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Free Things To Do in New York City

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in New York City. Popular attractions include Central Park and Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck. If you have extra time, St. Patrick's Cathedral is worthwhile.

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Central Park Free attraction
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Ranks #1 in New York City attractions

Why go: This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next ... read more»

Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck Free attraction
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Ranks #3 in New York City attractions

Why go: This iconic plaza has it all — beautiful sculptures, an enormous skating rink, a fishbowl view of NBC Studios, plus hordes ... read more»

St. Patrick's Cathedral Free attraction
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Ranks #4 in New York City attractions

Why go: This sprawling cathedral sits amongst the hustle and distinctively secular bustle of Rockefeller Center. But that doesn't take away ... read more»

Bryant Park Free attraction
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Ranks #5 in New York City attractions

Why go: Just east of Times Square lies one of the most beautiful four-acres in Manhattan -- Bryant Park. Though its lush green ... read more»

National September 11 Memorial & Museum Free attraction
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Ranks #7 in New York City attractions

Why go: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum serves as the primary tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 ... read more»

Grand Central Station Free attraction
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Ranks #8 in New York City attractions

Why go: At this beautiful train station, you can eat some lunch, or shop till you drop, but recent travelers most enjoyed ... read more»

New York Public Library Free attraction
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Ranks #12 in New York City attractions

Why go: This main branch, officially called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, attracts plenty of book lovers, history junkies and architecture aficionados ... read more»

Times Square Free attraction
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Ranks #13 in New York City attractions

Why go: Some say that Times Square is like a five-block metaphor for New York City itself — it's exciting, colorful and ... read more»

The High Line Free attraction
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Ranks #14 in New York City attractions

Why go: Set on an abandoned rail track on Manhattan's West Side, this sprawling nearly 1½-mile-long landscaped park stretches over three ... read more»

Chrysler Building Free attraction
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Ranks #15 in New York City attractions

Why go: Technically, the Chrysler Building is an office building open Monday through Friday, but you don't need to go inside ... read more»

Fifth Avenue Free attraction
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Ranks #18 in New York City attractions

Why go: It's fitting that St. Patrick's Cathedral would be on the same street with stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany ... read more»

Brooklyn Bridge Free attraction
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Ranks #23 in New York City attractions

Why go: One of many signature landmarks of New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is also one of the oldest suspension bridges ... read more»

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