Top 10 Things to do in New York City

By Dan Taylor | Jan 10, 2018

In the famous words of Alicia Keys, New York is the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of". There is truly nothing that you can't do in this city. However, if you are on a budget, you can start to feel limited in all that you can do in this popular global city. However, there are plenty of free things to do around the city of dream, and here are 10 of some of the best things to see and do in New York City that do not cost a dime.

10. MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is one that people travel thousands of miles, just to see and experience. There are plenty of exhibits to see and experience, especially since they are constantly being changed and refreshed. However, the MoMA has a $25 UNLESS you go on Friday evenings. Every Friday, from 4 pm to 8 pm, the museum offers free admission, where you are welcome to explore and bask in the art. If you live in the area, you can also visit the sculpture garden from 9:30 am to 10 am.

9. Bryant Park
If you in NYC during the summer months, you are in for a treat and a full NYC experience indeed. If you are a yogi, Bryant Park is the place to be every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening. You will find free yoga classes being offered by qualified and renowned local instructors. Classes are held on the lawn or upper terrace and are popular for New York yogis who are looking to enjoy the warm weather and take a break from the indoor studios

8. Federal Bank of New York
This is one of the lesser known attractions in NYC, but a worthwhile experience, especially for those who love to learn a bit about finance and gold. Located in the Financial District, the Federal Bank's gold vault is available for tour. All you have to do is sign up for a free tour on the website. Inside the vault is over 6,000 tons of gold and history. You will receive a guided tour of the history of the building, gold and more. Great tour for the curious mind.

7. Staten Island Ferry
During the summer months, there is nothing better than taking a ride on the river. Visitors can ride the Staten Island Ferry and explore new destinations for free! You can also ride the East River Ferry for $4, which is an affordable travel option for those on a budget.

6. Public Beaches
Yet another way to enjoy the New York summers. There are a few public beaches that New Yorkers can visit for free. You can visit Coney Island, Brighton Beach, The Rockaways and Fort Tilden - you have a range of options. Around the beaches are a plethora of restaurants, stores, and there are often plenty of free festivals and live performances to enjoy as well.

5. The Tonight Show
For fans of the show, you can catch a live taping with Jimmy Fallon at the NBC studios, which are located in Rockefeller Center. This is an activity that will need advance planning, as free tickets are released a month in advance. This is a bucket list item for people across the country, who travel from all over to be a part of the live audience

4. New York Distilling Company
If you love gin and whiskey, this is definitely something you need to check out in NYC. The New York Distilling Company is one of Brooklyn's finest distilleries. From 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the distillery offers free tasting tours where visitors can learn about all things gin, whiskey, and distilling, as well as taste some of the most popular creations, as well as their newer and more experimental spirits.

3. High Line
For a romantic night out, you should check out New York's elevated park. For those who live in NYC, this feels like a break from the city. An evening visit is most romantic as you can go stargazing on the Highline. On Tuesday evening, the American Astronomers Association sets up telescopes in the park that you can use to see the stars.

2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
An escape from the city is sometimes needed, especially for those who are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of city life. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautiful and serene get away from the busy city, without actually leaving the city. If you want to visit, there is free entry on Tuesdays. You can spend hours exploring the gardens, as well as the zoo, lake, and Lefferts Historic House. This is a great place if you are looking for a day to yourself, or if you want to get the kids out of the house.

1. Times Square
When many non-New-Yorkers think of NYC, they think of Times Square. Whilst this is definitely not representative of NYC as a whole, it is a great place to visit if you are looking to do something touristy in the city. You can spend the day exploring the bright lights, window shopping, enjoying the diverse foods, and people watching. In this relatively small place, you will meet a plethora of people from different places, marveling at the grandeur that is Times Square. Whilst visiting is free, you may be tempted by the supersize stores and exquisite store displays - don't say you weren't warned.

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