How to Experience New York City for Free

While you can visit New York City on a budget, take it a step further by experiencing this dynamic city for free. You may be surprised at just how many attractions cost nothing to enjoy, and with a handful of diverse neighborhoods all over town to explore, you won't be left looking for more.

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    Walk to get around. Bring a pair of worn-in tennis shoes and explore the city on foot. It's the mode of transportation most New Yorkers prefer, and you'll avoid paying the charge for taking a taxi, riding the subway or bus, etc.
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    Go shopping. Just because you visit a store doesn't mean you have to purchase something!
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    Visit Times Square. There isn't much else but shopping and dining to do here, but it's something every tourist should see, if not for the neon spectacle of it all.
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    Enjoy the parks, landscaping, and recreation opportunities of Central Park. Jog around the many lakes for an excellent view of the grounds, bring a picnic lunch, play baseball, or relax on a bench and enjoy the backdrop of New York City's skyscrapers.
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    Check out some of New York's famous landmarks. Most have free admission and are open to the public, providing a fantastic look into the city's most iconic features. These include:
    • The Empire State Building
    • New York Public Library
    • Rockefeller Center
    • Grand Central Station
    • Federal Hall
    • Sony Wonder Technology Lab
    • The Ellis Island Immigration Museum
    • The Chrysler Building
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    Partake in a free tour. These are often available across the city with many different themes and attractions covered, from movies shot in the city to famous historical sites.
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    Enjoy the sights and sounds of New York's neighborhoods. You can do things like window shopping, chatting with the locals, or simply walking from street to street in SoHo, Greenwich Village, Herald Square, Columbus Circle, Tribeca, Chelsea, Lower Manhattan, etc.
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    Stroll or bike across the Brooklyn Bridge. Several pedestrian lanes are open to walk on and take in the spectacular view of downtown New York City.
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    Ride the Staten Island Ferry. It offers a scenic view of New York harbor, and best of all, it's free.
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    Attend the taping of a TV show. Many popular television programs such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, etc. are all taped on a regular basis in New York City, and almost none charge for tickets to be part of the audience.

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