Free things to do in New York City!

New York is one of my favorite cities! I first visited NYC back in 2007 when I attended a seminar before moving to San Francisco to work as a nanny and I can’t wait to head back someday.. I love NYC for many reasons; the international vibe, the good energy, charming neighborhoods, and lot’s of great restaurants, bars, outdoor markets and attractions. It’s impossible to get bored!
One of my biggest dreams and Bucketlist goals are to live in New York City for a month and experience everything the city has to offer “like a local”. Last year I created a New York City Bucketlist and in preparation for a future “short term move” I decided to create a list over free things to do in NYC. With a high price level (because yes, NYC is expensive), this guide definitely comes in handy. Money saved on attractions and activities you can do for free, is money you can spend elsewhere (I’m voting for shopping and great dining experiences!). If you’re thinking about a future trip to NYC, I hope this guide will be helpful to you. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

– Bring your own food, drinks and snacks and have a picnic in Central Park
– Take the Staten Island Ferry and take in the views of Manhattan Skyline & Statute of Liberty
– Tour the City Hall of New York City
– Walk across Brooklyn Bridge at sunset (the most ideal time for the best pictures!)
– See the monuments at Ground Zero
– See a free concert at Summerstage (NYC Largest performing arts festival)
Take a picture at Carrie’s Steps (For all the Sex and The City fans πŸ’ž)
– Walk around the iconic New York City neighborhoods
– Go kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse waterfront
– Visit the National September 11 Memorial Museum (Free entrance Tuesdays after
– Take a walk on the High Line with a take-away coffee
– See the massive billboards on Times Square
– Visit famous film & TV locations
– Read a book in the Rose Room at New York City Public Library
– Visit the MOMA – Museum of Modern Art (Free Entrance Friday’s 4-8 pm)
– Take a free outdoor yoga class or boot camp class in Bryant Park
– Attend a “movie under the stars” (Here’s a schedule for 2020!)
– Admire the flowers at Brooklyn Botanical Garden
– Step inside and admire the beautiful art & architecture of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral
– Explore the iconic Grand Central Station
– Visit Governor’s Island
– Attend a Chelsea Art Gallery Opening (Here’s a list over exhibitions + if you attend an opening on Tuesday, there’s usually free cheese + wine!)
Attend a free group meditation class
– Experience the busy vibe of stressful brokers at Wall Street
– People’s watching by the Bethesda fountain
– Spend a day at the beach (Here’s a guide to the best beaches close to New York City)
– Go for a stroll/run through Central Park
– See the world’s most iconic tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center
– Visit more free New York Museums (overview here)
– Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
– Browse the Brooklyn Flea Market for inspiration
– Go on a free walking tour of Manhattan (Sign up here)
– Test your skills and knowledge and by at a pub quiz
– Visit the Whitney Museum of American Art (“Pay what you wish” on Fridays 7- 9.30 pm)
– Sign up for a free Brooklyn Brewery tour and learn about beer brewing
– Check out a free comedy show (google online how to get free tickets!)
– Check out some of the best street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn
– Visit the Guggenheim Museum (Free entrance Saturdays 5 – 8 pm)
– Play Bingo with a group of friends in Bryant Park

Have you ever been to New York before? Any recommendations? πŸ™‚

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