Best Free Things to do in NYC

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Most people think that taking a trip to New York City will cost a lot of money and, to a certain extent, they are probably right. To be sure, the costs of lodging in NYC certainly aren’t cheap and some things (soda, cigarettes, food, drinks) are pricier in the city than they are in other locations. Still, that doesn’t mean that a trip to the City that Never Sleeps should keep you up all night worrying about how much it is going to cost; there are certainly ways to get buy on a budget. Here area a few ideas about some under-the-radar, free things you can do to supplement the attractions that are included with the New York Explorer Pass and Go Select New York Pass.

Go To A Taping

Outside of Los Angeles, there is probably no other city in America that is home to more network television talk and game shows than New York. It is free to sit in as a member of the audience at a majority of the shows that tape in New York City and you never know which one of your favorite stars will be a guest on the day you attend.
Rules for getting into different shows differ (some require writing-in for tickets in advance; others you can just wait in line for) and it’s best to plan ahead to make sure you get in. For detailed information about how to get yourself into the top NYC-based TV shows – including addresses, schedule and contact information – please go here.

You Might Be A Fan Of…

Shows that tape in New York City include: 106 & Park (BET), The Colbert Report (Comedy Central), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated), Good Morning America (ABC), Huckabee (Fox News Channel), Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Live! with Kelly & Michael (syndicated) and many others.

Here On Governors Island

Another great place to visit that most people haven’t discovered yet is Governors Island. Located off the coast of downtown Manhattan, Governors Island has quietly
become one of the coolest and most convenient places in NYC to head for a daycation. The island is open every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday (Memorial Day and Labor Day) until September 29 from 10 am to 7 pm and ferry service to and from the island is punctual and free.

Inspired Island Attractions

Visitors to the island can experience miles of car-free biking by bringing their own bikes or renting one from Bike and Roll for a nominal fee. There are also tons of installations with artisan goods on display and for sale at places like Brooklyn ARTery, Rising Tide (a showcase of works inspired by Hurricane Sandy) and Better Than Jam: A Handmade Gifts Shop. For more great ideas about places to go and attractions to visit, check out the offerings provided by the New York City Attractions Pass and New York City Pass.

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