Visiting New York, but only have so much dough to spend? Go to the best free attractions and NYC landmarks. This includes some of the best parks and museums in New York.
You’ll still have plenty of money left over to treat yourself at one of the city’s best restaurants. Even the most seasoned Gothamite should revisit these essential New York attractions.
Museum and Arts in New York
1. American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is one of the largest museums in the world.
2. Bronx Museum of the Arts
Founded in 1971 which also features more than 800 artworks. This multicultural art museum shines a spotlight on 20th and 21st-century artists.
3. Museum of Modern Art
MoMa is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. Its extraordinary exhibitions and collection of modern and contemporary art.
4. Guggenheim Museum
The art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.
5. Museum of the Moving Image
On Fridays, New Yorkers can take advantage of a free pass to this temple of all things cinematic. Which boasts everything from 19th-century cameras to 21st-century digital-art.
6. Target Free Thursdays at Lincoln Center
On Tuesdays, weekly performances featuring acclaimed artists from across the globe of all genres and styles.
7. Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian Gallery, a contemporary art gallery owned and directed by Larry Gagosian.
8. David Zwirner
The David Zwirner Gallery, an American contemporary art gallery owned by David Zwirner. It has two gallery spaces in New York City and London.
9. Pace Gallery
The Pace is a leading contemporary art gallery representing more than 70 artists and estates.
10. Miguel Abreu Gallery
Miguel Abreu Gallery is a contemporary art gallery based in New York.
11. Canada Gallery
Canada Gallery is a sophisticated Lower East Side stalwart known for its original, contemporary art exhibits.
12. Smithsonian – National Museum of the American Indian
Native American art & artifacts, some going back 12,000 years, displayed in a former customs house.
Parks and Recreation in New York
13. Central Park
the ever famous, Central Park is located in Manhattan, New York City. It comprises 843 acres between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side.
14. Battery Park
This 25-acre green space is like Manhattan’s neatly plotted with monuments, memorials, gardens, sculptures, and a farm-to-table café. Plus, killer waterfront views from the promenade
15. Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park has become so popular in the almost three years since it debuted. The project has transformed a chunk of the Brooklyn waterfront into a nearly 85-acre expanse.
Several sections house unique attractions such as Jane’s Carousel, a restored 1920s merry-go-round, and riverside esplanades with gorgeous Manhattan views.
16. Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City.
17. Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, often referred to as Flushing Meadows is a public park in New York City.
18. Prospect Park
The 526-acre public park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. And the second largest public park in Brooklyn.
19. Riverside Park
The scenic waterfront public park on the Upper West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City.
20. High Line
The High Line, a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail. Created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City.
21. Marcus Garvey Park
Located in Harlem and East Harlem neighborhoods in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
22. Inwood Hill Park
Inwood Hill Park, a city-owned and maintained park in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
23. Fort Greene Park
A city-owned and city-operated park in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City.
24. Bryant Park
Bryant Park, a 9.603-acre privately managed public park located in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
Located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan.
25. Pelham Bay Park
The municipal park located in the northeast corner of the New York City borough of the Bronx. It is, at 2,772 acres, the largest public park in New York City.
The park is more than three times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park.
26. Columbus Park
Columbus Park is a public park in Chinatown, Manhattan, in New York City.
Markets & Boutiques in New York
27. 5th Avenue
Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. This is also known as the fashion district of NYC.
It stretches from West 143rd Street in Harlem to Washington Square North at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.
28. Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market is a food hall, shopping mall, office building, and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan, in New York City.
29. Artists & Fleas
Varied vendors sell hip, handmade crafts, jewelry, antiques & vintage clothing in Chelsea Market.
30. 57th Street Greenmarket
Market selling local produce, plants & artisanal food every Saturday from April through December.
31. Grand Central Market
Emporium hosting food vendors & florists, plus game nights, movies & other events, since 1917.
32. Brookfield Place
Towering waterfront office complex offering shopping, dining & ice-skating, plus special events.
33. Hershey’s Chocolate World
Brand-name candy store stocking a huge selection of chocolate, sweets, collectibles & gifts.
34. Westfield World Trade Center
Westfield World Trade Center, a shopping center at the World Trade Center complex in Manhattan, which is operated and managed by Westfield Corporation.
35. Saks Fifth Avenue
Posh department store chain carrying designer apparel, shoes & accessories, plus home goods & more.
36. MoMA Design Store
Museum of Modern Art’s gift shop selling cutting-edge kitchenware, prints, books, jewelry & more.
37. Disney Store
Disney retail chain featuring official character toys, clothes, collectibles & more.
38. The Shops at Columbus Circle
The Shops at Columbus Circle is an urban shopping mall in the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, New York City.
A Complex of skyscrapers which are located at Columbus Circle, next to the southwestern corner of Central Park.
39. M&M’S World
25,000 square feet of M&Ms in a variety of flavors & colors, plus toys & related merchandise.
Landmarks in New York
40. New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States, and fourth largest in the world.
41. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City.
It has a roof height of 1,250 feet, and with its antenna included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet tall.
42. Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco-style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan.
43. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States.
44. Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, officially the Cathedral Church of Saint John: The Great Divine in the City and Diocese of New York, is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
45. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Patrick is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church in the United States and a prominent landmark of New York City.
46. Federal Hall
Federal Hall, built in 1700 as New York’s City Hall, later served as the first capitol building of the United States of America.
47. Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 high-rise commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets in New York City.
48. Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is a commuter, rapid transit, and intercity railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States.
49. Times Square
Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City.
50. Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Hamilton Grange National Memorial is a National Park Service site in St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan, New York City. Serves as the relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Amusement Parks in New York
51. Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is a family-owned amusement park located in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.
Featuring 5 adult rides and 16 kiddie rides, including rides that parents and children can ride together.
52. Victorian Gardens
Victorian Gardens is a seasonal traditional-style amusement park, which is located in the Wollman Rink in Central Park in Manhattan, New York City.
Adventureland is an amusement park in East Farmingdale, New York, located on Route 110.