New York, the city that never sleeps is easily one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it doesn’t have to be. You can enjoy New York like a local and have a blast in the Big Apple for free. Sounds impossible, well, it isn’t and I’m about to show you how to have fun for free in New York City. This city is magical and full of fun activities and events to enjoy that won’t cost you a dime and will show you just how awesome New York truly is.
Many museums in New York offer a few days a month or week for free and that is a great deal. New York is known for it’s incredible museums full of culture and classic works of art, but often they have a hefty price tag attached. If you know where to look, you can find out that most of these museums offer free or discounted rates, so keep your eye out and enjoy in some of NY’s incredible culture and class.
Most art galleries in New York are free to enter because they want people to browse their art and hopefully make a purchase. Believe me, it feels good to pretend to be art shopping while checking out the thriving art scene in Chelsea. Within a 10 block radius are some of the best art galleries in all of New York, so check out 18th to 28th streets between 10th and 11th avenues.
New York is known for having some epic public parks and we aren’t just talking about the big daddy, Central Park. Most of the urban parks have awesome sculptures and statues, while some feature fountains and playgrounds. All are free and most are wonderfully maintained. Take your kids to the Washington Square Park fountain or Jacqueline Onassis reservoir in Central Park. These parks are here for your pleasure, so enjoy them.
I’m on a boat! Get out there and see The Statue of Liberty for free by taking a free ferry. The ferry runs from lower Manhattan to Staten Island every 20 minutes and takes passengers pretty close to Ellis Island and old lady liberty herself. Best thing is you don’t have to stay in Staten Island, just get off and back on the ferry and head back to the city. You can get amazing pictures of The Statue of Liberty from the deck.
There aren’t better places in the world to just walk around and sightsee. The city’s huge buildings surround some of the most iconic sights you will see anywhere, so check out the city. Only a few buildings charge to get to the top but many times you can find views for free. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or checkout times square. The busier the attraction, the more there are to see, so check out what this huge city has to offer.
Most comedy clubs in the city charge a flat fee for entry where you can see some of the world’s greatest comedians. But if you are looking for a great comedy show without paying an entry fee, look no further than UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) on Sunday Nights for ASSSSCAT, a free comedy show with plenty of celebrities. The first show of the evening is $10 but the second show is always free, all you have to do is wait in line for about an hour.