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Free Things to do in Manhattan, NY?

What are the best free or inexpensive things to do in Manhattan NY? I am going with my family early August. Love being active outdoors, music, food, museums and anything fun.

7 Answers

answered first by
Johnny from Las Vegas

Central Park!  It has something for everyone... and is, of course, outdoors.  See the website here.

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answered by

Hi Julio,

Check out the museums, many like The Metropolitan Museum of Art have a "suggested" entrance fee...  meaning you can pay whatever you want! Enjoy!

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  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
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answered by
Adam from New Jersey

Go to the The Metropolitan Museum of Art - the donation is suggested which means that you give what you like.  No need to feel ashamed about giving only a dollar or two as they have an endowment as large as . . .  The Met abuts Central Park so perhaps you could check out a concert at Central Park - SummerStage depending on the schedule.  I suggest going to Summerstage from the west, though, because it fills up from the East.  

Along those lines, you may want to go uptown and check out the Met's medieval museum, The Cloisters Museum and Gardens Cafeteria.  It is also in the middle of a park.  Pack a lunch and it makes a great picnic with views overlooking the Hudson River at the Palisades.  There is also great Dominican food up there if you choose to spend some money.  (Wait - I didn't see that you are Dominican so you don't have to eat the food!)

Enjoy your trip!

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  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
  2. Central Park - SummerStage (attraction)
  3. The Cloisters Museum and Gardens Cafeteria (restaurant)
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answered by
Sally from Los Angeles

New York has a reputation for being expensive, but there are tons of great free/inexpensive things to do and see.

High Line Park - made from an old Subway line, it has lots of art pieces, little food stands, and tons of benches. It's a fairly short walk across but it's particularly fun for people watching.

Staten Island Ferry - this is the secret way to see the Statue of Liberty for free! It goes right by the island and you can take lots of pictures this way. 

FAO Schwarz - HUGE toy store that's fun for kids and adults alike! My sister and I are both in our twenties and spent a solid few hours traipsing through the shop. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a suggested donation rather than an actual admission price, so this can cost whatever you want. The museum is huge so this is definitely a half day's (or full day's) worth of time.

Times Square obviously this is the most popular place to come to mind. Tons and tons of people watching to be done and lots of cool advertisements! 

Brooklyn Heights great place to see the whole Manhattan skyline from across the bridge

Brooklyn Bridge free to walk (I believe you can also bike) between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It's quite scenic and not at all strenuous. 

Chelsea Market - Chelsea market has a ton of food, artisan shops, etc and although it's a little on the smaller side, it's definitely a fun place to walk through and explore (and grab a bite to eat too!)

Central Park is HUGE and they host a ton of activities in the summer. I imagine there is some sort of calendar of events if you're interested in spending the day here. 

For cheap eats, I recommend -

The Halal Guys, West 53rd Street, New York, NY, United States - mouthwateringly delicious street cart serving mediterranean wraps.

Gray's Papaya - "recession" hot dogs - they've kept prices stable for almost a century! There are quite a few of them throughout the city. 

Dollar slices can be found anywhere and everywhere! 

Shake Shack is a delicious and iconic new york burger chain. The location near Times Square is very crowded, so I recommend visiting one of the other ones (there are a few throughout the city)

Katz's Delicatessen not expensive nor cheap, but the best pastrami sandwiches EVER. They also have family style options which are very filling. Warning: the ordering system can be confusing, so I recommend asking for help with that. 

Other iconic NY foods that I enjoyed: John's PizzeriaLombardi's PizzaGrimaldi'sRice To RichesWafels & Dinges and Pommes Frites.

Have a great trip!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. High Line Park (attraction)
  2. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  3. FAO Schwarz (attraction)
  4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
  5. Times Square (attraction)
  6. Brooklyn Heights (attraction)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  8. Chelsea Market (attraction)
  9. Central Park (attraction)
  10. Gray's Papaya (restaurant)
  11. Shake Shack (attraction)
  12. Katz's Delicatessen (restaurant)
  13. John's Pizzeria (restaurant)
  14. Lombardi's Pizza (restaurant)
  15. Grimaldi's (restaurant)
  16. Rice To Riches (restaurant)
  17. Wafels & Dinges (restaurant)
  18. Pommes Frites (restaurant)

answered by
kayla from New York City

Visit the The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although there's a suggest price for tickets, you can opt for pay as you wish. 

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answered by
Tanya from Ottawa

St. George Terminal, Central Park, street festivals - walked right into one on Lexington two years ago. We also went to the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and will be going again this year. Bryant Park movie nights on Mondays, and the High Line which we're doing this year. Lots if you do your research.

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  2. Central Park (attraction)
  3. Bryant Park (attraction)
  4. High Line (attraction)

answered by
Sofya from Brooklyn

The High Line Park is free and super pretty. A visit to Times Square is obvious but a can't miss and also free (I suggest you go when it becomes dark for maximum effect). During the summer there are many free concerts and movies in parks, google is your best bet for that. Visiting Chinatown New York is free and exciting, and you can eat authentic Chinese food for a very low price. If you're willing to venture out of Manhattan, your kids will love Coney Island which is free admission and low cost rides, plus you can make a beach day of it.

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  1. High Line Park (attraction)
  2. Times Square (attraction)
  3. Chinatown New York (neighborhood)
  4. Manhattan (attraction)
  5. Coney Island (attraction)

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