9 Free Things to Do In NYC

It’s not cheap, especially if you live here, but one of the greatest things about NYC is that while there are countless wonderful ways to splurge, there are also plenty of awesome activities that are 100% free. 

See Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry

Ikea runs a ferry service from lower Manhattan to Red Hook, Brooklyn for free on the weekends – you can easily hop on or off without having to buy any cheap Scandinavian furniture. And in the summers, there is a free ferry from downtown Brooklyn to Governor’s Island. 

Walk along the High Line

Introduced in 2009, the High Line has transformed western Manhattan. Built on a disused portion of the elevated New York Central Railway, it’s been converted into a pedestrian-only park and public art space. 

Explore Central Park

Central Park is an oasis of nature in the heart of a chaotic city, and a beloved escape for locals and tourists alike. Tap the link below to see the short list of things worth doing in the park that is completely free.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most recognizable structures. Although it’s especially romantic to walk across at sunset, I love the beautiful light and serenity to be found on the bridge at sunrise. 

See the collection Metropolitan Museum of Art

You do have to donate something, but for just $1, you get access to one of the greatest museums in the world – which is a pretty epic deal.