FREE Family Activities in New York City

Our top five sources for information on free (or almost free) activities during a family vacation in New York City:

  • Free (and Almost Free) in New York with Kids (Fodor's) "Instead, when your child invokes the inevitable "Now what are we doing?" question, try one of these last-minute ideas that, not incidentally, won't break the bank."
  • Free Boat Rides and Free Museums in New York City (
  • Free New York City! (National Geographic Traveler) "Finding free activities to fill your easier than you might think. With countless cultural attractions and a large city parks system, there is plenty to do that won't cost you a cent."
  • NYC for Free (NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organization for New York City)
  • Big Apple Greeter "See New York through the eyes of a New Yorker." Greeters help travelers feel welcome and get more from their stay in the Big Apple." The best thing about this service is that it's free (and tipping isn't permitted).
Bonus Resource: Download's Summer in the City Saving's Pass and Guide. Get discounts to places like American Girl Place, The Skyscraper Museum, Top of the Rock's Observation Deck, hotels, restaurants and more.

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