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Free Things To Do In New York

New York is one of the most visited cities in the world and that is for a good reason. The city is home to some of the most beautiful sights and attractions in the world, which caters to all kinds of travellers. For those who are trying to save money, the best way to enjoy the city is to check out the many cheap things to do in New York. By simply exploring the city streets at night, you’ll come across various street performers that are truly entertaining to watch!

It’s a known fact that New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Thankfully, there are plenty of free things to do in New York that you can take advantage of. If you want to learn about the city’s culture and history, make sure you visit the free museums in New York. There are also a number of free attractions in New York that are truly worth a visit. Among these are the Central Park, the Federal Hall, City Hall, Governor’s Island, and many more!

What’s great about visiting New York is that there are lots of exciting things to do regardless of the season. For instance, one of the free things to do in New York this summer is to explore the Central Park, where you can enjoy the good weather and perhaps, have picnic! If you’re traveling with kids, one of the free things to do in New York with kids is to explore the Times Square, where you’ll find lots of exciting activities and street performances.

So if you’re planning for a budget trip to New York, then check out these free things to do in New York.

Free Attractions in New York

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Times Square

Times Square is a focal point of New York City. The bright lights and vibrancy epitomise the rise of New York’s popular culture. The area was originally owned by John Morin Scott, who served George Washington in New York’s militia during the American Revolution. The value of the land first became apparent when John Jacob Astor began to sell plots it to new hotels and other real estate, as the city’s growth spread this far uptown. The...

Skip the Line KGB Espionage Museum Ticket

clock Duration: 60 to 180
  • This is an opportunity to view and learn about the largest KGB espionage objects from the Soviet.
  • You will explore and interact with original and authentic artifacts and experience the life of a spy in the soviet era.
  • See KGB artifacts collection that have never been viewed before
  • Get to understand the secrets
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Central Park

Centrally located in Manhattan New York City, Central Park has been offering public recreational space since 1857. Now spanning 840 acres of city owned land, it is the most visited urban park in the whole of America with around 35 million visitors annually. In 1962, Central Park became a designated National Historic Landmark and is currently looked after by the Central Park Conservancy. The area has played host to many stellar events over the...

9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Walking Tour with Optional 9/11 Museum

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  • This is a tour of the place that suffered the hardest attacks during September 11
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City Hall

Centrally situated in City Hall Park, City Hall is the oldest of its kind in the whole of America. Built between 1810 and 1812, it is recorded as a National Historic Landmark and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. It contains both the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. Numerous presidents have passed through the walls of New York City Hall and to this day George...

Whitney Museum of American Art Admission Ticket

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  • This is a ticket that gives you access to some of the finest American Art domiciled in Whitney Museum
  • Enjoy an exceptional artistic experience from a premier collection of artistic works
  • Enjoy a creative exhibition of valuable and influential American art
  • Sample more than 350 works of art
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Federal Hall

The Federal Hall in New York has played an important role in the history of the United States of America. The building itself was built in 1700, a mere 74 years after the land was purchased from the Native Americans by Dutch colonies. The Federal Hall was the location where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States. This was also the place where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced to congress....

New York Botanical Garden Ticket

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  • A pre-booked ticket lets you visit the best outdoor attraction in New York without queueing to buy your entrance ticket.
  • A fantastic opportunity to take a break from New York's busy city centre and get a breath of fresh air.
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Brooklyn Brewery Tour

Take a free guided tour of Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery and see where the borough's craft beer revolution started, this being one of the city's first post-prohibition craft breweries. Learn how the hops are made and the history of the company that started out as a 1-man home micro brewery before expanding into the success that you see today.

You can also visit the taproom after the tour to try some of the craft beers but there is a...

The Museum of Modern Art Admission Ticket

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  • This is one of the best art galleries in New York for contemporary and conceptual art.
  • This is a fast track entrance ticket which you can use to make the most of your visit the Museum of Modern Art and to make the most of your time in New York City.
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Governors Island

The small land space of Governors Island played an important role in New York’s colonial history. Even before European colonies settled in the area, the Native Americans held the island in high regard. They referred to it as ‘Paggank’ which translates as ‘Nut Island’ because of its number of oak and chestnut trees. During the American Revolution, the island was fortified and used by both American revolutionaries and British...

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

clock Duration: 45 minutes
  • It is a journey to the observation platform of the Empire State Building, which offers great views.
  • An opportunity to see two interesting exhibitions.
  • See top attractions of the Big Apple from a great perspective.
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African Burial Ground

Dating back to the late 17th and 18th centuries, the African Burial Ground is a reminder to New York City of the many Africans who spent their lives in slavery. The original burial ground spanned 6.6 acres and is believed to have interred around 20,000 people during the 1700s. Confined to history until 1991, it was not until the construction of the Ted Weiss Federal Building that this dark chapter of their past came to light. 419 sets of...

American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket

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  • A fantastic overview of the life that once existed on earth.
  • A display of various remains and reconstructions of beings that once roamed our world.
  • An insightful journey through the history of our universe.
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The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology

The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology draws in crowds of upwards of 10,000 people per year. Established in 1969, it claims a place amongst the illustrious list of the American Alliance of Museums. Producing informative and entertaining exhibits since 1975, expect a journey of fashionable education. With a collection of over 50,000 pieces, The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology is certainly a treat for the eyes. All of the...

New York City FreeStyle Pass and Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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  • This is a convenient and flexible way of viewing and entering into some of the most amazing attractions of NYC
  • An access to three hop on and hop off busses through downtown and uptown Brooklyn and an opportunity to get an elevated view of NYC
  • An opportunity to interact with a professional guide who will show you famous
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Chelsea Galleries

Take a trip to the west side of Manhattan and you will find the neighbourhood of Chelsea. Attracting artistic types and trendy residents, this is largely due to the Chelsea Galleries which make up six blocks of this area. Rows of industrial space have been converted to display a varied selection of up-and-coming contemporary art. Chelsea cemented its place as the centre of the New York art world in the mid-1990s, when the art galleries made a...

New York CityPASS

clock Duration: 30 days
  • This is a nine days exploration of major NYC attractions such as the natural history museum, Empire state building, and the metropolitan art museum at an affordable price.
  • BY purchasing one ticket you receive the right to skip many lines and spend less while experiencing much more than regular visitors.
  • Get admission to
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Forbes Galleries

Nestled on the ground floor of the impressive Forbes building in Greenwich Village, is Forbes Galleries. They showcase the illustrious Malcolm Forbes Collection. It developed from the obsession Malcolm had with collectables throughout his life. Forbes Galleries boast a large permanent collection of fine art and expensive trinkets. The Forbes family hold an esteemed place in American history and their bi-weekly business publication of the same...

Skip the Line Madame Tussauds New York Admission Ticket

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  • This is an opportunity to interact with life-like celebrity figures of your liking and taking selfie pictures with them.
  • It is a chance to get a lifetime experience in Time Square with marvel 4D picture films, exhibits, interactive rooms, and a 7D Dark riding experience subject to the type of ticket you have.
  • This
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