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15 Free (to low cost) NYC Tourist Destinations

Recently my uncle and his family came to visit us in NYC and prior to their arrival he had provided me with a list a NYC tourist destinations they would like to visit. I had provided him my feedback on the spots as well as provided his a the associated costs for each.

With that, I thought, why not share the list and my feedback on my blog since I post about everywhere else we visit.

So, here it goes;

  • Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty ($) – is one ticket, includes both. $25.50 Adult, $16.00 Child between 4-12. If you want to go up to the crown it is slightly more & subject to availability. Just to note, to get to the crown, it’s all stairs, very narrow and super compact. Only about 6 people fit in the crown at a time. Just letting you know because I was a little freaked out climbing those stairs.
  • Brooklyn Bridge (FREE) is free to see and walk across is you’d like.
  • St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church(FREE)  Located in downtown and free to enter to view and can as well attend mass if you’d like.
  • Trinity Church(FREE) Located in downtown and free to enter to view and can as well attend mass if you’d like. Very pretty, but on the smaller side.
  • St. Patrick’s Church(FREE) Located in Midtown East and free to enter to view and again, can as well attend mass if you’d like. Very, very pretty.
  • One World Observation(FREE – $) Located in downtown. One of my favorite observatories in comparison to Rockefeller and Empire state in regards the view. Rockefellers coming in second place. Standard tickets are $35.00 for adults and $28 kids 6-12. I wouldn’t recommend upgrading tickets. They sell upgrades for quicker time to the top, not really faster. The line moves anywhere from 10-30 mins depending on the time of day you go. You don’t have a time limit for how long you are up there. If you want to see day and night view, you can go in the evening , wait around getting a snack at the food court area and see the night view.
  • 9-11 Memorial(FREE)  Free to walk around and see / visit the fountains. Across the street from where we live.
  • 9-11 Museum – ($) Underneath the fountains and pretty neat. Larger than we thought it really was. Give yourself several hours to get through, especially if you guys are the types that like to stop read and watch the videos, etc. $26.00 adults and $18 kids 7-17.
  • American Natural History Museum (Free- $) – Free the first Friday of every  month. Other than that, tickets are usually $23 adults, $13 kids 2-12.
    Radio City Hall(FREE- $) Free to view from the outside. You can as well enter if you buy tickets to a show. Shows vary on the time of year and prices for the shows vary. Normally on concerts, aside from the Christmas Spectacular during the holidays. Tickets to shows can be found on the below link.
  • Rockefeller Center(FREE- $) Free to enter the shopping center in the base of the building. Charge for observatory tickets. My 2nd favorite one in the city. If you go up to the observatory, which is 3 floors, indoors and outdoors, tickets are $36.00 adults, $30.00 kids 6-12 years old.
  • Time Square(FREE) Free to walk through and see any time of day or night. (Pretty neat view and night).
  • Central Park(FREE) Free to see and walk through. Pretty large  (5 miles) and a lot to see depending what it is you want to see, so give yourself several hours and great walking shoes, or you can bike around. Bike rentals are pretty decent prices, about $5 an hour.
  • Yankee Stadium(FREE) If you just want to see the stadium, it is free.
  • Battery Park(FREE) Free to walk through the park. Depending on the time of year, there are a bunch of random free events. Summer time, a lot of free concerts, etc. You will technically be at BPC when you catch the ferry to the statue and Ellis island.

Hope this list gives you a rounded list of tourist spots to visit during your next trip to NYC.


If there are other spots you have on your list, please do share them in the “comment” section below.

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  1. Karen
    November 28, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    Great list. I as well love the Empire State building .

    • madamewarrior
      November 29, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      Oh yea, I as well love the Empire State building. I just don’t rate it as one of my fave observatories due to the gates surrounding it, preventing “good photos”.

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