Enjoy Ten Thrills of NYC, All For Free



Sure, you could drop a bunch of coin to go to the top of the Empire State Building, eat at the fanciest places or walk around on the grounds of the Statue of Liberty. But what if we told you that you could take a boat ride right past Lady Liberty without spending a dime? It's a possibility and thousands of New Yorkers who ride the Staten Island Ferry do it every day.

New York is chock full of free gems like these ones, but to find them, the secret is connecting with a local who knows all the tricks. Luckily for you, we're spilling our beans and dishing up the best free spots to enjoy in New York City.

From long, luxurious walks through the city's parks, including the elevated High Line, to the weird, wacky and wonderful sights at Coney Island, this list curates the best of New York's offerings into a tidy little package. 

So, no matter how small - or non-existent- your budget is, you're still capable of having a great time in the Big Apple. Now, without further ado, allow us to present to you the 10Best list of New York City's free things to do. 


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Coney Island
Coney Island
Photo courtesy of Luna Park

Coney Island is home to New York's alternative side. From the yearly mermaid parade to the hot dog eating contest, this beachy outreach of the city feels a million miles away. If you can't make it for an event (though you really should try!),...  Read More




Serving as New York's seat of the archbishop, this gothic-style building has distinct American features while maintaining a European feel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. New York architect James Renwick, also known for designing "The Castle"...  Read More




Even if going to a library isn't on your list of "must see" attractions back home, be sure to make an exception for the New York Public Library. This system holds one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections. Books, periodicals,...  Read More




Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 to provide artists with the opportunities and the space to exhibit large-scale sculptures and multi-media presentations. In this unique outdoor environment, trees are dwarfed by the results of creative...  Read More




Spanning from the South Street Seaport to Brooklyn Heights, the famous Brooklyn Bridge has ushered New Yorkers across the East River since 1883. A must-see for any visitor to the Big Apple, the best way to experience the bridge is to take the...  Read More




Said to be "Manhattan's only remaining great gateway," Grand Central Terminal (not "station" as it is often mistakenly called) is a magnificent example of art meeting functionality. The Beaux Arts facade that stretches along 42nd Street features...  Read More




For nearly a century, the brightest lights, the biggest music, the longest parties and all the star power you could ask for have stemmed off a street called Broadway. At one time not so long ago, this area was a haven for decadence. Seedy sex...  Read More


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Staten Island

Leaving Manhattan, you gaze at the most enduring symbol of the city, the Statue of Liberty, ahead on the right, with the sleek Verrazano-Narrows Bridge dominating the left. Then you realize that skyscrapers are assuming postcard dimensions of...  Read More


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Upper East Side
Central Park
Photo courtesy of JaysonPhotography/iStock


Eight hundred acres of green space in the middle of Manhattan sounds like a fable. And yet, that's exactly what Central Park is, which is why you'll find joggers, nature lovers and bikers getting their fix of greenery every day. In the winter,...  Read More


1
West Village


A true lesson in urban renewal, the High Line is built on an abandoned railroad line elevated above Manhattan's westside. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to Midtown's W. 34th Street, the High Line has quickly claimed...  Read More


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Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea

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