For one of the most expensive cities in the world, both to live in and to visit, New York has a surprisingly high amount of free things to do – not unlike London. If you are on a budget but still want to tick off the big-ticket items off of your New York bucket list, look no further!
Fashion Institute of Technology Museum: holds one of the largest and most impressive collection of clothing, with items dating back to the 5th century.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab: for all things technology, geek and modern science.
Museum of Modern Art (free on Fridays 4PM-8PM): perhaps the most important museum of the city, with works by Monet, Dali, Warhol and Munch.
Guggenheim Museum (pay-what-you-wish on Saturdays between 5:45PM and 7:15PM): Definitely worth a go, as the building is just as popular as what’s inside – namely Manet, Picasso and Chagal, for example.
Governor’s Island: Birthplace of the State of New York and home to Castle Williams. Easily reachable by ferry.
High Line: A 1.6 km long linear, urban park on an elevated railroad in the heart of the Meatpacking District.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (free on weekdays between December and February; also Tuesdays and Saturday mornings the rest of the year): 52 acres of green goodness with a strong love for flora.
Bronx Zoo (free on Wednesdays): more than 5000 species and Wild Asia monorail.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: for the best views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, and the best ice cream on the planet.
Central Park: obviously!
Staten Island Ferry: Hop on the free ferry from Whitehall Terminal in Battery Park and admire the view of Lower Manhattan.
Brooklyn Brewery Tours (free tours on Saturdays): Visit the iconic brewery and taste some authentic ales and lagers.
Grand Central Terminal: the largest train station in the world, and the most fascinating.
Shakespeare in the Park: a tradition since 1954. Get to Delacorte Theater early or visit the online version to get tickets for the same night event.
St Patrick’s Cathedral: one of the oldest cathedrals in the city.
Public Library: the second largest library in the US, with more than 53 millions of books.
Rockefeller Center: pick up a free map in the main lobby for a self-guided tour through the Art Deco skyscraper.
Coney Island: easily reachable by subway for a day trip to the oceanside.