Visiting New York City doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, there are tons of things to do and see that won’t even cost you a dime! We know the value of your hard earned money and we want to help you have the best time possible without dipping into your savings. Here are some great ways to experience the city for free!
Hamilton Grange was home to one of the nation’s founding fathers and you can see it for free. The Hamilton Grange is the former estate of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s right hand man. Located in Harlem, the house is now a museum open to the public.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a bank? The Federal Reserve Bank of New York offers guided tours in the bank’s museum where visitors can even see inside the gold vault. Leave your camera at the hotel as you will not be permitted to take photos or videos in any part of the building.
St. Paul’s Chapel, which was constructed in 1764, contains George Washington’s pew; the very same pew where he prayed on his first inauguration day.
One of the oldest and most beloved buildings in the city is the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Schwarzman Building. The main building resides at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and houses one of the largest literature collections in the country. Visitors can go on free walking tours for an overview of the Library’s collections or simply peruse the books at their leisure!
Outdoor movie screenings are among New Yorker’s favorite pastimes in the summer and the best part is they are usually free! HBO’s Bryant Park Film Festival is arguably the most popular and it is just a short walk from us. Every Monday throughout summer Hollywood hits are shown on the lawn of Bryant Park for interested spectators.
There are also tons of free outdoor concerts and theater productions during the summer months. A few popular events your won’t want to miss include Central Park Summer Stage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and Lincoln Center Festival.
Discovered in 1991, during construction of a federal office building, there is a 6.6 acre burial ground. The African Burial Ground contains the remains of thousands of free and enslaved Africans from the 1690s to 1794. The site is now a National Monument and the first to be dedicated to Africans of early New York.
The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum features rotating exhibits by students and a detailed collection of 50,000 garments highlighting the countries fashions from the 18th century to present day. Visitors can tour and view the exhibits for free!
The General Ulysses S Grant National Memorial is the largest mausoleum in the country. It holds the remains of Civil War hero and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S Grant along with his wife the former first Lady Julia Grant. Located in Riverside Park, this is a great piece of history to witness first hand!
Green-Wood Cemetery was one of the country’s first rural cemeteries dating back to 1838. This National Landmark was once in the running with Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist attraction, partially due to the fact there are numerous famous figures that were buried on the grounds. The property is also a Revolutionary War Historic Site. The battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 on the grounds.
The Staten Island Ferry is a great way to see the city from the water and the famed Statue of Liberty for free. The ferry runs regularly between Manhattan and Staten Island 7 days a week.
The iconic Grand Central Terminal offers free walking tours where you will get an overview of the history of the New York landmark and be taken to the ‘secret’ whispering gallery.
There are also numerous ways to cool off for free in the city. The city boasts numerous public pools and beaches and you can even go kayaking for free at the Downtown Boathouse.
Summer in New York is the perfect time to visit weather wise, but also because there are so many great things to see and do that won’t cost you!