{Travel} NYC's Best Things Are Free

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's true, New York is an expensive place. Hotels are expensive. Taxis are expensive. Food is expensive. Where does it end? But one of the best things about New York is that there is so much to do that is ... FREE! Morgan and I filled our days with free things, topped off with one paid activity per day. It was a great way to save a bit of money.

The very best free thing to do? Walk. Every where you walk, remember to look up. The architecture and buildings are just breathtaking. Join along on this photographic walk through FREE New York City!

National September 11th Museum and Memorial

Of course it is free to walk by the newly opened 1 World Trade Center. The sheer size is incredible. The memorial is open to the public and beautifully peaceful. I will always return here on future visits to New York. The museum has an entry fee, however, you may be able to get free admission (as Morgan and I did) on Tuesday's after 5 PM. Visit their website for more information. 

Financial District

The exact spot where George Washington took his first Oath of Office as President.

Trinity Church, home to numerous famous grave-sites, including Alexander Hamilton's (in the foreground).
Central Park

Entry to the park is free. We paid for a tour and both agree that it was well worth it. I'll share more pictures tomorrow!

"I Know That Building..."

Empire State Building

Grand Central Terminal

The Chrysler Building

Grand Central Terminal & The Chrysler Building

The Flatiron Building

St. Patrick's Cathedral

The Church is undergoing major renovation, but it is still open to the public and well worth a stop. It is right across the street from Rockefeller Center and down the street from Grand Central Terminal.

President Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace

The tour is free and it's right down the street from the Flatiron Building!

Amazing Architecture

See? There are plenty of things to do that won't cost you a single copper penny! Also, many museums don't actually have a fee to enter, it is just a suggested donation. Don't feel bad to just pay $5 or if it's later in the day, to just walk in (thanks, mom for the tip!). Of course there are dozens of other things to do (walk the Brooklyn Bridge, visit the HiLine Garden, walk through Little Italy and Chinatown...)! 

You can visit NYC without breaking the bank! If you have been to New York, what is your favorite free thing to do?

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