Let’s face it – when you live in the most expensive city in the United States (also known as New York), living on a budget can be hard. Fortunately, there are plenty of places and things to do in New York without having to spend a dime. Transit Wireless has got you covered. Whether you’re looking for free tours, concerts, art exhibits, outdoor activities or cultural attractions, this city has its fair share of free fun to offer. Take the subway to our top 5 free NYC attractions!


  • Day Trip in Central Park – Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is the perfect setting for a full day of activities, and best of all it’s free! Take a tour of Strawberry Fields, go on a nature hike or just bask in the glorious sunshine. It’s truly the perfect spot to spend your day without spending a dime.
    • Central Park stretches from North 110th Street to Central Park South (59th Street) and from Central Park West (8th Avenue) to 5th Ave, New York, NY
  • Take the Grand Central Grand Tour – Two historians will lead you through a free 90-minute walking tour hitting places like Grand Central Terminal’s ‘whispering gallery’ and the Chrysler Building. Brought to you by the Grand Central Partnership, this tour shares the exciting history behind the Grand Central neighborhood and its historic landmark!
    • 120 Park Ave, at 42nd St, Midtown East – Tours start at 12:30 pm every Friday
  • Kayak at the Downtown Boathouse – Say goodbye to the heat this summer by going for a nice kayak ride on the Hudson River. Best of all, kayaking is free at the Downtown Boathouse. They offer free 20-minute rides every weekend. Hop on the A, C, E to Canal Street or take the 1 train to Franklin Street and you’ll be enjoying the NYC breeze on the water.
    • Pier 26 on Saturdays & Sundays from 9-5 pm ; Governors Island on Saturdays from 10:30 am – 4 pm
  • Visit the NY Hall of Science – Is the summer weather too hot for you? Take a break and head inside to the New York Hall of Science. With its hands-on and interactive experiences, people of all ages get the chance to indulge their curiosity and nurture their creativity at over 450+ exhibits, workshops and demos. Best of all, it’s free on Fridays and located in the heart of Queens. Take the 7 train to 111th street.
    • 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY – Free admission every Friday from 2-5 pm
  • Walk the High Line – Visit the High Line, a picturesque elevated-garden built on a historic freight line, a section of the New York Central Railroad. This urban garden is great for a morning jog, a sunset walk or a scenic tour for visitors from out of town. Weekly 75-minute guided walking tours are free and led by High Line Docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides who will offer you an insider’s perspective on the park’s history, design, and landscape. Take the L, A, C, E to 14th Street & 8th Avenue or the 1, 2, or 3 train to 14th Street & 7th avenue.
    • The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenue – Free tours every Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm and Saturday 10:00-11:15 am (May through October)