10 Free Things to Do in New York City

by / Saturday, 13 September 2008 / Published in New York City

Here are 10 free things to do in New York City!

Free Cathedrals & Churches


Photo outside of Cathedral of St. John the Divine © victoriapeckham

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world, is free.  The St. Patrick’s Cathedral is also free. St. Bart’s has one of the 10 largest pipe organs in the world.


Photo of St. Patrick’s Cathedral © J.M. Luijt

Times Square


Photo of Times Square © zoonabar

Walking around Times Square is free.

Free Museums


Photo of Art of the Psychedelic Era, Whitney Museum © scalleja

Almost 20 museums in NYC are free every day, and a large number of museums are “suggested contrubition.”  See this free museums page for a list of almost 50 museums in New York City that are free.

Bronx Zoo


Photo of Flamingos at the Bronx Zoo © Kai Brinker

The Bronx Zoo is by “pay-what-you-wish donation” on Wednesdays.  Normally it’s $15 (as of September, 2008 — see their website for current rates).

Free Tours


Photo of Central Park © david_shankbone

There are many free tours offered in New York City, including downtown, Central Park, and more.

Visit Historic Buildings

There are many cool historic buildings in New York City.

Free TV Show Tickets


Photo of Colbert Report studios © toddross

Get free tickets for many TV shows that are filmed in New York City.

Staten Island Ferry


Photo of the Staten Island Ferry © Eamonn

The Staten Island Ferry provides a free 25 minute ferry ride with excellent views of the City: “One guide book calls it ‘One of the world’s greatest (and shortest) water voyages.’

Free Events, Culture & Entertainment

Find free concerts, plays, shows, poetry readings, films, dancing, jazz, tours, and more on ClubFreeTime.com.

Free Concerts


Photo of Opera in the Park, NYC © Joe Shlabotnik

Find free concerts in New York City including Metropolitan Opera in the Park, Mostly Mozart, JVC JazzFest, and much more.

Free Beer

Yes, there is such a thing as free beer, if you are over 21 years of age.

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