NYC Attractions are in abundance throughout New York with many affordable and free attractions to visit. Some of NYC’s free tourist attractions to include on your places to visit in New York include Central Park, Wall St, Trinity Church, the New York Public Library, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. See the other side of the concrete jungle, by visiting the following free tourist attractions in NYC!
New York’s Central Park is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in New York and the most filmed place in the world! It is one of the most visited urban parks in the United States, having an average of 35 million visitors and tourists a year! NYC’s Central Park is bustling with adventure and lots of sightseeing. Central Park borders NYC’s Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Fifth Ave, and Central Park South at 59th St, not too far from Columbus Circle, and with its most northern tip at Central Park North, at 110th St. In 1963, Central Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Central Park is filled with free events, and statues. It is also home to the world-renowned Strawberry Fields and the “Imagine” mosaic which pays tribute to the late John Lennon, singer, songwriter, musician, and peace activist. To help commemorate John Lennon’s life, Strawberry Fields was officially opened on October 9th, 1985 on John’s 45th birthday. Every year on this date, visitors and tourists flock to Strawberry Fields to pay homage to the late Beatle.
The Financial District in Manhattan, New York City is also home to other free must-see NYC attractions, Wall St and Trinity Church. NYC is home to the world’s largest stock exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE, nicknamed “The Big Board.” Visit the Museum of American Finance, which is the United States only independent public museum dedicated to American financial history. Permanent installations include exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship, and Alexander Hamilton. The Museum also publishes its own quarterly magazine, Financial History, which boasts subscribers from all over the world.
On the top of any list of places to visit in New York and an essential place to visit on any tourist attractions NYC list can be found just a few blocks along Wall St at the intersection of Wall St and Broadway, Trinity Church. Trinity Church has been in lower Manhattan for over 300 years and is home to an active Episcopalian congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Wall St and Trinity Church are definite musts-see places to visit in New York and should be on the top of any tourist attractions NYC visit!
Other NYC tourist attractions which are free to check out while visiting New York include the High Line in New York City. Get an up-close and gain a unique vantage point of Manhattan by visiting the High Line! The High Line is a former elevated freight rail line which was transformed into a public park in 2009. It stretches along the Lower West Side of Manhattan from Gansevoort St in the Meatpacking District to West 34th St between 10th and 11th Avenues. Here, about 5 million tourists and native New Yorkers star gaze along the nearly one and half mile walking path each year. The High Line is a public park which is owned and operated by the City of New York and is maintained by the “Friends of the High Line.” Friends also raise 98% of the High Line’s annual budget through various events and stewardship. Along with unique nature sights, New York City is also home to the New York Public Library, which is free to visit and is the second largest public library in the United States.
The New York Public Library was originally known as the Central Building and is officially known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The main branch opened in 1911 in the Beaux-Arts design of the day, is two New York City blocks long, running from 40th street to 42nd street, and has four stories opened to the public! It stretches along NYC’s Fifth Avenue and is guarded by two stone lions – nicknamed “Patience” and “Fortitude.” In 1967 the New York Public Library was designated as a New York City Landmark. Free to visit, the New York Public Library is a must tourist attractions NYC. No NYC attractions list would be complete without a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The Cathedral of St. Patrick or St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of New York’s finest examples of a Roman Catholic Church built in the Neo Gothic Style and is considered the most prominent landmarks of Roman Catholicism in NYC and the United States. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is also the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and an active parish. The cathedral is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st streets and is directly across from Rockefeller Center. With its massive bronze doors, white marble façade, 330-foot spires, rose stained- glass windows and the statue of Pieta at the side of the Lady Chapel – it is New York’s finest example of Gothic Revival. With millions of visitors annually, St. Patrick’s Cathedral tops the list of New York attractions for tourists and sightseeing.
Along with NYC’s many free and affordable tourist attractions, it’s highly recommended to take a guided sightseeing tour ride on Big Bus. With Big Bus, tourists get a bird’s eye view of NYC attractions – including New York’s skyscrapers, NYC’s many historic landmarks, and shopping epicenters. Along with the best view point of New York attractions, a Big Bus guided tour allows tourists to gain inside knowledge about New York City. Purchase your Big Bus ticket in the lobby of Madame Tussauds!
Complete your sightseeing of New York tourist attractions with NYC’s biggest and most famous Madame Tussauds New York! Explore and take your own famous fun selfie with Madame Tussauds New York - rated as one of the most essential places to visit in New York. With over 4 floors of life-like celebrities, and wax-immersive fun – only Madame Tussauds allows you get up close personal to take your selfie with A-list stars, sports heroes, and cultural icons!
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