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Top Free Attractions In New York City


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Touring New York City and visiting its attractions can be a costly affair, especially if you visit the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, or attend special events and dine in fancy restaurants. However, this does not indicate that you have to empty your pockets to experience the New York life and its attractions. The city offers a fair share of landmark attractions and activities that are absolutely free and may actually present a more local insight of the city than paid attractions. Mentioned below is a list of free things to do in the city that never sleeps.

Belvedere Castle

The heart of Central Park holds one of New York’s most treasured attractions – the Belvedere Castle. Built in 1869, this Victorian castle has many exhibit rooms and an observation deck. Admission to the castle is free of charge. You can visit the site’s Henry Luce Nature Observatory, which offers diverse displays of plants and animals. If you step up the castle tower, you can get spectacular views of Central Park.

Brooklyn Bridge

Many tourists click postcard-worth pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge. But, you can also take a walk on the bridge as car whizz past you. Brooklyn Bridge has a pedestrian walkway right in the middle of its six lanes. The lane keeps you safe from the traffic and it is absolutely free to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on foot. It will take you approximately 30 minutes to cross the bridge and you can get to see stunning views of downtown Manhattan.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

During the great immigration, Ellis Island was the point of debarkation for immigrants upon their arrival in America. Today, Ellis Island holds a museum that pays tribute to the determination and courage of early immigrants who came to America for seek better opportunities. There is no admission charge for the museum. However, you need to purchase a ferry ticket to reach the island.

Grand Central Terminal

Built in 1913, the Grand Central Terminal is a major hub the city’s public transportation. It serves more than 575,000 commuters every day. You can stroll in the station for free and check out the shopping spots and places to eat. The grand building also exhibits beautiful artwork and sculpture. You may also chance upon special exhibitions or seasonal vendors.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry ride is one of the most fun and free things to do in New York City. It is a 25-minute boat ride that sails between Manhattan and St. George on Staten Island. You can also get a close view of the Statue of Liberty. Once you disembark on Staten Island, then you can spend hours on the island to discover the interesting sights and attractions. When you have your fill, you can board the ferry to return to Manhattan.

Rockefeller Center
Built during the Great Depression, Rockefeller Center continues to be an important establishment in New York City. You can view the interesting Art Deco architecture erected throughout the area. It also has a popular skating rink that operates from fall to spring.

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