Free Things To Do In Nyc
It's amazing how many free things there are to do in New York City. You can certainly keep busy on your stay at the Big Apple by just taking part in the free activities there. There is a wide variety of activities to choose from and they appeal to all ages, so the whole family can enjoy their experience in New York City.
- Big Apple Greeters You can get a personal tour accompanied by a local resident who wants to share the special places in their respective neighborhoods. You can specify what your special interests are. Big Apple Greeters: 1 Centre St. New York, NY 10007.
- Bryant Park There are many free summer concerts at this park, which is one of New York's best outdoor locations for culture. On Monday evenings between 8 and 9 p.m. there are free outdoor screenings of movies, mostly older classics. Bryant Park: 40 West 40th St. New York, NY 10018.
- Sony Wonder Technology Lab This free hands-on experience is amazing for children. There is a speaking robot, an Audio Lab and an Image Lab. Children can take part in producing an entertainment show and try the latest programs at PlayStation game stations. Sony Wonder Technology Lab: Sony Plaza, 550 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10022.
- Coney Island This amusement park area of New York City includes approximately 50 attractions and rides, as well as the famous hot dogs, but you can stroll the three miles of the boardwalk. The ocean and beaches are also free to hang out. There are fireworks every Friday night from the last weekend in June until the Friday before Labor Day at 9:30 p.m. Coney Island: Surf Ave. at Atlantic Shore (West 12th St.) Brooklyn, NY 11224.
- Central Park There are many outdoor activities in this vast green area. For instance, at the Harlem Meer Pond you can fish, rock climb or sunbathe. Watch for free plays and concerts during the summer months. Central Park: 830 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10065.
- Rockefeller Center Pick up a free map in the main lobby and also enjoy the ice skating in winter or the gardens in the summer. This majestic skyscraper is an Art Deco masterpiece in itself. Rockefeller Center: West 49th St. & 5th Ave. New York, NY 10020
- South Street Seaport Museum This is free on the third Friday of each month. Tour the large great luxurious French ocean liner, SS Normandie. The Museum has a collection of over 1,000 ocean liner models and the world's largest amount of ocean liner memorabilia. The scale models include the Titanic and the Queen Mary. South Street Seaport Museum: 12 Fulton St. New York, NY 10038.
- National Museum of the American Indian Open daily with free admission, at this branch of the Smithsonian you will find one of the world's most extensive collections of artifacts and arts of the Native Americans. This includes over 825,000 items covering more than 12,000 years and over 1,200 cultures from throughout the Americas in its Objects Collections, approximately 324,000 images in its Photographic Archive, over 12,000 items in its Media Archive and records dating back to the 1860s in its Paper Archive. See exhibits of cave paintings and tapestries. National Museum of the American Indian: One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004.
- Castle Clinton National Monument This National Register of Historic Places site in Battery Park was originally a fort on one acre and you can learn the history from costumed park rangers. The building was begun in 1808 and later uses were as an opera house, a theater, a beer garden and an immigrant landing depot before Ellis Island was opened. Castle Clinton National Monument: 1 Battery Park, New York, NY 10004.
- Children's Museum of the Arts Free admission is on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. The children are able to use props, costumes and musical instruments to create their own theatrical performance. They can also paint or create their own sculpture. The Ball Pond is very popular with its three-foot high gym balls. For quiet children, there is a Book Nook with a selection of illustrated children's stories. Children's Museum of the Arts: 182 Lafayette St. New York, NY 10013.