New York City Guide - Free Things to do in NYC
New York City is
ripe with money-saving possibilities for vacationers and locals alike, including hundreds of concerts, plays
and exhibitions to tempt you throughout
five boroughs as well as many discounted or free shows.
In New York City finding
the bargains is a skill you can easily master with our Things To
Do Guides that are also free (If only more things were)
we cannot suggest a free hotel in, but If you do plan to stay overnight, start
by saving on your room. Our hotel reservation services
offer steep discounts on quality lodgings, including many options for
$100. For example we offer rates as low as $55 per night for economy class
accommodations, and feature discounts at many New York hotel chains including
Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt and independent boutique properties as well.
Here For The Discount Hotels In New York
Here Are Free
and Super Low Cost Ways To Have Fun All Year Round In New York City.
- Get free audience
tickets to a New York TV show Click
- Tour New York City with
a resident who shares your interests through the city's highly successful
Big Apple Greeters program 212-669-2896
- Find out who's buried
in Grant's Tomb National Monument, and see exhibitions focusing
on the Civil War and the life of General Ulysses S. Grant (212-666-1640)
- Watch millions of
dollars trade hands at the hustling, bustling New York Stock Exchange
- See the World's largest
(when finished) Gothic Cathedral, St. John the Divine, near Columbia University
(212-316-7540), and explore its Biblical garden and children's sculpture
- Take advantage of
free or "pay what you wish" nights at the city's finest museums,
The Whitney Museum of American Art (Friday nights free, 212-570-3676)
Solomon R. Guggenheim (Fridays 5-8 pay what you wish, 212-423-3500)
The Museum of American Folk Art, free (212-977-7170)
National Museum of Design, Tuesday evenings free (212-860-6868)
The Steuben Gallery, free (212-752-1441)
- Explore thought-provoking
exhibitions at the breathtaking, beaux arts New York Public Library (212-869-8084),
and enjoy free concerts, outdoor movies and other special events in adjacent
Bryant Park (212-983-4142).
- Catapult into the future
at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, where interactive exhibitions thrill
children of all ages (212-833-8100).
- Take the Grand Tour
of midtown on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. (212-986-9317), or learn about the Late,
Great Pennsylvania Station on a monthly tour of the 34th Street facility
- Discover an Art Deco
masterpiece on a self-guided tour of majestic Rockefeller Center (free,
pick up maps in the main lobby of 30 Rockefeller Center, 212-698-2950),
where you can also enjoy the summer gardens or ice skating in winter
in the shadow of Manhattan's most magnificent skyscrapers (skate rentals
- Stroll the three-mile
boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn (free--the adjacent New York aquarium
with its multi-million dollar "Sea Cliffs" exhibition and hot
dogs at world-famous Nathan's are extra).
- Let African-American
culture inspire you at Harlem's Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
- Go back to a simpler
time at the Queens Country Farm Museum, a historic homestead (718-347-3276).
- Taste the Big Apple
at its sweetest at the Union Square Green Market, where you can sample fresh
fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cider and much more (212-477-3220).
- Discover Lower Manhattan's
greatest monuments and milestones on four self-guided historic walking
Heritage Trails, starting at the Heritage Trails Visitor and Information
Center at the Federal Hall National Memorial (212-767-0637).
- Explore the greenhouses
and gardens of Wave Hill, a 28-acre former estate overlooking the Hudson
River in the Bronx (free during the week and Saturdays before noon, otherwise
$4 adults, $2 seniors/students, 718-549-3200).
- Learn about New York's
historic neighborhoods on a free tour sponsored by the Municipal Arts Society
- Browse for bargains
at the famous Sixth Avenue Antiques Market, between 24th and 27th Streets
(free, weekends only). Other markets include the famous fleas at Columbus
Avenue and West 76th Street (Sundays only) and the weekend market
on Houston Street between Sullivan and Thompson.
- Catch the breeze even
in August on the Battery Park Esplanade, complete with spectacular
views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. In nearby Hudson River
Park, the Battery Park City Authority presents a "Sounds at Sunset"
summer series of poetry readings, cabaret and classical music (212-416-5328).
- Stop and smell the
roses at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and learn about botany and garden
lore at special exhibitions in the conservatory (718-622-4433).
- Enjoy the best classical
music, drama, opera, dance and jazz New York has to offer--including the
New York Philharmonic, City Opera, Shakespeare in the Park, and much
more--at free warm-weather concerts in the city parks (information
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