18 things to do for free in New York

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Then, you can enjoy these 18 things to do for free in New York, some of which are normally paid for;).

Finally, if you want to know all that is possible to do in New York, I invite you to read our full article on what to do in New York.



1. Visit MOMA for free on Friday afternoon

MoMA is one of the largest art museums in New York. You can visit it for free on Friday between 16 p.m. and 20 p.m. Entrance is then paid by the UNIQLO store. During these hours there are long queues and lots of visitors.

Address : 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019 – Metro : station 5AV/ 53street

2. New York Public Library

Guarded by two magnificent lions patience and fortitude symbol who fiercely defend culture and knowledge. The New York public Library is one of the largest cultural institutions in the world. Access to the library is completely free. There is no need for identification. All documents must be consulted on site.

Address :  5th Ave at 42nd St, New York, NY 10018 – Metro : station 42st/ Bryant Park 

3. Browse the many galleries in Chelsea

The Chelsea district, considered by some to be the temple of art, often hosts openings in most galleries. Walk around the corner and keep an eye out (basically between 20th and 30th streets, and between 10th and 11th avenues). Who knows, you might stumble upon some free wine and cheese.



4. Free beers every Tuesday at Bierkraft

For all the heavy beer drinkers, these tips will delight you. No need for a lot of explanation you will quickly understand! On tasting Tuesdays, the Bierkraft offers free beers to customers. Each week different beers will be offered to you.

Address : 191 Fifth Ave near park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Metro : station Union street

5. Broadway every Thursday during your lunch break

To see some of Broadway's best musicals for free, check out Broadway in Bryant Park every Thursday. This annual event allows artists from the best shows in town to descend into the park to play bits and pieces of Sister Act, Mamma Mia and others.

6. Socrates Sculpture Park

A short trip to Long Island will take you to the fantastic Socrates Sculpture Park, an open-air exhibition space where all shows are free, 365 days a year. Expect interactive sculptures, with views of Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side.

7. Tuesday and Saturday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

For people on a tight budget (a bit like me to be honest), here is a good plan that should interest you. Indeed, if you want to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for free, you just have to come to the entrance every Tuesday and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. No more excuses for not going !!!


8. Visit Chelsea Brewing gratuite

Every Saturday, from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m., Manhattan's only operating brewery offers free guided tours. In addition to learning interesting details about Chelsea Brewing, you will receive a free sample of beer at the end of the visit to quench your thirst.


Address : 59 Chelsea Piers New York, NY10011 – Metro : station  14 St

9. Big Apple Greeter

If you want to see the city in a small group with a native New Yorker and city-loving guide, Big Apple Greeter is for you. For almost 20 years, this non-profit association has offered to introduce visitors to New York for free.

10. Fridays at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx is no longer a dirty neighborhood as we could see in many movies or a few years ago if you have the chance you can go to the Bronx Zoo located in Bronx Park. It is not very well known and few tourists think of going there, yet it is one of the most beautiful zoo in the world. On Fridays you can go for free even if a donation is suggested.

Address : 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460 – Metro : station  180 st

11. Free Tai Chi lessons on Wednesdays during the summer

For the more motivated among you, during the summer months, near Fort Tyron Park. Classes start at 6am every Wednesday, a simple and above all inexpensive way to enjoy an hour of serene exercise with qualified teachers.


12.Take the Staten Island Ferry to admire Manhattan

The Staten Island ferry (south ferry) is for me an essential thing to see the island of Manhattan, as well as Liberty Island (where the Statue of Liberty is located) or Ellis Island, indeed crossing right through the port from New York the ferry offers you a magnificent panorama of the south of the island of Manhattan and all this for free.


13. Walk the High Line

The New York High Line stretches along the old Meatpacking Rail Line, with fantastic views of the city. Start on Gansevoort Street, and stroll down the grassy tracks to West 34th Street.

14. Free pizza au Mark Bar

If you manage well, eating is not very expensive in New York. But for the frugal among you there is a place where you won't even have to reach for the wallet. This is The Mark Bar which offers free pizzas every day at 18 p.m. As a bonus, the hospitality extends to Sundays, where you can return and receive a free bagel with cream cheese and hot coffee.

Address : 1025 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY11222 – Metro : station Greenpoint

16. Friday afternoon at the New York Aquarium

New York's largest aquarium, home to walruses, sea lions, piranhas, and penguins, opens for free on Friday afternoons (pay-what-you-wish).

Address :  602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224 – Metro : station W8 - NY Aquarium

17. Free interpretation course at the Magnet Theater

A few days a month, the Magnet Theater organizes a workshop led by animators to give you free interpretation lessons. No experience is required to participate, an opportunity to let go. And for the more timid, the Magnet Theater will offer them tickets of $ 5 to $ 10 only to attend several shows.

Address :  254 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 – Metro : station 28st 

18. Saturday afternoon at the Guggenheim

On Saturday late afternoon it gets very crowded, especially during the new exhibitions but it's worth the queue to enter this magnificent museum for free and admire the works of art as you stroll through the aisles. circulars. This modern art museum with a very special design gives you the possibility to pay what you want on Saturdays from 17:45 to 19:45 p.m.

 Address :  1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 – Metro : station 86 st

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