6 Free things to do in New York

What to do in NYC for free

New York is undoubtedly one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. (and the world) but also a dream for many international travelers. While average accommodation can strip your wallet out, and coffee & muffin easily reach up to $10, it’s necessary to show that there are other possibilities to enjoy the city. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities of free tours, outdoor activities, and cultural attractions. Here are 6 fun free things you can do in NYC without spending a cent.

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Friday Evenings at the MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art is a must-see in New York if you want to see the great masters of modern and contemporary art. The museum has a collection of around 200,000 works! However not everyone can afford a $25 admission fee, right? If you are in this group and are in NY on Fridays, you should know that the museum offers free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. Besides, the sculpture garden is free every morning from 9:30 to 10 am. More info, here: https://www.moma.org/visit/discounts#free-admission

Take a Tour at the Central Park

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Central Park is an outdoor park, therefore it´s free and open to the public from 6am to 1am. However many people are not aware that the Central Park Conservancy offers 2 kinds of free guided tours there. One goes around the Southern part of the park and the second is in the heart of the park. More info: http://www.centralparknyc.org/tours/

Watch a Taping of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Ever thought of seeing Jimmy Fallon in person? You can watch a taping of The Tonight Show at NBC’s studios in Rockefeller Center, but it takes a bit of planning. Free tickets are released a month in advance, though if you’re lucky you can get standby tickets the night of the event. All the info you find here: https://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/tickets/main

Dream upon stars on the High Line

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The High Line, New York’s famous elevated park, is free and an amazing attraction by itself. But could you imagine you can also stargaze on the High Line? Every Tuesday, from April to October, starting at dusk, the Amateur Astronomers Association puts telescopes on the section between West 15th and West 16th Streets. It’s the perfect time to visit the park and feel the cosmos just in the heart of NYC. No RSVP needed. More info, go here: https://www.thehighline.org/events/stargazing/

Chelsea art galleries

What about hopping around the artsy neighborhood in Manhattan? So you have to head to Chelsea, where there are dozen of galleries with groundbreaking works and free-admission. Its galleries come in all shapes, sizes and annual budgets. You can have a broader view of Chelsea’s galleries here: http://www.chelseagalleries.nyc/


This is  New York’s largest, free outdoor performing arts festival, taking place in Central Park and in 15-18 neighborhood parks around. Its program brings big names in rock, indie, hip-hop, jazz. Admission to all free performances (not benefit concerts) is on a first come, first-served basis, no tickets required. All info here: https://cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/

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