Our Top 5 Free Things To Do in New York City

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Whether your tour starts or finishes in the New York Area, there’s plenty for you to do in this incredible place. If you’re trying to pinch those pennies and enjoy everything on offer in one of the world’s most famous cities, we’ve got a fantastic list of the best things for you to get up to, and they’re all free!

1. Staten Island Ferry

For thousands of New Yorkers, the completely free Staten Island Ferry is their way of getting from the suburbs to the skyscrapers. It takes an amazing route through the city’s famous harbour, from the southern tip of Manhattan, past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and into New York’s quietest Borough. The view back is spectacular, and there’s plenty of sleepy sand beaches on the island’s coast for you to chill out.

View from the High Line in New York City

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2. The High Line

Once rocked by railway lines, this 1-and-a-half-mile elevated walk through Manhattan’s west side gives a unique view of the city. Whether you’re looking up at the towering skyscrapers or peering down on New Yorkers filling the streets below, you’re bound to enjoy a stroll in this unique setting.

Inside Grand Central Station

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3. Grand Central Terminal

Is there a station in the world more famous than this one? You don’t have to get the train to visit Grand Central Terminal, but make sure you walk up from Park Avenue to get that famous view of the Roman God Mercury atop the massive clock, towering over three long windows that stretch from ceiling to floor. When you’re inside, you have to look up at the incredible map of the constellations and the characters they get their names from. Make sure you stay out the way of the busy commuters that come from far and wide to pass through the station every day!

Times Square at night

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4. Times Square

The most visited tourist attraction in the world, and probably one of the brightest! You can see Times Square from blocks away because of the intensely lit up adverts that plaster every part of every building! Head for the Red Steps on the square’s north side for the best selfie opportunity, and don’t forget to mark your visit by catching a photo of the ball and year at the top of the appropriately named One Times Square.

Central Park

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5. Central Park

Sat in the middle of Manhattan’s concrete jungle is a peaceful piece of sprawling greenery. Central Park runs from 59th to 110th Street and feels nothing like the busy avenues that surround it. Purpose built to give New Yorkers somewhere away from the sprawl, the park does just that with its endless fields and flourishing forests. Walk through the Pond and Hallett Nature Sanctuary, grab a selfie at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir or just lie on the grass and let the world go by.

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