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Free Things to do in New York City

Free things to do in NYC Bored? Don’t be! New York City is one of the best cities in the entire world! Even though it can get a little expensive, there are so many free things to do in New York City.

(1) First, meet a Big Apple Greeter. Big Apple Greeters are native New Yorkers who will give you the hook up on your favorite neighborhoods – where to eat, what to do, etc – all for free! It’s like having your own personal travel agent with all the “inside” information that only locals have. Be sure to fill out this form 3-4 weeks before your visit.

(2) The New York Public Library is a must-visit for everyone – whether you’re a tourist or a local. Not only is this beautiful, historic building an actual library … they have free wi-fi, so it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

(3) Rated #6 out of nearly 400 things to do in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is just a few miles from NYC and is a must see, so I had to include it on this list! Admission to this gorgeous, well-maintained garden is free on Tuesdays, Saturdays from 10AM til noon, and weekdays all winter long (November through February). Learn about native plants, horticulture, and even urban gardening. Plan your trip ahead of time so you know which exhibits and plants in bloom you’ll see.

(4) Museum of Modern Art, known as MoMA, offers free admission from 4PM til 8PM on Friday nights. Children under 16 are always free. There are so many masterpieces at this museum, it can get a little overwhelming! Plan to spend at least a few hours taking it all in. MoMA is perfect for families, just be sure to get there early because the line is pretty long on the free admission nights! For locals: MoMA offers free hands-on art classes for NYC high school students, ages 13-19. All materials and food are provided. Make, view, and discuss modern and contemporary art while taking a free class. E-mail teenprograms@moma.org for more information.

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(5) Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers free admission on Thursdays from 3PM til 5PM. The hands-on exhibits at this museum are the best! There’s an area called “Totally Tots”, for the littlest ones to play in sandboxes and with water, but I wouldn’t say there’s a lot for older ones like tweens.

(6) For locals: Check out the free concerts in June and July. Check this calendar of events to see what’s happening – and what’s free – every day in the NYC.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "