Even though New York is undoubtedly an expensive city, it is always possible to discover the city and its monuments without paying a cent! New York is full of free activities and things to see, you just need to know where to look! With these free activities in New York, you can spend at least 4 days exploring the city while keeping a reasonable budget!
Best free activities in New York:
Central Park is a must in NYC. It is, in fact, the most visited park by tourists. This 341-hectare green space offers New Yorkers and tourists the opportunity to enjoy some greenery in the urban landscape. The park is a great place to walk, read a book, or just have a picnic in mild weather. It has many paths to get lost in nature, in the heart of Manhattan, between bridges, gardens, monuments and lakes.
Grand Central Terminal Station
A visit to Grand Central Terminal is a must when visiting New York. One is simply amazed by the beauty of this place that is the largest railway station in the world. On the ceiling of the sumptuous station hall, 38 meters high, you can see 2500 sublime paintings by the artist Paul César Helleu.
In the middle of the hall, you will find the famous 4-sided clock, above the information panels, whose value is estimated between 10 and 20 million dollars. Go underground and discover the Whispering Gallery, a corridor near the Oyster Bar. You can whisper in one corner and the person in the opposite corner will hear you!
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is absolutely fantastic! AND one of the most prestigious and most visited monuments in New York. This 19th-century bridge, nearly 2 kilometers long, spans the East River connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan Island and offers breathtaking views of the New York skyline. It can be crossed by car, bicycle or on foot.
High Line Park
In the 30s it was an overhead railway and gradually turned into a suspended park. The 2,3-mile High Line offers spectacular views of Manhattan and various attractions such as small gardens, sculptures… It is a favorite walk for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Built on abandoned railways in Chelsea (borough of Manhattan), this urban park is accessible to all for free. The park is open from 7am to 00pm every day.