Free Friday NYC Edition: Free Things To Do In NYC

This week’s Free Friday is a special NYC Edition giving you my top picks for free things to do in NYC. For even more ideas, I also wrote a Fun NYC Tourist Attractions For Cheap (Some Free) article.

Free Things To Do In NYC

From Free NYC Museums, boat rides, and whiskey tours; this list has you covered for fun free things to do in NYC today and any other day!

Free Things In NYC Today

If you would like a list of Free Things to Do In NYC Today or This Weekend, I highly recommend Time Out’s special section devoted just to this. Click their image below to check out Time Out’s epic free stuff in NYC section

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See The Statue of Liberty From A Boat

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The Staten Island Ferry is free 7 days a week. Take this fun trip to see the Statue of Liberty up close.

Free Brooklyn Brewery Tours

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Free tours of Brooklyn Brewery run on the hour 1-5pm on Saturdays and 1-4pm Sundays.
Address: 79 N 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

ID is required for all guests over 21 to purchase beer.

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

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Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is definitely one of my favorite Free things to do in NYC. You get to see many breath taking views at one time, contemplate the complexities of bridge engineering, and there are Wafles and Dinges waiting for you on the Manhattan side. O.K., only do the former occasionally when you can split it with a friend or afford the extra calories, which according to Fitness Pal is 242 calories and 14 grams of fat.

Van Brunt Stillhouse

While you’re in Brooklyn, stop by my favorite neighborhood, Red Hook. You’ll feel like you stepped back into the 1800’s when ship building was all the rage.

Van Brunt Stillhouse makes Whiskey, Rum, Grappa, and Moonshine at its artisanal distillery in Red Hook, Brooklyn

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Central Park

Southwest corner of Central Park, looking east, NYC

It speaks for itself really. Central Park has so many wonderful free things to see, the list goes on. Just go take a walk and see what you find!

By Donation NYC Museums

Here is a comprehensive list of NYC by donation museums. Simply walk up to the counter and state you wish to pay by donation. The teller will ask how much, and it is your absolute right to name your price.

Donations do help keep these beautiful institutions up and running, so certainly donate what you can afford.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

American Museum of Natural History
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Brooklyn Museum
The Cloisters
El Museo del Barrio
Museum of Biblical Art
Museum of the City of New York
Queens Museum
Staten Island Museum
Studio Museum Harlem

Free NYC Museums

The below museums are all always free, found on

American Folk Art Museum
Federal Hall National Memorial
The Federal Reserve Bank Museum
Forbes Galleries
The Harbor Defense Museum
The Hispanic Society of America
Irish Hunger Memorial
Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
National Museum of the American Indian
The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
New York Transit Museum Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
Queens County Farm Museum
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Socrates Sculpture Park
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace