Best Free Activities in NYC

Traveling to New York City as a tourist, you may find that your expenses on food, drinks, sightseeing and cultural attractions are rather high! 27$ on entering the Empire State building’s Observation Deck, 25$ at the MOMA, a simple coffee and bagel will take another 5.5$, and the list goes on and on. At the end of the day you might realize that you’ve spent much more than you planned on for must-see locations, food and essentials. But, there are also great, fun, enjoyable activities waiting for you in NYC, which are completely free. So, put your wallets back in your pocket, and discover all the top attractions that won’t cost you a dime. Ready? Let’s go!

Statue Of Liberty

Staten Island Ferry

Enjoy one of the most famous boat rides in the world. The ferry runs every day between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. The 25 minutes sail provides perfect view of the lower Manhattan’s skyline, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

High Line.  New York City. Elevated Pedestrian Park

 New York Walking Tours

Explore NYC on foot and see up close all the hidden gems and must see tourist attractions of the city. ‘Big Apple Greeter’ is an all-volunteer organization that sets out to make the big apple a friendly and welcoming place for all visitors. The tour program changes, and includes real knowledge and insight by the local dedicated guides.

Music, Drama, and Dance Shows at Julliard

Meet tomorrow’s stars at Juilliard School’s free student shows. You can reserve free tickets at the Juilliard box office for theater performances; or take a chance and stand at a line for a standby an hour before the show. Either way, you’ll receive a sprinkle of star-dust at minimum charge.

Address: 144 W. 65th St. 1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center.

Arthur’s Tavern – Live Jazz Shows

Home to jazz legends such as Charlie Parker and Roy Hargrove, Arthur’s Tavern is a landmark in the history of jazz music. Catch the real spirit of jazz in their daily shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and if you want to get a real glimpse of history, try Monday nights, and listen to the same Dixieland jazz band that has been playing there for over 35 years. So if any of you are jazz fans, you’re in for a real treat.

57 Grove Street New York, NY 10014
Tel.: 212-675-6879

The Best Comedy – for Free!

The city is filled with free comedy nights, but ‘Upright Citizens Brigade’ is renowned, and not without a reason. There you can see shows by professional comedian, including talented SNL member Amy Poehler, combined with upcoming comedians between the main shows. The ‘Upright Citizens Brigade’ features the best comedy nights in the city, 7 days a week. Many of the shows are free, but some cost a modest 5$ entry fee, so make sure to check the schedule.

307 W 26th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues, Chelsea

A Gallery Tour in Chelsea

New York’s best area for a gallery stroll is definitely Chelsea, where you can find the greatest density of galleries, mainly between 10th and 11th Avenues. Gallery Guide for all the info. Entry is always free, and if you catch the Thursdays evening opening you can enjoy free wine and cheese along with the art.

Visit the MoMA

Last but not least, if you still have the craving for art, and the MoMa exhibits seem too enticing to give up, we have the answer for that as well: save yourself those 25 bucks and visit the MoMa on Friday at 16:00-20:00 free of charge. Marvel at the finest modern and contemporary art on the displays and know that you have seen the best atr New York has to offer.

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States
(212) 708-9400

See also free eats in NYC!

Rent a car

Choose your pickup location


Enter your dates and times

Return Date/Time

Select vehicle