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All the best things to do in NYC for free- New York on a budget!

Published July 4th, 2017

They say the best things in life are free, but New York isn’t usually the city you think about when ‘they’ say such things. So we’ve decided to put together a list of the best OG not-even-slightly-boring, things to do in NYC FOR FREE that you would defs even pay for if you had to!

With all those savings, you can even have ya trip to NYC, smashed avo, and house in Vaucluse too (okay maybe not the last part) ;)

A Brooklyn Brewery tour

Head straight to the Brooklyn beer mecca where you can take a tour of their delightful facilities for free every half hour on the weekend. Sadly this doesn’t include free beer but you can get a pint for just 5 bucks after your tour which ain’t so bad in this part of town.


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Visit Strawberry Fields

In Central Park where you can pay your respects and visit the landmark Strawberry Fields dedicated to the former Beatle John Lennon. The central 'Imagine' mosaic is located near the Dakota, where John Lennon was killed in 1980.


Imagine #strawberryfields #johnlennonmemorial #centralpark #selfeet

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See the Statue of Liberty

That’s right, skip the AUD$16 Statue of Liberty ferry and jump onboard the free Staten Island Ferry. Not only do you get a better view of Lady Liberty but the round trip is just long enough that you see everything you want to but not enough to get bored. Spoiler alert: she’s not as big as most tourists think she is.


Like something from a movie...#nyc #stattenislandferry #govisland

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Yes, it’s free! Most tourists don’t realise that the entry fee is actually a ‘suggested donation’ of $25 but you don’t actually have to pay that. If you really feel as though you need to pay something then get rid of all those annoying grimy pennies.


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See the city’s best art galleries

To see where the rich trustafarians go for their contemporary art. Take yourself on a gallery crawl in Chelsea sticking between 10th and llth ave around the 20s streets. If you happen to do this the evening of an exhibit or gallery opening you can count on there being free champagne even too, Thursday and Friday early evenings are best for this.


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Walk along the High Line

This elevated public urban green-space is a wonderful living museum and yes it’s 100% free. The reclaimed, elevated industrial rail forms a track through an area that borders the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan.

American Museum of Natural History

Yep, you can even get in for free here if you pay your own ‘suggested price’ of $0 like at The Met. If you don’t have the chutzpah to do so, entry in the last hour each day is free.


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Museum of Modern Art

Rock up between 4-8pm on a Friday and the museum is all yours for free baby!


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Read a book at the New York Public Library

Even if you don’t have the time to settle in with a nice old paperback, walk through this glorious institution which also holds a copy of a Gutenberg Bible and the original Declaration of Independence. If the nerdier things in life aren’t your fancy, you’ll be sure to appreciate the Beaux-Arts gem fronted by some fierce looking marble lions. Tours are free Monday - Saturday at 11am and 2pm.

See how morning television taped live

Lines start to form around 6am in the Rockefeller Center where you can see NBC’s Today Show being filmed and maybe land on tv yourself! #HiMum


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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.