15 Free Things to Do in NYC

15 Free Things to Do in NYC

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island FerryChristopher Penler/shutterstock

Let the wind whip through your hair as you soak up the panoramic view of the best sights the city has to offer on the Staten Island Ferry. In just 25 minutes, you're guaranteed to see the Lower Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty—for free! Spoiler alert: This is on the list of the best free tourist attractions in every state.

Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital

Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital RuinsEdi Chen/shutterstock

The 1850s was a time of gothic architecture and degenerating disease. Smallpox-ridden patients were sent to the secluded hospital, accessible by subway, on the tip of Roosevelt Island, far from the rest of the healthy population. It was in use until 1875 and was turned into a city landmark exactly a century later. For optimal spooky sights, visit at dusk. 

Outdoor movies

People are waiting to see a movie in Union Square in summer, New York City.Massimo Salesi/shutterstock

NYC parks bring the screen set-up and you bring the blanket. During the summer, movie genres of any kind, including noir, comedy, action, romance, and sci-fi, are shown at outdoor movie locations across a plethora of parks. After a long day of sightseeing, this free activity is perfect for cozying up with a friend, or bring your family.

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