Best Free Things to Do in New York City

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in New York City

Best Free Things to Do in New York City

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  • Quinn-donna
    Watton, UK17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited New York in march for a surprise. Took the afternoon to have a chilled one and walk around the park. The weather was amazing and it was so relaxing and no hustle and bustle. Made you forget that you were in the middle of New York City. Nice little restaurant in the middle that serves delicious iced coffees and amazing cakes.
    Written May 26, 2024
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  • Nicks J
    Edinburgh, UK44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is such a lovely thing to do! We went last week - didn’t walk the entire thing but we did walk most it. It was a lovely day which helped, and it was a truly beautiful, peaceful oasis. Really pleased that we did it; will definitely do it again!
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Kate L
    San Jose, CA27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing! The talent is unbelievable, and the storytelling is genius! The band, the dancers, and the actor playing Michael were just incredible. This show is amazing.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Velox
    Velox171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is something every visitor to NYC should do. The bridge itself seems to exude the confidence of NYC - even in the rain. Walking north - south means you're pretty soon in Dumbo which itself is worth the visit, so if you're travelling to Dumbo, give yourself a treat and walk the bridge/
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • 961rickyc
    London, UK1,057 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place, love the architecture. The Apple Store in Grand Central is amazing, had my first Apple Vision Pro demo experience which was brilliant. This Vision Pro is not available in UK. Also visited the shuttle platform between Grand Central & Times Sq which was filmed in my favourite movie French Connection. Shame the custard cart is no more, but i is the same steps and platform Charnier and Gene Hackman used.
    Written May 26, 2024
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  • Ellie K
    Birmingham, UK296 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Manhattan Skyline is a very impressive view and reminds me of when New York features in films and tv shows. It was great seeing this view for free from the Staten Island Ferry.
    Written May 16, 2024
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  • Kimberly W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My time spent in Times Square was grand. We were there from Friday-Sunday. Not enough time to do much. However, those few days were enjoyable. I was so amazed at how many people visit time square daily. I just wanted to spend all my time there walking around Times Square. My hotel was 2-3 minutes from time square with a nice city view from my room. I will definitely be back soon with a 4-5 day stay 😁
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Ildiko T
    Budajeno, Hungary611 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After I have seen the reviews of the company who brings the tourists to Liberty & Ellis islands and I have seen the queue before opening hours I decided to skip it.. although I really wanted to go to the immigration museum. But Staten Island ferry gives you the perfect ride to admire the islands and the Lady, close enough and free of charge. It is a must! Don’t let yourself ripped off do this ferry unless you want to tour the Lady at any costs.
    Written May 24, 2024
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  • BlackMambaNumberFive
    Wilmington, NC152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped by this park when another event did not work out. We were greeting by a beautiful fountain that looks like a bouquet. We could have browsed around several stalls and eaten at the park as well. Good location right next to the subway.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Christina C G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited the NY Public Library for a break from the city noise and to soak in the art, architecture, and history of the building. Spent time in the famed Rose Reading Room and perused some sections of books. Sat at a desk and took in the gorgeous ceiling and wood features all around the room. Check out the interactive map in the Visitors’ Center to plan your route.
    Written May 25, 2024
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  • soinic
    Lux.2,470 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an iconic landmark not to be missed, we "visit" Rockefeller Center each time we are in NYC.

    "Free activity"

    The "Channel Gardens" are nice to have a look at ...
    Written May 11, 2024
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,354 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St Patrick's Cathedral is the largest Catholic Church in New York City. St Patrick's is in the heart of New York. It has large congregations during holy days, such as Easter and Christmas. When the Cathedral was built in the mid-19th century, most of the diocese consisted of Irish people, for whom St Patrick was their patron saint. St Patrick's Cathedral is a holy center for the Catholic Church in the United States.
    Written May 25, 2024
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  • John B
    Scottsdale, AZ467 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My first visit. But not my last visit. Just plain "Wow". I had no idea. Its like Disneyland for adults. So many things to do and see. I was a bit overwhelmed and I now know to plan on much more time for shopping and eating.
    Written May 24, 2024
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  • Randy E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most friendly and helpful receptionist and staff ever, I had lovely and great first impression of the hotel. Everything about the hotel was exceptional. It was clean, stylish, roomy with excellent service in where we had dinner. Food was good and great value for money and service was attentive and efficient. This was truly a place where you didn't need to leave the hotel.
    Written May 22, 2024
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