27 Free Things to Do in NYC That Aren’t the High Line
Or the Brooklyn Bridge. Or Central Park.
Let’s face it: This city is expensive. An extra pedicure here, a second drink at brunch there, and suddenly you’re too broke to do anything cool.
Here are 27 amazing things in the city that are totally free--and unlike the typical tourist fare, this is stuff you probably haven’t done eight billion times. See you at Wave Hill.
1. Take a mini vacation and unwind on the Queens County Farm Museum’s 47 acres of gorgeous farmland--there’s livestock, an orchard, planting fields and tons of trees (oh hi, changing leaves).
3. Voyage up north to the Bronx Museum of the Arts. It’s right off the 167th Street D and B trains, and best of all, admission is always free.
5. The Roosevelt Island Tramway isn’t technically free, but if you have an unlimited Metrocard or are making a subway transfer, it is. Get a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan on this adorable flying train car.
6. Stop and smell the roses at no cost at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Tuesdays, Saturday mornings and winter weekdays.
7. Too broke for a cruise? Hop on the Staten Island Ferry for close-up views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
8. Sip free wine and peruse way-too-expensive-for-you-to-afford art at a variety of galleries in Chelsea.
9. Explore the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, a hilarious (and uh, extremely weird) tribute to the ice dancers located in the apartment hallway of comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen.
10. Get sweaty at free Zumba, kickboxing, dance fitness, self-defense, cardio and more Shape Up NYC classes all over the city.
11. The majority of shows at Rockwood Music Hall are free, so rock early and rock often.
12. Take a field trip to Riverside Park to see Grant’s Tomb, where President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, are buried.
14. Sample tasty wines for the fabulous price of zero dollars at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit in Flatiron on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
15. Speaking of booze, you can’t call yourself a real New Yorker until you’ve taken a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery.
16. Explore the Living Pyramid and other cool exhibits at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens.
17. Venture to Bowling Green for a Native American history lesson at the National Museum of the American Indian.
19. Take a sample improv class at the Magnet Theater and see if you have what it takes to be the next Amy Poehler. (Spoiler alert: You probably don’t, but whatevs.)
20. Spend Saturday morning wandering through the gorgeous 28-acre estate Wave Hill.
21. Find peace of mind at a free public mediation sitting at the Shambhala Center on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
22. Wanna score even more free stuff? Take a seminar on “Freeganism,” the art of dumpster diving and foraging for free food in the city. (Hey, at least it’ll make for a great story.)
23. Spend a rainy day browsing rare books at the Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library.
24. Get your culture fix at the Juilliard School, which frequently offers free concerts starring their seriously talented students and faculty.
25. Check out the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, with gorgeous period furniture and some of Teddy?s personal items.