NEW YORK -- Believe it or not, this city is chock full of free
activities and attractions, most of which are available this
If you know where to look, you can sample free concerts, plays,
museum exhibitions and tours throughout the five boroughs.
The following are some examples of tours and activities that are
free:Get a feel for New York as a real New Yorker sees it with a
guided tour by a Big Apple Greeter.
These experienced local volunteers will share the secrets of
their favorite neighborhoods at no charge.
Appointments must be made at least three weeks in advance.
For details, call (212) 669-8159 or visit www.bigapplegreeter.org.Enjoy concerts and dance performances under giant palm trees at
the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, a glass-enclosed
shopping and business complex on lower Manhattan's waterfront that
holds free events throughout the summer.
Call (212) 945-0505 or visit the Web at www.worldfinancialcenter.com.Watch millions of dollars' worth of commodities change hands at
the noisy New York Mercantile Exchange.
Mondays through Fridays, trading at the Comex Division is from
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; trading at the Nymex Division is from 9:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Its museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,
call (212) 299-2499.
Enjoy folk paintings, furniture, pottery, quilts and other
decorative arts from the 18th century to the present at the Museum
of American Folk Art, Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to
Call (212) 595-9533 or visit www.folkartmuseum.org.Historical and contemporary designs can be viewed for free at
the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design on Tuesday evenings
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Call (212) 849-8400 or visit www.si.edu/ndm.Explore 4,000 years of Jewish history at the Jewish Museum,
which showcases 14,000 artifacts and is free on Tuesday evenings
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Call (212) 423-3200 or visit www.thejewishmuseum.org.Special exhibitions are showcased at the Guggenheim Museum
SoHo, open Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with
free admission at all times.
Call (212) 423-3500 or visit www.guggenheim.org.Unique urban art is on display for free at the Municipal Art
Society's Urban Center Gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is
closed on Sundays and Thursdays. For details, call (212)
935-3960.Explore the largest collection in the world devoted to Native
American history and culture for free at the National Museum of the
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays to 8
p.m. Call (212) 668-6624 or visit http://www.nmai.si.edu/.Catapult into the future at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab,
where high-tech interactive exhibits entertain children of all
The attraction is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and
noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call (212) 833-8100 or visit www.sonywondertechlab.com.By calling in advance, you can attend free tapings of popular
television shows, including "Late Night with David Letterman," at
(212) 975-5853; "Live with Regis and Kelly," at (212) 456-3054, and
the "Montel Williams Show," at (212) 830-0364.Explore the Art Deco Rockefeller Center on a free, self-guided
tour. Pick up maps in the main lobby at 30 Rockefeller Center. Call
(212) 332-6868.Taste farm-fresh produce, homemade breads, cheeses, cider and
more at the Union Square Green Market, where some vendors offer
free samples. Call (212) 477-9220.Browse for bargains at the famous Sixth Avenue Antiques Market
between 24th and 26th Streets, which is free on weekends. Call
(212) 243-5343.Revel in the best classical music, jazz, drama, opera and dance
that New York has to offer at free warm-weather performances in the
city's parks by the New York Philharmonic, City Opera, Shakespeare
in the Park and many more.
For details, Call the City of New York Parks and Recreation
Special Events Phone Line at (888) NY-PARKS or visit www.centralparknyc.org.Everything that's news is on display at the First Amendment
Center (formerly Newseum New York), which showcases photography
exhibits, lectures and films about journalism and the media. Call
(212) 317-6508.Take advantage of special exhibitions at the beaux arts New
York Public Library.
Call (212) 221-7676 or visit www.nypl.org.Drop by the Hayden Sphere at the Rose Center for Earth and
Space, at 81st Street just off Central Park West, for an evening of
live jazz, tapas and drinks Fridays from 5:45 p.m. to 8:15
The museum's suggested donation is $10. For details, call (212)
769-5100 or visit www.amnh.org.Explore the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is
free on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.
to noon. Children under the age of 16 always are admitted free.
Call (718) 623-7200.Although the New York Hall of Science suspends its free
admission (Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) during the
summer, it resumes in September.
The regular price, in effect during July and August, is $6. Call
(718) 699-0005 or visit www.nyhallsci.org.In the Bronx, enjoy great views from Wave Hill, the acclaimed
public garden and cultural institution overlooking the Hudson and
Admission is free all day Tuesday, and Saturday mornings from 9
a.m. to noon. All other times, admission is $4 for adults, $2 for
seniors and students and free for children under the age of 6.
For more information, call (718) 549-3200.The Socrates Sculpture Park, a free outdoor museum located on
the East River in Long Island City, Queens, is an abandoned garbage
dump that was turned into a vital community resource.
It serves as both a major art institution and as reclaimed open
space allowing public access to the waterfront.
It is open daily until sunset. Call (718) 956-1819.Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry for views of the lower
Manhattan skyline, the harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
The ferry is free at all times. Call (718) 727-2508.