Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal (photo credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Although the cost of living in the city can be high, the culture and entertainment options more than make up for it. There are so many free things to do and experience, so here’s a mixture of free family-friendly options to get you started.

Grand Central Terminal
42nd St between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
(212) 883-2420

Transit lovers will enjoy the free weekly walking tours of Grand Central Terminal. Sponsored by the Grand Central Partnership, the 90-minute walking tours highlight both the Grand Central Terminal and the local neighborhood. If you’re interested in joining in, you just need to meet at the Sculpture Court of the Whitney Museum across the street from Grand Central.

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032
(212) 923-8008

A visit to Manhattan’s oldest home is filled with history and fun. Even better, the mansion offers a variety of free workshops for kids on the weekends and during school vacations. With classes and workshops like “Design Your Own Period Room” and “Colonial Dancing”, caregivers will want to join in too. (The good news is that they can!)

Times Square Visitors Center
7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets
New York, NY 10036
(212) 768-1560

The Times Square Alliance offers their free guided tour, “Times Square Exposé”, every Friday at noon. Even locals will enjoy learning the history of the neighborhood as they walk through one of the most famous locations in the world.

Wednesdays at One

Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-5050
During this popular series, talented Juilliard students perform the works of talented composers at Alice Tully Hall. Parents and children will get to enjoy these free concerts from 1pm – 2pm every Wednesday during the school year. The performances are free and you don’t even need a ticket.

Olivia Johnson-Coleman is a blogger with Mom in the City.


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