New York’s Guide to the Places Worthy of Visit for Free

You don’t have to burst your budget just to play tourist in the Big Apple — here’s your guide to places worthy of visit again (and yet again) for free.


Get a glimpse of artworks at Museum of Modern Art

Art aficionados will definitely have a feast at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with its display of some of the world’s most famous art pieces. The museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art is one of the largest, with displays ranging from Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, to Monet’s Water Lilies. Visit MoMA during Fridays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm for free admission and appreciate art over and over again.

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Take a peek in the world of fashion at The Museum at FIT

Unleash your inner “fashionista” with a visit to the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). With its collection of more than 50, 000 clothing garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present, it is dubbed NYC’s most fashionable museum. Get inspired by displays from fashion industry’s important figures such as Paul Poiret, Rick Owens, Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, and Manolo Blahnik.

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Explore large-scale art pieces at Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is the perfect place to enjoy and appreciate large-scale sculptures and multimedia installations for free. Once an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite, the park now showcases the works of independent artists. Exhibits change constantly, so do visit the park once in awhile to check out the new exhibits. Socrates Sculpture Park is also a great area to rest and relax, thanks to its beautiful open space that offers great views of the city.

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See Lady Liberty at Staten Island Ferry

Save your $12 for a touristy ferry ride and climb aboard the Staten Island Ferry for the best way to admire New York. This 25-minute trip offers you sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island and New Jersey. On your way back to Manhattan, you’ll be treated with the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, so get ready for some serious photo-op!

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Read more about the past, present and future at New York Public Library

History buffs and bookworms will rejoice with a visit to the main branch of New York Public Library. Also known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, it houses some important documents such as the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, the Gutenberg Bible, and other hidden treasures. If you’re not into books, perhaps a visit to the library’s famous Rose Main Reading Room will make you change your mind. And oh, don’t miss a photo-op with Patience and Fortitude, the two marble lions guarding the main entrance.

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Escape the city’s hustle and bustle at the High Line

Set on an abandoned West Side elevated railway track, the High Line is the perfect place to unwind and escape the busy city life. Relax with the park’s attractions that include natural and native American plants, flower landscapes, art installations, water fountains, and splendid views of New York City. Lounge at one of the wooden lounge chairs if you want to sunbathe or learn more about High Line’s history with its free guided walking tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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