If you’re planning a family trip to New York City, you don’t have to look hard to find things to do within your budget. Try these three free things to do in the Big Apple for some guaranteed family fun.
Take a free tour
Guided city tours are a great way to see all that New York City has to offer, but they can be expensive for families on a budget. Luckily, the Grand Central Partnership sponsors a free weekly tour guided by Justin Ferate. Ferate, the former Director Adult Education at Cooper Union and former Director of Tour Services for Gray Line New York, leads you and your family on a free walking tour every Friday around noon. Since New York City can be chilly in the winter, tour schedules vary. Be sure to check the website or call ahead for details.
Justin’s New York Tours is located at 235 East 49th Street #12-A in New York City. Call 212-697-1245 or visit Justin’s website for more information: justinsnewyork.com
Ride the Ferry for Free
A cruise or private boat ride around Long Island Sound may offer breathtaking views of the city skyline, but these packages are not cheap or kid-friendly. Consider taking the Staten Island Ferry instead; your kids will love snapping pictures of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty as you ride by Manhattan on the free ferry. The trip is about half an hour long, and the ferry departs from Battery Park weekdays and weekends. Although there are several daily departures, check the official website for ferry schedule updates.
Staten Island Ferry-Whitehall Ferry Terminal is located on 4 South Street in New York City. Call 718-727-2508 for more information or visit the website: siferry.com
Visit a Free Museum
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum usually charges $7.50 for admission, but if you visit before 11am on the second weekend of each month, admission is free. This two story museum was founded in 1899 and renovated with a “greener” design in 2008. It has been entertaining kids ever since with dinosaur bones and a mini-aquarium. There are live snakes, colorful dance performances, and even a water playland, so you are sure to find something for everyone in the family.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Call 718-735-4400 or visit brooklynkids.org for more information.