Free things to do in New York

Traveling on a budget? Looking for free things to do in New York? We have some tips to help you save a little cash and still have an amazing time.

First of all: Plan the NYC attractions you’d like to see in advance! Booking tickets online can save you both time and money. If you wish to see several attractions, get one of the city passes online which will save you hundreds of dollars and will push you to do more on your New York visit. If your are traveling with kids, check the New York pass, other passes can work better for couples without kids.

Top Free things to do in New York

A guided tour can help you include all the must see NY attractions at one price, but you can also register for a free tour – obviously one of the best free things to do in New York! Download our PDF guide, and get all the links for free tours in New York. The knowledgeable guides that lead the tours will help you experience the city in a unique way.

You can enjoy all of the city parks free of charge. Check our special video for Central Park for more tips. Look also for hidden gems such as the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens which are free on Tuesdays.

Wondering what to do in NYC during the rest of your vacation? Many museums in New York, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, are donation based – meaning it’s up to you how much you’ll pay for entrance, just pay what you want. Forbes Magazine Galleries and other major museums are usually included in the city passes.

Check the rest of our videos for more tips, and don’t forget to register for our special video guide!

New York CityPass

Get the New York CityPASS, the best deal in the Big Apple. Your New York CityPASS saves you time and money as you skip long ticket queues for entry to six of New York's premier attractions.

New York Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Grab your friends or that special someone and get ready for 3-hours of real New York fun! This New York dinner cruise includes a delicious buffet, an amazing DJ and breathtaking views of the New York skyline. Don't wait - add this dinner cruise to your New York itinerary today!

USD 119.59$

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

On this luxury New York City dinner cruise, savor gourmet cuisine and enjoy live jazz entertainment while soaking up breathtaking views of the Manhattan, New Jersey and Brooklyn skylines. Pass in front of the Empire State Building, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport and more from the viewing decks or the all-glass enclosed cabin, treating you to amazing views every second of the way. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine!

USD 172.79$

Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

Experience New York City like an insider on this action-packed VIP tour that includes early access to the Empire State Building, skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, an open-top bus tour, and a hop-on-hop-off cruise. You can upgrade to also include afternoon admission to the 9/11 Museum. Seem like a lot to do in one day? Opt to take your cruise the following day. It's a great way to see NYC’s newest sites and its most iconic attractions, and a Viator exclusive package that can't be booked anywhere else!

Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

See New York's famous landmarks from the air on an exhilarating 15-minute helicopter tour. You'll come face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty as you fly above the Hudson River. Admire the iconic Empire State Building, the silver Art Deco brilliance of the Chrysler Building, and the sprawling green expanse of Central Park. A must for any visitor to New York City!

USD 149.99$