Located in northeast United States, New York City is a center for commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research and entertainment. It is also home to a number of famous world attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Manhattan Skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The five boroughs of New York City including Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island provide a wide array of free activities to let you experience a taste of New York’s history, arts, and culture.
Being a center for arts and culture, New York City is a haven for museum enthusiasts. The New York City Fire Museum offers free access for guests who want to know the history of fire fighting and firefighters from New York’s earliest days until the present.
A number of museums in the city also have “suggested admission” policies or offer select days or nights where guests can get in for free. Interested tourists can check out the museum’s websites for the day-by-day guide and schedule of these free visits. Others can also take advantage of the New York City Pass for affordable rates at museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim Museum.
TV Show Taping Visits
Many television shows are taped in New York City everyday. Most of these shows offer free live studio audience tickets. It is also possible to check out a number of morning shows that tape outside the studios, mostly on key highways, streets, and various points of interest.
Some of the popular TV shows that provide free admission include: NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’ The Early Show and The Late Show with David Letterman, and ABC’s Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Kelly.
Free Walking Tours
The Show Me the Money Tour takes you to the five stories underground of the Federal Reserve Bank’s gold vaults. The Bottoms Up Tour gives you an in-depth look at the science of beer mixing at the Brooklyn Brewery. The 8th Street Walking Tour lets you visit Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady recording studio and Edward Hopper’s home. The Orchard Street Walking Tour immerses you to the bustling Lower East Side where you can visit the Municipal Public Bath House, the First Romanian-American Congregation, and the only remaining umbrella shop in the city called the Salwen Umbrella. The one-hour Time Square Tour takes you back to the neighborhood’s colorful and gritty past.
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