Free Things to do in New York

New York 4 Free: 

Free big apple tour!

Who says NYC has to be expensive? The Big Apple Greeter programme pairs tourists with locals to show them around town. Your volunteer guide will give you an insider’s view of the city, perhaps taking you to their favourite burger joint or a cool new neighbourhood. There’s no charge, and your guide won’t ask for a tip either.

Free ferry!
The Staten Island Ferry treats 20 million passengers per year to glittering views of Manhattan’s skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty. That’s 50 iconic minutes of NYC for nowt.

Free Jazz and blues!
Arthur’s Tavern, a delightfully dog-eared spot in New York City’s West Village, has been hosting nightly New Orleans jazz and Chicago blues since 1937, and the same Dixieland jazz band since 1975. The cost to you: diddly squat.

Free cabaret!
For an evening of black-frocked, feathery singing with no cover charge, head to The Duplex in Greenwich Village – you just need to reserve your seat in advance and order at least two drinks

Free sangria!
On Sundays, the throbbing Upper West Side Latino restaurant Calle Ocho quenches customers’ thirst by offering an unlimited sangria bar with any meal. Call in advance for your reservation. And don’t make any plans for first thing Monday morning.

Free haircut!
You saw the Empire State on your first trip and the Statue of Liberty on the second. On your next visit to NYC take home a souvenir with a difference: a haircut. Sign up at and you’ll be a class dummy for the proficient students at the Bumble & Bumble University.

Free theatre!
Most small off-Broadway theatres use ushers who volunteer in return for free seats. But there’s one theatre on Broadway doing it too. Go to the box office to book your pew at the American Airlines Theatre (


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  2. Great Suggestions! Here's a good list of FREE Museums in New York City: