The Best Free Things You Can Do in New York City

Did you know that you can actually explore New York City for free? If you are in New York City or perhaps, you are planning to visit soon, here are the top free things that you can do.

Visit the American Folk Art Museum

First of all, American Folk Art Museum is devoted to the appreciation and expressions of traditional folk art and creative expressions of both contemporary national and international self-taught artists. In fact, they have a wide range of collections of objects from the 18th century to the present.

It was established in 1961. The museum’s collection includes over seven thousand artworks dating from the eighteenth century to the present; from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of media.

When to visit: The museum is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 7:00; pm; Friday from 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Bronx Museum of the Arts


Founded in 1971, the Bronx Museum of the Arts is free admission to all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The museum beautifully promotes cross-cultural dialogue. This makes art accessible for diverse urban audiences.

In addition to that, they have thousands of pieces of contemporary and 20th-century art span all mediums. The Bronx Museum showcases the Bronx Biennial exhibitions. At the exhibition you can see New York City artists, storytelling, film screenings and guided neighbourhood walks

Explore Japan Society

To view traditional and contemporary Japanese art, textiles and designs, this is the place for you. Founded in 1907, by he New York businesspeople, the exhibition is breathtaking with indoor gardens and water features. In addition to that, there is theater that hosts theatrical performances, dance and films. If you want to get a better insight into the culture then you can browse through 14,000 volumes in the research library or attend one of its myriad lectures or workshops.

Moreover so, this nonprofit society has played a large role in strengthening American­–Japanese relations. Its expansion into a full arts and cultural center was thanks in no small part to philanthropist John D Rockefeller III, an ardent fan of the country.

Get To The Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry transports between Manhattan and Staten Island. As a matter of fact Staten Island Ferry provides 22 million people a year.

The Staten Island Ferry is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5-mile, 25-minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free!

Furthermore, you will see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return. It is a brilliant way to plan a calm day out while enjoying and learning the iconic landmarks and views of New York City.

Governor’s Island

Here, you ned to note that it is free to visit Governor’s Island on Saturdays and Sundays before noon. However, after that time period or on weekdays it costs USD 3 access to the 172-acre island. Usually the island is open May through September.

The fort-studded island is seven minutes by ferry from Manhattan, and threaded with cycling and walking trails. Each summer, ferries travel the short distance from Manhattan and Brooklyn across to the 172-acre oasis. It is easily walkable but cycling is a very pleasant way to get around.

In addition to that, Governors Island has  50 abandoned buildings, including a theater, a hospital, a chapel and two former military forts. While you can’t go inside these buildings for now, you can wander around their landmarked exteriors to get a sense of the island’s history. You can also sail down Slide Hill’s 57-foot eponymous attraction.

Furthermore, it is a perfect picnic spot – bring your own food to Governors Island. Set up a camp at one of the picnic tables or shaded lawns. For diners who prefer even more DIY (Do It Yourself) projects, reserve one of the island’s grilling stations in advance.

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