7 Free things to do in New York City

7 Free things to do in New York City

Heading to New York City can be very exciting. There are so many things to do and see and experience. For those who have been to New York City before, you know how expensive it can be to even get into the city. That doesn’t even include how much it costs to do things in New York. If you want to plan a trip to the Big Apple but you need to make it a little easier on your wallet, then you will want to check out some of the free things that New York City has to offer.

7 Free Things to Do In New York City

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Castle Clinton National Monument

Located at the end of Manhattan, it is free to enter the monument and there are also free guided tours. I tis a great place to get on the ferry to go to the Statue of Liberty (no free) or just to wonder around and explore. You can see the Statue of Liberty from the Monument. Visit the Castle Clinton National Monument for more information to plan your trip.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the view

The Brooklyn bridge is a hybrid bride of cable stayed and suspension bridge. It is one of the oldest of either kind of bridge in the country. There are walking and riding tours offered for a fee from many companies in New York City. It makes more sense to walk the bridge on your own time and save the fees.

Go on a Forgotten Walking tour

Forgotten offers free walking tours of places that have been forgotten in New York City. The tours are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. See the tour schedule here.

Village Alliance Free Tour of Greenwich

Long loved by artists and students who frequent the neighborhood’s coffee shops, theaters and music clubs.  Greenwich Village has stood the test of time with its charm.

National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian features permanent and temporary exhibition that explores Native Americans. The museum also has a variety of public programs like films, symposia, and music and dance performances.

Go Fishing in Central Park

Go fishing in the Harlem Meer. The Harlem Meer features a wide variety of fish including largemouth bass, chain pickerel, carp, sunfish and pumpkinseed. Other animals at the Harlem Meer are waterfowl and turtles. Equipment and bait are available for free from Dana Discovery Center. Fishing at Harlem Meer is catch and release.

Be Part of a Studio Audience

There are many shows that tape in New York City that offer free tickets to be part of the audience. Look online for the show you would like to attend to see how you get the tickets.



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Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.

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