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5 Best Free Things to do in New York City

The Virtuous Vee

In these turbulent times, going out can cost a big chunk of change. Especially in New York, things can get rough when it comes to having fun. Of course, going on a walk or in the park can be free, but on the other hand, who doesn't want more options?

The following list of free activities is just enough to improve the quality of your free time! Enjoy!

Visit the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

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The Museum at FIT, founded in 1969 as the Design Laboratory, includes collections of clothing, textiles, and accessories. This Museum is the only museum in New York City dedicated to the art of fashion, and features innovative exhibitions. The museum's Fashion Culture special programs run year-round and include exhibition talk and tours, fashion conversations with leading designers, lectures and book signings.

Tour the New York Public Library

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The New York Public Library is a public library system with nearly 53 million items and 92 locations. The New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States and fourth largest in the world. Find out more about the tours they offer here and support them by making a donation here.

Visit the Socrates Sculpture Park

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Socrates Sculpture Park is free and open year-round for amazing waterfront views, public art, and cool family-friendly programs and events. They offer an impressive education series for kids, teens, and adults. Plan your visit here.

Find Free Comedy Shows

There are many free comedy shows in NYC, featuring some of the best comedians in the country. On this website you can find the upcoming comedy shows and meetups where all the members will meet someone new, make new friends and have a laugh together.

Cruise on The Staten Island Ferry

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The Staten Island Ferry is one of the last remaining vestiges of an entire ferry system in New York City. Today the Staten Island Ferry provides 22 million people a year (70,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service for free. Travel time in either direction between St. George and Whitehall is approximately 25 minutes. Learn more here.

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