New York City is one of the most unique travel destinations in the U.S. There is so much to do and see in the city that never sleeps, but the cost can begin to skyrocket. If you’re looking to take a trip to NYC without breaking the bank, plan to attend these free events throughout the city to have a New York experience like no other.

Ride on the Staten Island Ferry

Climb aboard the ferry to take a trip to Staten Island, the home of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy the view of the city from the water on your voyage to Staten Island. 

Walk through Central Park

Get your exercise by walking through NYC’s very own park. There are many Instagram worthy photo ops with statues and other various structures throughout the park, giving you plenty of breaks during your adventure.

Watch Shakespeare in the park

If you’re visiting during the summer, make sure you check out one Public Theatre’s Shakespear productions. Tickets are free, but must be picked up before the event, starting at 12 pm.  

Take yourself on TV and Film Tours

Many TV shows and films were filmed in NYC. Choose your favorite and do your research so you can take yourself on a tour. The Gossip Girl tour is one popular example that will take you all over the Upper East Side. 

Explore Grand Central Station

Even if you aren’t taking the subway system as your mode of transportation around NYC, you can still take time out of your trip to explore Grand Central Station. 

Window shop on 5th Avenue

Even if you aren’t looking to spend money on designer pieces, window shopping on 5th Avenue can be a fun way to spend your afternoon without breaking the bank. 

Watch an outdoor movie at Bryant Park

If you visit NYC in the summer, you can view a free movie sponsored by Netflix in Bryant Park. This tradition has lasted over 20 years, so it’s sure to be a hit.

Pay your respects at the 9/11 memorial

Take time out of your trip to remember those who were killed during the 9/11 attack by stopping by the beautiful memorial to pay your respects.

Tour the Federal Bank of New York’s gold vault.

The Federal Bank of New York offers free guided tours of their gold vault. Although this is a free event, space is limited and tickets must be reserved 30 days prior to your tour.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

There is a pedestrian walkway beginning at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place or through the underpass on Washington street. See the city from a new point of view on your trip across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Whitney E

Whitney is a senior majoring in communication at Mississippi State University. When she's not preparing for law school, you can find her online shopping or planning a trip to Disney World. She loves Ronald Reagan, traveling, and all things preppy.