There’s always something to do and see in the big apple. You’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money when you visit NYC. Here is our list of exciting free places to visit in New York City:
1. Staten Island
The Staten Island Ferry, which consists of nine boats, runs between Manhattan and Staten Island from Whitehall Terminal to St. George Terminal and vice versa. The ferry leaves each terminal on the hour and half hour, and takes 25 minutes for a five-mile trip. Once aboard, you’ll have views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as lower Manhattan.
2. New York City Public Library
Located just a few blocks east of Times Square and all its razzmatazz, the NYPL and Bryant Park are hidden gems that are easy to visit even if you have the most action packed itinerary. Besides simply checking out the awesome exterior of the building, which was the largest all marble structure in the world when it was built in 1911, the interior of the New York City Public Library holds a treasure trove of architectural and scholastic delights. Address: 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
3. Brooklyn Bridge
One of the most iconic bridges in NYC, if not the entire U.S., the Brooklyn Bridge also features an iconic view of Manhattan from its deck. Walk its length during the day or night and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view (in good weather).
4. Grand Central Terminal
It’s the city’s “Crown Jewel.” This famous landmark and transportation hub in Midtown is also a charming and enthralling dining, shopping and cultural center. Offering 60 shops, 35 restaurants and eateries, numerous places of artistic beauty and tales of intrigue, this culturally rich building and icon has been open to the public since February 1913.
5. Central Park
Central Park is one of the most iconic New York City attractions. Luckily, there’s plenty to do here year-round. From carriage rides to bike tours to Shakespeare in the Park, you can’t see all of Central Park in just one day.
6. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral takes up an entire block on Fifth Avenue from 50th to 51st streets, across from Rockefeller Plaza and smack dab in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Even with all of the chaos outside its walls, you’ll be enveloped in a sea of calm and quiet when you enter this Roman Catholic cathedral.
7. MOMA (on a Friday evening)
NYC is full of museums, but arguably one of the most popular ones is the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA. This is a great attraction for visitors of all ages, and there is a mix of exhibits, events, and films to enjoy. Usually, adult admission is $25, but if you visit on a Friday evening, admission is free. You can enjoy a free evening of fun every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
8. Times Square
It’s a centrally-located neighborhood within New York City with a host of restaurants, attractions and much more. Times Square has a storied legacy, as the initial location of the city’s famous newspaper, The New York Times. There are plenty of ways to spend your time in Times Square. Of course, you’ll want to stand in one of the plazas that are blocked off from traffic and take in the dazzling signs and neon lights. But there’s more to do than just walk and sit around in the area.
9. Chrysler Building
Many consider the Chrysler Building to be New York’s crowning glory. An Art Deco beauty of 77 floors, it has a magnificent spire that cuts into the sky. It’s worth visiting to see the lobby, which has a beautiful mural on the ceiling.
10. Domino Park
The Williamsburg waterfront has seen a dramatic shift in its landscape over the last year. The former Domino Sugar Refinery has been a landmark in the neighborhood since the 19th century and now its ruins have been transformed into an 11-acre park and playground for adults and kids alike. The park stretches along for a quarter mile of the Williamsburg waterfront, providing a drastically different scene than the rugged factory building and industrial backdrop that marked the shoreline before.