Top 40 Free Attractions In New York City

New York City is not only an expensive place to live, it can also be a pricey city to visit. NYC’s most famous attractions have entrance fees, but why not explore the Big Apple without spending a cent? Lonely Planet has compiled an excellent list of the top forty free attractions in New York City; here are five of the best:

  • Staten Island Ferry

    To see the Statue of Liberty in all her glory, ferry tours start at twelve dollars per person. But hop on the complimentary Staten Island Ferry and you can see the iconic monument for free! Staten Island Ferry – for commuters, cutting across the New York Harbor – has long held the distinction as the single greatest free attraction on the Eastern Seaboard.

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum

    It’s always Fashion Week in the FIT Museum, which features rotating exhibits by students and a surprisingly interesting and detailed collection of the country’s first gallery of fashion, picked from a collection of 50,000 garments dating from the 18th century to present.

  • Bronx Zoo

    Located in the Bronx borough of New York City, within Bronx Park, it is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States. The Bronx Zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Pay what you wish on Wednesdays.

  • Central Park

    It doesn’t take brilliant travel minds to tell you that a park is free to visit – most parks are. But most parks aren’t Central Park, Manhattan’s famed claim to thinking ahead (even if it was designed in the 1860s to boost real-estate value uptown).  It’s filled with free events, statues, people-watching and sites like Strawberry Fields, an ‘Imagine’ mosaic near the historic Dakota apartment building (where Yoko Ono still lives), where John Lennon was killed in 1980.

  • Brooklyn Brewery tours

    Among America’s top 40 brewery’s, the Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery offers free Saturday tours, running half an hour from 1-4pm. 79 N 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

    For the complete list of all 40 free NYC attractions, visit

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