What's Free in NYC? 13 Free Things to See/Do in New York City
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Experience the 13 best free things to see and do in New York City. With an expensive reputation it is reassuring that there are some wonderful free sites and experiences to be had in NYC, so take advantage and explore.
1. Walk The Park
Central Park is not only a good spot to lay out on the grass and relax, but it is also home to some worthy sites to see such as the Imagine mosaic in the Strawberry Fields section, among many others.
2. Visit An Urban Castle
In the center of Central Park lies Belvedere Castle. The Castle overlooks Turtle Pond and is a unique spot to enjoy on a warm summer's day.
3. Museum of Natural History
This museum, located on the western edge of Central Park is home to many natural wonders including dinosaur fossils. You have to get a ticket to enter and the admission center lists a suggested donation that looks like a fee, but it is not mandatory.
4. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Across the park is another wonderful museum, this one dedicated to art. The museum also lists a suggested donation that looks like an entrance fee, but you can ask for a ticket and tell them the price you are willing to pay, $0.
5. Be A Part Of Live TV
Check out the 30 Rock plaza and witness the Today Show production in the morning. If mornings aren't your thing then consider reserving tickets to see one of the late night shows, Fallon, etc, which film around 4-5 in the afternoon. Tickets usually become available around 4 weeks in advance when they film, but check out the show's website that you're interested in seeing.
6. Museum Of Modern Art On Fridays
On Fridays there is free admission into the Museum of Modern Art aka MoMa.
7. Ice Skate Bryant Park
Enjoy some ice time right in the middle of Manhattan. The entrance is free, but you will need to bring your skates and a lock to avoid lock and rental fees.
8. Celebrate The Locavore In You
Each Saturday Union Square hosts a Farmer's Market where each vendor must come from within 150 miles, ensuring fresh local produce.
9. Walk The Highline
Old train tracks hovering over 10th ave have been renovated into a truly fantastic park. Like another world, stroll past waist high grasses and flowers. The park is a great way to get to from 30th st down to 12th st without walking along the noisy street.
10. Variety In Washington Park
Take some time to stop, rest, relax in Washington Park which is located near NYU. It seems there is always something entertaining going on here. Often street musicians play live music during the warmer months.
11. Window Shop
Wander the streets of SoHo, but stay clear of Broadway St to explore the local boutiques of the area.
12. Walk The Brooklyn Bridge And Experience Epic Views
13. Cruise By The Statue Of Liberty
Take the Staten Island Ferry to get great views of the Statue of Liberty for free, departing from near Battery Park.
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