New York City is renowned for its high energy atmosphere and countless attractions, and some of the best things to do in NYC are free. Whether you’re planning your trip on a budget or giving your wallet a break after indulging in a delicious meal or Broadway show, there are plenty of inexpensive things to do in NYC near the Park Terrace Hotel. Experience the big apple  without breaking the bank with some of the best free things to do in NYC. 

Things to do in NYC for Free

With plenty of fun free things to do in NYC both indoors and outdoors, you’re guaranteed to have a great time no matter the weather. Explore inside or take in the sights outside – either way, these free (and fun!) activities ensure an unforgettable New York experience. 

Free Indoor Activities in NYC

Grand Central Terminal

See one of the city’s architectural gems, Grand Central Terminal, just blocks from Park Terrace. Stroll through this iconic transportation hub’s main concourse and look up – can you find the spot in the Northwest corner that was left untouched during the 1998 restoration of the ceiling? 

New York Public Library

A short walk from Park Terrace Hotel, the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue is a haven for book lovers, history buffs, and architecture nerds. Explore the grand building and immerse yourself in the impressive collection of novels, manuscripts, and more. 

Before you visit, check the library’s calendar of events to see if there are any free events happening during your stay – the library often offers free programs and events. 

The Museum at FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology is near Park Terrace, on Seventh Avenue. Admission is always free to the rotating exhibits that showcase timely and innovative fashion and textile art. The Museum at FIT invites you to explore the intersections of fashion, art, and history! 

American Folk Art Museum

Admission to the American Folk Art Museum is always free. This is New York City’s only museum dedicated to folk and self-taught artists, celebrating the diversity of the city since 1961. See over 7,000 works of art spanning four centuries. 

National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian

The National Museum of the American Indian is home to one of the most expansive collections of Native artifacts, from photographs and media coverage to actual objects and archives. Admission is free to this museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Free Outdoor Activities in NYC

Bryant Park

Bryant Park hosts concerts and events throughout the year, with annual concert series Picnic Performances dominating the summer season. Home to over 17,000 square feet of carefully planted landscape, Bryant Park is a beautiful and lively space to spend time when you’re looking for a free outdoor activity in NYC. 

The High Line

Experience the unique urban park that turned a former railway into a green haven in the city. The High Line offers unforgettable views of the city, lush gardens, and public art installations. Free tours are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, but you can tour the park on your own whenever it’s open. 

Central Park

Central Park is a must-see for New York City visitors. Take a leisurely walk along the winding paths, find filming spots from your favorite movies and TV shows, or have a picnic by the lake! Central Park is a quiet escape from the noise of the city, with gorgeous views of Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. 

Central Park - One of the Best Free Things to do in NYC

The Brooklyn Bridge

Take a memorable stroll across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Marvel at the skyline along the East River, see the Statue of Liberty in the distance, and watch out for bikers! There are dedicated bike paths and pedestrian paths so that you can cross the bridge at your own pace. 

Little Island

Little Island is a new public park that serves as an oasis on the Hudson River. Explore nature and art on this unique island that stands atop concrete piles in the Hudson River, providing an incredible landscape that houses an amphitheater, plenty of green space, and more. 


New York City offers a wealth of free activities that allow you to experience the city’s vibrant history, culture, and beauty without spending a dime. Whether you explore indoors or venture out, there are free, fun marvels to be found – all nearby our New York City hotel. 


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