New York for FREE
We think free is nice!
New York offers a lot of things for FREE for its visitors. It can be a free movie, a free tour, a
free concert...yes, nearly what ever. Some things are free all year around
and some are specific for the season.
Here we have gather the things we have found that is free for you. We gladly
accept tips about what you have found and will
then add it to this page.
Free things in New York are gladly accepted to this e-mail:
|The High Line
The High Line is an elevated park in New York. It is created on the old elevated rail road tracks on Manhattan's west side. It runs from Gansevoort Street (Meatpacking District) to West 34th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The park is open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. On Tuesdays and Saturdays (May to September), you can join a free guided tour on the High Line.
Address: All tours start at the 14th Street Passage. Take the elevator or stairs at the corner of 10th Avenue and 14th Street to come up on the High Line.
Season 2014: May to September. Tuesdays 6:30 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM.
More information about a free tour on the High Line »
|The Flatiron District
Every Sunday you can go for a Free guided tour in the Flatiron District.
Together with a professional guide you will learn the history of among others; the MetLife tower and the Flatiron Building.
More information about hours and meeting points:
More information about Flatiron Walking Tours »
|The National Museum of the American Indian
Visit a FREE museum in New York. During winter it´s always nice to visit a warm place.... maybe a museum could be a good idea. Visit this museum and walk around in the impressive buildning and read and see all the fantastic things from the natives.
Address: One Bowling Green adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.
Open from 10 a.m - 5 p.m daily, Thursdays til 8 p.m
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|The New York Public Library - 1895
Why not make a visit to an extremely fantastic building, the Public Library. Here you can get a FREE guided tour through the building and also guiding of the exhibitions.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Tours
Guide/Buildning: Monday to Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
Guide/Exhibition: Monday to Saturday 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
42nd Street & 5th Ave. See website for meeting point.
More information about opening hours:
Mer information om New York Public Library »
|Free tour in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The New York Federal Reserve Bank is located in the building at 33 Liberty Street (near Wall Street). There are 12 Federal Reserve banks in the United States. New York's Federal Reserve Bank is the largest in the United States seen to assets. Here is kept various assets such as gold for foreign central banks and governments, and even the US government.
Much of the gold came here after World War II, when many countries wanted a safe place for their gold. Today the vault is said to contain the world's biggest gold storage. In 2012 there were stored 530 000 gold bullions in the vault. The vault is located approximately 24 meters below street level and about 15 meters below sea level. It is said to rest on the bedrock beneath Manhattan Island. This much gold is of course quite heavy. Obviously the vault is equipped with a lot of safety.
Tour the Federal Reserve Bank: To join a guided tour of the gold vault you need to register. Registration opens 30 days before the coming month (eg. On January 1 the registration opens for booking for the month of February). You also need to print out the ticket and take with you.
Address: Liberty Street 33 (entrance at 44 Maiden Lane, see map).
More information and registration - free tour in the Federal Reserve Bank »
|FREE guided tour in Central Park
Year round you can join a guided tour in Central Park. The tour is approx. 1 - 1,5 hours and is led by experienced guides. You can just show up at the meeting points.
If your are more than 6 people you have to book a so called custom-tour (not for free).
More information about dates and meeting points:
More info about the free tour in Central Park »
|Free kayaking on Hudson River
The Downtown Boathouse offers free kayaking in the Hudson River. You can both take a free test ride of 20 minutes to feel how the kayak operate in the water and test the technology in canoeing. Then there is a longer trip of 3 hours where you paddle in group. The 3-hour tour departs on Saturdays and Sundays at 8 AM. Please note that you must have experience of kayak paddling in order to participate in the tour and be over 18 and able to swim.
Addresses: Pier 26 (Tribeca). Pier 96 (Hell´s Kitchen). 72nd Street (Riverside Park. Upper West Side)
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|FREE walking tour in the
Free Tours by Foot offer you a 2 hour FREE guided tour of the area around Wall Street. This is the most historical area of Manhattan and the tour includes: the City Hall, Trinity Church, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and other architectural and cultural sites. Don´t miss this.
Information about meeting points, days and times:
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|FREE ferry - the Staten Island Ferry
Since 1997 you go on the Staten Island Ferry for FREE. Take the time to go for a ferry ride in the New York harbour and over to Staten Island. You will get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis island and of course the famous New York skyline. Don´t forget the camera. The ferry departs from the Whitehall Terminal (1 Whitehall Street at South Street) on Manhattan and takes approx. 25-30 minutes.
Schedule and information:
More information about the Staten Island Ferry »
|Let a "real" New Yorker guide you for FREE!
Big Apple Greeter offer visitors a personal guide to show you New York. It´s a non-profit organization that have volunteers living in New York who offer their assistance in showing you around. This is very interesting to visitors so it´s best to make a request at least 4-5 weeks before your visit. All is FREE.
Read more about Big Apple Greeters here »
Go for free with The Downtown Connection Bus. This is a bus service that
will take you between the rivers
from South Street Seaport to Battery Park City downtown New York. A really
good service. You can jump on and
off as you like at the marked bus stops along the way.
Map, timetables, bus stops and more:
More information about the Downtown Connection Bus »
|FREE guide in the areas around Grand Central
Grand Central Partnership offers free guiding around Grand Central Station.
Walk with the historian and
storyteller Justin Ferete on a 90-minutes Grand Tour and learn more about
Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building and much more. No tour is similar to each other. You can
only show up, no pree-booking
Information about meeting points, days and times:
More information about the Grand Tour »
|FREE guide - Union Square
Take a FREE tour
around Union Square.
The tour is called, Union Square: Crossroads of New York. You will get historic information about the area and how it have become one
of Manhattan´s favourite
areas. 90 minutes.
Information about the meeting points, days and times:
More information about Union Square guiding »
|A visit to the Brooklyn Brewery!
We thank Camilla Key for the tip about the free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery. You will get information about the history of the brewery and you can of course also buy a beer. It´s open for free tours on Saturdays and Sundays.
Brewers Row (79 north 11th street), Brooklyn
More information about opening hours and tours:
More information about Brooklyn Brewery »
|FREE museum - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Here you will find interesting information about technology and communication. Even if you are 8 years old or 80 there is much to see and do. Find out about 150 years of history about the camera, telephone, radio and computer. Learn about sound and picture. The museum is very popular so it can be a good idea to order some tickets in advance - and you know what - its free.
56th Street and Madison Avenue (Sony Plaza Public Arcade)
More information about opening hours and exhibits - Sony Wonder Technology Lab »
|Order home a FREE visitor guide of New York
At NYC & Company you can order a visitor guide for free to get in your
postbox. Choose between different guides containing
information about sight
worth seeing, hotels, transports, museums, restaurants, shopping, nightlife
and sports etc. It will also
include a calender over what is going on and maps and also discount coupons.
Good to order before you leave.
While the guide is free they will charge for freight.
You can order it directly via NYC & Company´s homepage:
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