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10 Free Things To Do While Visiting New York City In 2022

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New York City is a gorgeous city with practically limitless things to do and see. With so much to explore, costs can add up pretty quickly. If you’re looking for some budget-friendly things to do in the city, this is the list for you – here are 10 free things to do in New York City in 2022. 

10 Free Things To Do In New York City In 2022

1. Explore Central Park

While some of the attractions within Central Park do charge a fee, exploring the park itself is totally free! This iconic city park consists of over 800-acres that are perfect for activities such as picnicking, jogging, and taking memorable photos. While you’re exploring the park, check out Gapstow Bridge – you might recognize it from movies such as Home Alone 2. Bethesda Fountain as well as The Lake are also a few other notable spots. You can look forward to watching rowboats at the latter. If you want to try a boat out yourself, they are available for rent and are surprisingly cheap at $15/hr. 

2. Stroll The High Line

This city park has a unique draw – it’s a 1.45-mile long greenway that winds above sections of the city. The High Line is bordered by lush foliage and offers great views of the surrounding city. It’s also home to several public art installations along its route. Sections of the High Line can close due to inclement weather, so be sure to double-check what’s open close to your excursion. 

3. Visit Times Square

Visiting Times Square is an iconic thing to do in New York, and also entirely free to explore the area itself! While you will have to spend money to shop at the surrounding stores, you can also just take in the sights, or take some Instagram-worthy photos. 

times square new york

4. Ride The Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is actually entirely free to ride, and not only offers a fun way to get from Manhatten to Staten Island but also great views of the statue of liberty. If you’re looking to make a roundtrip, however, you will have to disembark on one end and wait to board again. The ferry runs 7 days a week, and advance tickets are not required to board it. 

5. Experience Queens County Farm Museum

If you’re willing to head a little outside of the city, Queens County Farm Museum is well worth the trip. This working museum and farm are located about 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan. You’ll be able to see up-close how this historic farm works, and you can also get some hands-on experience via feeding some of the animals, going on a hay bale ride, or checking out one of several classes on topics such as animal keeping. 

Experience Queen's County Farm Museum

6. Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

If it's your first time in the city, or you haven’t been to see it yet, check out the iconic Brooklyn bridge. This is an excellent spot for photos as well as get a bit of exercise – the pedestrian walking both along the bridge spans a little over a mile.  

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

7. View The Polonsky Exhibit

The Polonsky Exhibit is the first-ever permanent exhibit from the New York Public Library and highlights various items from the library’s research collections. Some such items include handwritten letters, manuscripts, and historical documents – if you’re a history or literary lover, this is the exhibit for you. Admission to the exhibit is free, though timed-entry reservations are required. 

View The Polonsky Exhibit

8. Visit Morgan Library and Museum

Formerly known as the Pierpont Morgan Library, Morgan Library and Museum consists of several buildings. This is a great option for those looking to learn more about history, or who enjoy museums in general. Even the casual visitor will be amazed by the gorgeous architecture and murals that adorn the main building. The library also hosts special events and shows, such as their upcoming 

9. Tour Brooklyn Brewery

Here's a fun option for a free tour in the city! Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours of the brewery, highlighting the process as well as history. The brewery does also offer beer tastings, though these do cost a small free.

10. Visit The Bronx Zoo On A Free Admission Day

While the Bronx Zoo does usually charge an entry fee, they also offer free admission every Wednesday. If you are going to be in the city midweek, this is a great way to see the iconic zoo without spending a dime on entry. Reservations ahead of time are required and open each Monday at 5 p.m. for the following Wednesday. 

Visit The Bronx Zoo On A Free Admission Day

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Barb Hedges-Goettl

Monday 27th of June 2022