8 cool, free things to do in New York City that aren’t Times Square or Central Park


There is full free things to do when visiting New York on a budget.

Take some selfies in Times Square.

Stroll under the tall trees of Central Park.

Walking the streets of Brooklyn trying not to enter everything you come across little shops cute and trendy bars …

But there are also dozens of free things that you might think less about, especially if this is your first visit. Here are eight of our favorites:

1. Take the ferry from Staten Island (to see the Statue of Liberty)

No need to pay to see the Statue of Liberty up close. The ferry – free – who goes to Staten Island will show it to you on the way, in addition to offering you great views of Manhattan. An attraction in itself.

2. Go to Rockaway Beach

Surf, food trucks and soft sand … You wouldn’t know it, but there are some great beaches in New York. Take the subway and go extend your coverage to Rockaway Beach, Queens. And keep an eye out: sometimes we see dolphins!

3. Take a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery

This iconic brewery trendy Williamsburg offers free tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at set times. Of course, you might end up spending a few dollars to taste the beer afterwards, but hey, you have to hydrate yourself well. And then, you have the right to bring your food, that compensates.

4. Spend a Friday night at MoMA

The must-see Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opens its doors to all art lovers, free of charge, on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s not the only museum that costs nothing: dozens of establishments offer free access to their exhibits at all times or at certain times. Here is the full list.

5. Cross the famous Brooklyn Bridge

This iconic New York bridge, an engineering feat of 1883, is a spot perfect for a photo shoot. Its pedestrian path offers splendid views on both sides of the Hudson. Don’t forget to extend your walk along the waterfront to Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

6. Stroll through the High Line Park

Want more proof that New York is cool? The High Line Park is a former suspended railway line transformed into a park (2.3 km) and a public space dedicated to nature, art and design. Inaugurated in 2009, it is already a Manhattan “classic” and often offers free performances.

7. Take a detour to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

This site includes a museum (free only on Tuesdays) and a large park (always free) with architectural works in memory of the victims of September 11, including huge “waterfalls” that should move you. If you haven’t seen them yet, don’t hesitate to take this detour.

8. Find a favorite art gallery in Chelsea

The Chelsea district has long been known for its artistic side. The concentration of art galleries there is impressive: there are more than 400 of them. And they are free. Good luck for make your choice.

* These ideas are taken from our archives and lists like it, it, it and it.

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