Top 5 Places to Explore for Free in NYC!


Places to go in NYC for free!

I am so excited to share with all of you my most recent NYC adventures! I recently celebrated my 36th birthday there and turned my dream of exploring NYC in the fall a reality! Today, I’m going to start by sharing my top 5 places to explore for free…(it’s nice knowing that “free” still exists at times, isn’t it?)


1. Central Park

When I was a young girl, I started having a deep desire to see NYC in the fall, more specifically Central Park, this desire began after I finished watching the movie, Autumn in New York. Another early sign I was catching a bad case of wanderlust before I even knew that was a thing. NYC pulled on my heart strings even before I had ever walked down her streets and I knew, one day I would experience NYC during the autumn months for myself. You guys, it was everything I had hoped it to be…the trees were perfectly adorned with brightly colored leaves, kissed by the autumn sun. As the sun shone brightly, there was a chilly, yet gentle breeze rustling through as we explored the ever so beautiful Central Park. Both New Yorkers and visitors alike, enjoyed a wonderful November day. Dogs were being walked, the ice skating season had just begun, and we passed the Central Park Zoo (we even saw people enjoying a lovely boat ride on the lake). The highlight for me, was getting the first glimpse of the elegant, mid 19th century Bow Bridge. Then, hearing a classical guitarist playing beautifully nearby as we walked across the bridge, taking in breathtaking views on either side. Just beautiful! This, my friends, is why Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. Visit the following link to plan your visit…Central Park NYC!

Travel Tip 1: Give yourself at least two hours to explore Central Park, there is so much to see…like taking the time to read quotes, love notes, and even proposals engraved on most park benches that have been adopted all over the park:-)


2. Grand Central Terminal (aka Grand Central Station)

Okay, now this one surprised me! I have read many articles mention this on the list of places to explore during a visit to NYC and for some reason I never had the desire, until now. The grand architecture of the 1903 train station that houses 44 platforms, more than any other station in the entire world, does not disappoint! I was in literal AWE of the beauty of this place! The attention to detail and the history of this landmark was intriguing. Do yourself a favor while exploring here, take your time and grab a seat at one of the side restaurants above and open to the main foyer to enjoy a drink, maybe even a meal. I would also suggest to read up on some historical facts and look around to see firsthand where it all took place. We learned about a section in the ceiling that had never been cleaned, sort of a reminder to not let history repeat itself with letting people smoke inside. When we looked for it, we found it literally under our heads as we were dining at a restaurant inside…#travelawesome! If you look closely, you’ll also find a hole in the ceiling that most say was made by mistake when the “too tall” Redstone rocket was displayed there in 1957 leaving the hole and accusing some people of miscalculating the measurements. However, we did some internet digging, and found it actually was made on purpose to anchor a stabilizing wire for the Redstone rocket and there are photos to prove it. If you want to learn more about the secrets of Grand Central Terminal click on the following link and make sure to read the bonus secrets…Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central Terminal!

Travel Tip #2~ Head downstairs and enjoy the magic of the “whispering gallery” that’s located in front of the Oyster Bar! Whether it was built to hear whispers across the room clear as day or just a whimsy and happy accident, it is sure to excite the inner child within:-)

3. Greenwich Village or simply “the Village”


This neighborhood is known to be referenced by the name “Greenwich” all the way back to 1696. It has been known as an artist’s haven for many years. If I could pick any place to live in NYC, it would definetly be in this particular neighborhood! I mean, if it’s good enough for Audrey Hepburn, it’s good enough for me;-) I just love wandering down the cobblestone streets, dreaming of what my life would be like to live in such a place. *sigh*

Travel Tip #3: Don’t have the funds to splurge on a Broadway show or take in a ballet? Just linger around Washington Square Park, near NYU, you’ll be sure to enjoy an artistic delight at some point. Every time I’ve been, I’ve had the pleasure of either hearing beautiful musicians or seeing talented dancers. This time we enjoyed both:-)



4. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Located in Midtown Manhattan on 53rd Street, the MOMA houses some of the most influential modern art in the world. Visitors can enjoy exploring this museum free of charge every Friday from 4-8pm. I specifically wanted to see The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh. I was also pleased to see other works of art by Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, and was introduced and drawn to the works of an artist by the name of Gustav Klimt. I especially enjoyed Klimt’s piece, Adele Bloch-Bauer II. In 1938, this painting along with others, was confiscated by the Nazi government. After much legal negotiations, the works were returned to the Bloch-Bauer heirs and then later sold. This painting, shown above, is now on loan to the museum from its current owner. Visit their site to learn more,!

Travel Tip #4: Do your research before visiting! We didn’t realize that a seperate ticket had to be purchased in advance to see the current exhibition of Picasso’s sculptures…the tickets were even sold out during our visit:-(


5. The High Line

The High Line is a 1.45 mile long elevated urban park that was built on a disused portion of the New York Central Railroad. This park was created in 2009 and was inspired by a similar project in Paris. Enjoy a leisure stroll, like we did, or even a run down this once used railroad that shipped cargo like meat, milk, produce, etc., allowing goods to be transported directly to its destination without disturbing traffic on the streets. The beautiful plants and greenery planted in the park today were specifically chosen to pay homage to the wild plants that grew naturally along the once abandoned railway.

Travel Tip #5: Do take time to stop and smell the flowers, maybe take a seat on one of the benches for a few minutes to enjoy and reflect on life’s little pleasures. We live in a beautiful world, after all:-)


Check back next week. I’ll be sharing more about my recent NYC adventures…possibly, even sharing a funny and tad bit embarrassing story;-) Thank you for taking the time to read this post and please comment below with any NYC tips or suggestions that you might have. Happy Travels and remember…Travel’s a Dance Away!


13 Comment

  1. Faith says:

    Such a great post!!! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. andelec says:

      Hi Faith! Thanks for reading:-)

  2. Cathy Garland says:

    Did you get your portrait made? I did – by an older Chinese man. It’s a fun one – it’s what I’d look like if I had a little Asian in me! He must have seen it in me or something.

    We liked the whispering galley too. If you visit Queens, there’s an Asian restaurant open 24 hours and a line of Asians at all times outside – so you know its good and authentic. (Like, frog leg authentic.)

    I’m a big fan of Project Runway, so we stopped in Mood too. That was fun to see.

    I’ll try the Highline next time – good tip!

    1. andelec says:

      Cathy, hope you are well! I have never had my portrait drawn, but I’ve always wanted to;-) Thanks for the restaurant recommendation in Queens…what’s the name of it? I love Project Runway as well…that reminds me, I’m behind on watching it;-) Hope you get a chance to enjoy the High Line next time you pay a visit to NYC!! Thanks for reading, friend:-)

  3. Liza Dora says:

    I love this post so much. I bookmarked it. NYC is my favorite place. It’s on my bucket list of places to live.

    1. andelec says:

      Thank you, Liza! I would have to agree with you totally, living in NYC would be a dream!!

  4. Dede says:

    I first fell in love with NYC at the same time I fell in love with Billy Crystal’s character in “When Harry Met Sally”. Remember the scene when they meet each other again, in a bookstore in NYC, and then proceeds to take a walk outside, and it was gloriously full-on autumn in New York? That moment… 🙂

    Wonderful blog! I have yet to see Central Park in autumn, but firmly on the bucket list.

    Oh and this tip? Wonderful and on my to-do now. “Travel Tip 1: Give yourself at least two hours to explore Central Park, there is so much to see…like taking the time to read quotes, love notes, and even proposals engraved on most park benches that have been adopted all over the park”

    1. andelec says:

      I love that movie!! Now I’m going to re-watch it…I can’t recall the Central Park scene. Movies have a funny way of making us want to explore more, don’t they?! Thank you for the sweet comment, Dede! I hope you’ll be planning that NYC trip really soon:-) Happy Traveling, friend!

  5. Dede says:

    Oh, and belated happy birthday!!! 🙂

    1. andelec says:

      Thanks SO much!! It was celebrated well, I am truly blessed:-)

  6. Ana says:

    Loved the post! I haven’t visited the High Line so it’s totally going to my list, that and of course some not so free NYC cupcakes |

  7. Ah, I want to visit NYC in the fall! So beautiful and I love how there are so many things to do that are little to no cost! Always nice to find stuff like that, especially when the destination is costly enough:) I really want to visit MOMA next time we go…I really enjoyed the Met, so I’m excited to go to some of the other museums in the area!

    1. andelec says:

      I hope you can make a trip to NYC soon, Joscelyn! Maybe with can go with you guys next time;-)

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