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40 free things to do in New York City

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Seeing the bulk of New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of a trip's budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $27. The Met? $25. The Guggenheim and the Whitney go for $22 and $20, respectively. Even the Frick is $20. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by taking on park trails, bike paths or window browsing. (Plus some ticket-admission spots have free times too – see the end of the post.)

Free New York travelers, get busy!

1. African Burial Ground
2. Brooklyn Brewery tours
3. Central Park
4. Chelsea galleries
5. City Hall
6. Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum
7. Federal Hall
8. Federal Reserve Bank of New York
9. Forbes Collection
10. General Ulysses S Grant National Memorial (aka 'Grant's Tomb')
11. Governor's Island
12. Grand Central Partnership Walking Tours
13. Green-Wood Cemetery
14. Hamilton Grange
15. High Line
16. Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library
17. Japan Society
18. National Museum of the American Indian
19. New York Earth Room
20. New York Public Library
21. Old Stone House
22. Public boathouse kayaking
23. Rockefeller Center Public Art
24. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
25. Socrates Sculpture Park
26. Staten Island Ferry
(Free attractions at specific times)
27. American Museum of Natural History
28. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
29. Brooklyn Museum
30. Bronx Zoo
31. El Museo del Barrio
32. Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
33. Museum of Modern Art
34. Museum of the Moving Image
35. Neue Galerie
36. New York Botanical Garden
37. New York Historical Society
38. New York Aquarium
39. Studio Museum in Harlem
40. Wave Hill