New York City Guide - Free Things to do in NYC
List of 21 "things to do" in New York City absolutely free of charge.
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 the 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)
Although 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 under $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. Click 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 Here
- 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 212-656-5167
- 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 garden.
- Take advantage of free or "pay what you wish" nights at the city's finest museums, including:
The Whitney Museum of American Art (Friday nights free, 212-570-3676)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim (Fridays 5-8 pay what you wish, 212-423-3500)
The Museum of American Folk Art, free (212-977-7170)
The Cooper-Hewitt 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 (212-868-0521).
- 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 available, 212-757-5730).
- 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 (212-491-2200).
- 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 (212-439-1049).
- 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 212-360-3444).
- If you are in town on the 4th of July make sure to check out Macy's Annual 4th of July Fireworks. Click here to see our guide.