Who says a visit to NYC is expensive? Not I. Here’s how you can spend an entire day in NYC for FREE, minus transportation fees.
Morning/Afternoon: Governors Island
Free ferries to Governors Island leave from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street and from Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Most of the events on the island are absolutely FREE. Upcoming events include:
- Encounters: An Exhibition Organized by the Sculptors Guild
- Nature Rules! An Outdoor Sculpture Show by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
- Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program
- Kayaking at Pier 101
Late Afternoon: Free NYC Museums
If you’re trying to kill time between the afternoon and dinner time, check out some of the incredible & FREE museums in NYC.
- The Center for Book Arts
- Harbor Defense Museum
- The Hispanic Society of America
- The Korea Society Gallery
- Little Red Lighthouse
- The Museum at FIT
- Nicholas Roerich Museum
- Onassis Cultural Center
- Queens County Farm Museum
- Rose Museum at Carnegie Hall
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum
- Swiss Institute
Evening: Free Yoga at Bryant Park
New York is the city that never sleeps. Rejuvenate yourself after a day of exploration with free yoga classes by Lululemon every Thursday at 6PM on the Lawn at Bryant Park. These classes are for yogis of all ages and levels. It’s a judgment-free zone. All you have to do is put on some comfortable clothing and get ready to reinvigorate your mind, body & soul.
Night: Free Dining
I said FREE dining, not FINE dining. There are no reservations to be made or sit down chairs to plop down on here but you can sample free food from all over NYC at the markets below. You’ll fill your belly and get a good cardio workout at the same time!
- Dean & DeLuca – a gourmet market located at 560 Broadway at Prince St and at 1150 Madison Ave at 85th St
- Despaña – a gourmet market with food especially produced in Spain located at 408 Broome St between Cleveland Pl and Lafayette St
- Trader Joe’s – a cheaper version of Whole Foods located at 142 E 14th St between Third and Fourth Aves
- Whole Foods Market – a marketing that sells natural and organic products with stores throughout the city. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com for locations.
- Zabar’s – a market that pretty much personifies the essence of New York. Like their logo says, “New York is Zabar’s…Zabar’s is New York.” Located at 2245 Broadway at 80th
Evening Stroll: Highline
After eating your way around NYC, take a stroll and watch the sunset New York City’s Highline. It’s located on the west side of Manhattan and runs through the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. You’ll be very tempted to spend money at the Chelsea Market Passage from their Raspberry Buttercream on Chocolate Cake to one of their delicious evening cocktails.
Late Night: Free Drinks!
What’s a night in New York without drinks?! Check out some of the bars below that offer free sample tastings. You’ll have a place to go for free drinks every night of the week.
- Village Pourhouse (Everyday) – Take a cab to Village Pourhouse and you’ll receive a bar tab in the amount of your receipt. Located at 982 Amsterdam Ave between 108th and 109th St.
- Pour Wines (Monday–Saturday) – Kick back a few drinks during after work hours at Pour Wines. They offer free samples of international and domestic varietals and sakes on Mondays to Fridays from 6–8pm and on Saturdays 5–7pm. Located at 321 Amsterdam Ave at 75th St.
- Lazy Catfish (Tuesday) – Unlimited PBR is available from 8:30pm to 10pm at this Williamsburg bar. Located at 593 Lorimer St between Conselyea St and Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Crush – Free wine, tequila and vodka tastings are available on various days during the week. Call or visit them online for details. Located at 153 E 57th St between Lexington and Third Aves
- Thirst Wine Merchants – Thirst Wine Merchants’ has weekly Thirst Thursday tastings from 6PM-9PM. It’s a small shop so make sure you get there early. Located at 187 DeKalb Ave at Carlton Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn