New York City is definitely one of the most exciting cities in the world, but dude, is it expensive! In an effort to try and offset the fact that I’m paying an arm and a leg for rent, food, ubers, etc. – I’m always on the lookout for finding fun, free things to do in the city. Here’s a list of my favorite completely free things for you to do on your next trip to NYC! If you’re looking for recommendations on what to do when you come to the city, check out my ultimate NYC travel guide

1.Washington Square Park – one of New York’s most iconic parks, located in the heart of Greenwich Village. It’s a meeting place for students, sunbathing locals, a battleground for chess enthusiasts, a playground for dogs & kiddos, and a stage for street musicians to perform. Home to the majestic Washington Square Arch – named after George Washington.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

2. Brooklyn Bridge – walk the Brooklyn Bridge (early morning is best – less people and a beautiful sunrise view) and spend a few hours exploring Brooklyn. Once you cross over, one of the most epic skyline views of NYC is right by Jane’s Carousel, where the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges meet.

3. MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art is located in Midtown on 53rd Street. MoMA is known for collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. The museum offers free admission every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 pm!


4. 9/11 Memorial Pools– I highly recommend anyone coming to NYC to visit the 9/11 memorial site and pay your respects to those who passed on this horrible day. While there’s a fee for the museum, the outdoor memorial is always free. White roses are placed next to the names of the deceased on their birthdays. The Occulus nearby is definitely a gram worthy spot to!

5. Central Park – A must if you’re visiting NYC! You could get lost in here for hours wandering through the various lawns, fountains, walking paths, trees, waterfalls and picnic spots. I recommend wandering up to the Bethesda Fountain and exploring by the Boathouse.

6. Grand Central Terminal – If there’s one place that captures the nostalgia of old world New York, it’s Grand Central Terminal. A visit to this 102-year-old train station is a must.

7. New York Public Library – a jaw dropper to walk through! Im still diving to go inside! Free tours take place at 11am and 2pm Monday to Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday.

8. Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum – Features rotating exhibits by students and a detailed collection of the country’s first gallery of fashion dating from the 18th century to today.

9. Times Square – you can’t visit New York City without getting a glimpse of Times Square. There’s really nothing like it! And it’s such an iconic spot to take photos 🙂

10. The Highline/Hudson Yards – A 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park created on a former New York Central Railroad on the west side of Manhattan with beautiful views of Manhattan’s west side with places to sit and people watch. I used to live right off this beautiful park and its definitely become one my most favorite serene spots in the city!

11. St. Patrick’s Cathedral – a breathtaking experience once you walk inside. Stop inside to light a candle & say a prayer for someone you love.

12. Bryant Park Ice Skating (winter only) – New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink – open daily 8am-10pm through March 3rd.

If you’re planning a trip to NYC, I definitely recommend checking out a few of these places during your visit and be sure to check out my ultimate nyc travel guide for other fun spots, instagramable locations + my tips! Pass this list along to a friend you’re traveling with or someone planning a visit. Thanks for stopping by!