10 free things to do in New York

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New York (United States) can be really expensive, but here a show you 10 things you can do completely free and that I can assure you will make you trip even more special, as it did mine.

1. Walk through Central Park

If you have never been to New York but at least watched a movie or tv show about it, you know there is this huge park in the middle of the city which is Central Park. When I went there   for a “walk” I didn’t realized it was that big, I probably just walked 1/4 of the whole park, plus it was freezing, I can imagine how beautiful is during the spring. This is a must for everyone, I mean is not just a simple park, it has amazing views and gardens.

I would advice you to get a bike and ride all over the park, in that way you won’t get tired and will get to see all of it in less time.

Central Park in winter

Central Park in Winter

Central Park from 5th Ave and Central Park S

Central Park from 5th Ave and Central Park S

2. Visit the American Museum of Natural History & The Metropolitan Museum

New York is full of museums, most of them aren’t free but some accept donations as low as one dollar (it depends on your wallet). These two fall in this category and I can say they are extraordinary. In my opinion the MET is spectacular (coming from me that I haven been to too many museums is something), if you are into arts and culture you will love them and could spend a full day going through every single room.

My favourite at the American Museum of Natural History

My favourite at the American Museum of Natural History

Me and two friends in the steps of the MET

Me and two friends in the steps of the MET

One of my favourites at the MET

One of my favourites at the MET

One of my favourites at the MET

One of my favourites at the MET

3. Walk through 5th Ave, Madison Ave & Park Ave and the streets between

This area wasn’t in my itinerary and that’s what I love about my way of travelling, if it’s not in my schedule I make space and put it in. I would have regretted some much if I didn’t take the time to go through these streets. I found places like Argosy bookstore (if you are a nerd with books like me, especially old, used, rare ones you will love this place), a six floor library that even has an ONE DOLLAR section; FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the us; and the Apple Store, which is underneath the street.

The entrance of Argosy

The entrance of Argosy

The first floor of FAO Schwarz

The first floor of FAO Schwarz

Outside the Apple Store

Outside the Apple Store

4. Feel the Lights in Times Square

I think this point doesn’t need much explanation, is a must see in New York and the best part is that is free!

You can walk and seat in the red stairs to take a look at all the lights and advertising around you.

Times Square at night

Times Square at night

5. Wonder around Greenwich Village

In this area you will find so many things, like records shops, thrift shops, proper stores, Chelsea Market (which is beautiful and has many little stores and restaurants to see), the Highline (which is an aerial park in the Meatpackimg District), and so much more if you dare yourself to wonder around.

A record shop in Greenwich Village

A record shop in Greenwich Village

6. Walk through Wall Street

If you are walking from the ferry station the first thing you will walk into will be the charging bull, people say if you touch his ‘part’ it will bring you luck so I did. After that you will have Wall Street and the Stock Exhange in front of you.

With the charging bull of Wall St.

With the charging bull of Wall St.

New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange

7. Jumping in a ferry like a local (Staten Island Ferry)

One of the most iconic things in New York, if not the most (maybe with the Empire State), is the Statue of Liberty.

If you look at tours to see it up close it can be a bit pricey, but lucky you, there is a free way to see it, not that close but from a good distance to see it: the ferry that connects Manhattan and Staten Island (the journey is around 50 minutes round trip).

The Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry

The Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry

8. Getting lost in Chinatown

If there is a way to scape the city without going somewhere else this is the place, even some of the signs are in Chinese, you could actually get lost here. I found this area completely amusing, how a culture subexist next to another is amazing and the food is also great and cheap! Tip: This is a good place to buy cheap souvenirs.

At the Chinatown entrance

At the Chinatown Entrance

9. Crossing Brooklyn Bridge & wait for the sunset at Dumbo

It doesn’t matter if you cross it by foot or by bike the whole way is just stunning.

Tip: if you want great pictures with Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge behind you there is a great spot at pier 15.

Once you get to the other side you can walk down to Dumbo park to see the amazing Manhattan skyline.

Tip: On your way to Dumbo you will see Grimaldi’s, this is the best coal pizza in NY, I tried it and can’t deny it.

Half way through Brooklyn Bridge

Half way through Brooklyn Bridge

Sunset and the Manhattan Skyline

Sunset and the Manhattan skyline

Sunset from Dumbo

Sunset from Dumbo

10. Take a moment to appreciate life at the 9/11 memorial

You will have to see it and be there to feel what I felt, the monument is completely free but I strongly recommend going into the museum, is totally worth it.

Now you know how you can save some extra bucks in New York!

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