Free Things to Do in New York City

Seven free things to do in New York City, so you can better enjoy the most expensive city in the country.

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When visiting the most expensive city in America, finding some free and fun things to do on a vacation or staycation can help you stretch your budget and feel like a local. You'll save on transportation expenses, as many of my recommendations are within walking distance of each other. All are also easily reachable by public transportation, which is often the fastest and most budget-conscious way to travel around Manhattan. 

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Donna LeValley
Personal Finance Writer

Donna joined Kiplinger as a personal finance writer in 2023. She spent more than a decade as the contributing editor of J.K.Lasser's Your Income Tax Guide and edited state specific legal treatises at ALM Media. She has shared her expertise as a guest on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox, NPR, CNBC and many other media outlets around the nation.