Continuation of New York things to do for FREE! Thanks for CRAFT, reposting your blog, thanks Pinterest
- Sony Wonder Technology Lab. It’s free admission to a 4 story interactive technology wonderland! This is a must do for kids. Call (212) 833-8100 to reserve tickets 7 days to 3 months before you plan to visit. The hours are: Tue- Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5. The address is 550 Madison Ave. at 56th St.
- Roosevelt Island is a tiny island between Manhattan and Queens. The tram from Manhattan to the island is a 4 minute ride and offers spectacular views. It has been praised in the New York Times as “the most exciting view in New York City!” It costs $2.25 each way ($4 for a round trip) and students with tram permits ride free. THIS fun restaurant is right around the corner from the tram [on the Manhattan side]…
- Visit the World Trade Center Site and check out the memorial at the St. Paul’s Chapel FYI: Century 21…a wonderful discount department store is right across the street. HERE is a post I recently did on 9/11.
- Kayak in the Hudson for free at the Downtown Boathouse.They offer free kayaking from middle of May to the middle of October, and on many weekday evenings, weather permitting. Check the Calendar for specific dates. You can launch a free kayak from Pier 40, Pier 96 and 72nd Street. Be prepared to get a little wet!
- Relax in the Strawberry Gardens, a 2.5 acre area of Central Park that pays tribute to the late Beatle, John Lennon, singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist of Central park. Strawberry gardens is on the west side at 72nd st].
- A fun free, night time summer event activity requires a little patience– stand in line, for tickets to Shakespeare in the Park for FREE @ theDelacorte theatre 🙂 This summer there are 2 shows playing –always starts at 8…The Merchant of Venice and The winter’s Tale!
- Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Free admission
- Prospect Park- a 585-acre oasis in the heart of Brooklyn!! with lots of FREE fun for the kiddos including playgrounds, nature trails, carousel ride [$2.00], paddle boats, picnic tables, BBQ pits,
- Bronx Zoo – Pay what you want on Wednesdays! This zoo and can definitively be an ALL day event [take the subway: #2 or #5 train to East Tremont Ave/West Farms Square. At street level, walk straight ahead (follow train uptown) on Boston Road 21⁄2 blocks to the Zoo’s Asia gate entrance (Gate A)]
- Socrates Sculpture garden– Always free admission- Take the subway- Monday through Friday take the N or W train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard. On Saturday and Sunday, take the N train to the Broadway stop
- Grand Central Station. The current look of Grand Central was completed and open to the public in 1913. Grand Central is “constructed of glass and steel, the 100-foot wide by 650-foot long structure rivaled the Eiffel Tower and Crystal Palace for primacy as the most dramatic engineering achievement of the 19th century”. There are lots of shops. My must stop place is Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake
- 5th Avenue. Window shop at all the fancy stores, check out St. Patrick’s Cathedral, see the famous Plaza Hotel, dare to go in the Apple Store glass cube (there is usually a long line), go into the famous FAO Schwarz toy store, admire the fancy uptown apartments as you head north along Central Park.
- The Plaza is right across the street from the Apple Store
- MoMA: Free every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm. Get there early, the line can wrap around the block! This is my favorite museum in NYC. The address is:11 West 53 Street. Call 212-708-9400 for more information.
Whitney Museum of American Art: Pay what you want Fridays from 6 pm to 9 pm! Under 18 is always free
Bring a picnic and enjoy the grass, sunshine, and great people watching
Try to find the NYC Naked Cowboy in Times Square. I’ve also seen him roller skating the streets around Union Park! HERE is a little preview via you tube
The New York City Fire Museum has free admission and is located on 278 Spring Street. The New York City fire Museum occupies a renovated 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse built for Engine Company 30. The original apparatus doors, house watch entrance, stone floor, brass sliding pole and hose tower remind visitors of the building’s former role.Call (212) 691-1303 for more information
Take a FREE tour of The Federal Reserves Bank of NY. Monday through Friday, except Bank holidays, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes. To accommodate for security screening, arrive 20 minutes before your tour
Rent bikes. While this is not free, it is personally one of my favorite things to do in Manhattan. You can usually find a groupon to help with cost. You can rent bikes from lots of places including Bike and Roll, Gotham Bikes, or Hudson Urban Bike Rentals (this is the cheapest I’ve found for $30 a day). Ride the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. A 32- mile long walking and bike path around the island of Manhattan. I suggest the Hudson River Greenway because the entire path is separated from traffic and follows the river. You can rent tandems too
Union Square. Take a free, 90-minute walking tour Saturdays at 2 PM. The tour departs from the Abraham Lincoln Statue located along the 16th Street transverse. Hereare the details. I love attending the farmers market every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 AM – 6 PM. Union square comes alive at night and hosts street performers every night of the week
Self Guided Walking Tours through the neighborhoods. Here is fun map of all of the Manhattan neighborhoods. I suggest the China Town walking tour. This route is 1.6 miles and should include a stop for dumplings. I also love Greenwhich Village where you can see John Wilkes Booth and Mark Twains houses, the “Friends” Apartment building, and the narrowest home in NYC (10 feet wide)! This is a 3.5 mile stroll.
The High Line Park. The High Line was originally built to ensure safer travels for trains and cars in the early 1930’s. Before 1930, 10th avenue was nicknamed Death Avenue because of all of the train and street traffic accidents. The growth of interstate trucking led to a decline in the use of railroads and the high line. The last train runs on the high line in 1980. The park is renovated and fully opened to the public in June of 2011. Read more history here.
Chelsea Market. This market is located below the High Line at 15th Street. This is an always changing venue complete with restaurants, bakeries, markets, artists, and a flea market. Grab the kids lunch and a cupcake, while you browse the cuteness. It is open Monday – Saturday from 7am to 9pm and Sundays from 8am to 7pm
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