USA 10 best free things to do or see in New York City

Date: 26th Sep 2017
Author: Nuria Costa

The best things are always for free

1. Staten Island ferry

When visiting New York City, it is a must to see the Statue of Liberty. Ferry tours there start at $12. But there is another option for budget travelers. The Staten Island Ferry! It goes almost every 30 minutes and on its road it passes along the Statue of Liberty. Then when you reach the Staten Island you can easily hop back on to get back to New York. One-way takes around 30 minutes and it is absolutely free of any charge. The ferry has its typical orange color and it starts at the East end of Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.

2. Central park

Iconic spot of many famous movies and a good way how to spend a nice day in NYC. It is up to you whether you wanna go for jogging, picnic or just walk around. Central park is a great getaway from the concrete jungle.

3. Empire Fulton Ferry Park

Fulton Park is a park in New York named after Robert Fulton, who is best known for being responsible of the first commercially successful steamboat. Nowadays it is a great spot to meet your friends or sit and read or drink coffee. There is a wonderful view of Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge.

4. High Line

It used to be a monorail track and now it's a park! It is definitely worth going there. There are wonderful Hudson River views and of pedestrians on the sidewalks below. The park is around 10 meters (30 feet) in the air. Sometimes you can even encounter some public-art installations and events. Location: Gansevoort Street to 30th St (currently), between 9th & 11th Aves, Chelsea.

5. Chelsea galleries

New York's most concentrated area for a gallery crawl is in Chelsea, mostly in the 20s Streets between 10th and 11th Avenues. All  galleries are free, no pressure to buy anything. And try the right time for wine-and-cheese openings on Thursday evenings.

6. New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is the New York's most famous library, which turned 100 in 2011. It is situated in a grand Beaux-Arts icon east of Times Square. There are two marble lions named 'Patience' and 'Fortitude,' in front of the building. It is one of the largest scientific libraries in the world. There are also some exhibits too, including a copy of the original Declaration of Independence, a Gutenburg Bible, plus 431,000 old maps. There are free tours.

7. National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is one of the country's finest collections of Native American art. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas. The focus is on culture, not history. Daily open and the admission is free. Where: 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan.

8. Green-Wood Cemetery

Once the nation's most visited tourist attraction outside Niagara Falls, Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America and is the eternal home to some 600,000 people including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors. It's leafy and lovely, features Brooklyn's highest point at Battle Hill, a site from the Revolutionary War, now marked with a seven-foot statue of the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks. Where: 500 25th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

9. City Hall

The New York City Hall is the home to New York City's government since 1812, City Hall tours take in its cupola-topped marble hall, the governor's room as well as the spot where Abraham Lincoln's coffin lay in state briefly in 1865. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. Tours must be reserved in advance. Where: City Hall Park, facing the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan.

10. Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is located in the Bronx, exactly at the Bronx park. It is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States. On average, the zoo has 2,15 million visitors per a year.  It comprises 107 ha of parks and expositions. he Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal collection, and its award-winning exhibitions.[5] The zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). On Wednesday, General Admission is by pay-what-you-wish donation.

1. Staten Island Ferry

When visiting New York City, it is a must to see the Statue of Liberty. Ferry tours there start at $12. But there is another option for budget travelers. The Staten Island Ferry! It goes almost every 30 minutes and on its road it passes along the Statue of Liberty. Then when you reach the Staten Island you can easily hop back on to get back to New York. One-way takes around 30 minutes and it is absolutely free of any charge. The ferry has its typical orange color and it starts at the East end of Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.

 

2. Central park

Iconic spot of many famous movies and a good way how to spend a nice day in NYC. It is up to you whether you wanna go for jogging, picnic or just walk around. Central park is a great getaway from a concrete jungle.

3. Empire Fulton Ferry Park

Fulton Park is a park in New York named after Robert Fulton, who is best known for being responsible of the first commercially successful steamboat. Nowadays it is a great spot to meet your friends or sit and read or drink coffee. There is a wonderful view of Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge

 

4. High Line!

 

It used to be a monorail track and now it's a park! It is definitely worth going there. There are wonderful Hudson River views and of pedestrians on the sidewalks below. The park is around 10 meters (30 feet) in the air. Sometimes you can even encounter some public-art installations and events. Location: Gansevoort Street to 30th St (currently), between 9th & 11th Aves, Chelsea.

 

5. Chelsea galleries

 

New York's most concentrated area for a gallery crawl is in Chelsea, mostly in the 20s Streets between 10th and 11th Avenues. All  galleries are free, no pressure to buy anything. And try the right time for wine-and-cheese openings on Thursday evenings.

6. New York Public Library

The New York Public Library, New York's most famous library, which turned 100 in 2011. It is situated in a grand Beaux-Arts icon east of Times Square. There are two marble lions named 'Patience' and 'Fortitude,' in front of the building. It is one of the largest scientific libraries in the world. There are also some exhibits too, including a copy of the original Declaration of Independence, a Gutenburg Bible, plus 431,000 old maps. There are free tours.

7. National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is one of the country's finest collections of Native American art. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas. The focus is on culture, not history. Daily open and the admission is free. Where: 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan.

8. Green-Wood Cemetery

Once the nation's most visited tourist attraction outside Niagara Falls, Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America and is the eternal home to some 600,000 people including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors. It's leafy and lovely, features Brooklyn's highest point at Battle Hill, a site from the Revolutionary War, now marked with a seven-foot statue of the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks. Where: 500 25th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

9. City Hall

The New York City Hall is the home to New York City's government since 1812, City Hall tours take in its cupola-topped marble hall, the governor's room as well as the spot where Abraham Lincoln's coffin lay in state briefly in 1865. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. Tours must be reserved in advance. Where: City Hall Park, facing the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan.

10. Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is located in the Bronx, exactly at the Bronx park. It is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States. On average, the zoo has 2,15 million visitors per a year.  It comprises 107 ha of parks and expositions. he Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal collection, and its award-winning exhibitions.[5] The zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). On Wednesday, General Admission is by pay-what-you-wish donation.

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