New York for Free, With Kids

A getaway to New York? It’s quite an expense, especially as a family. But Séverine Tarayre, author of the Globekid guide “Discover New York as a Family”, blogger and mom, consented to share her great deals and ideas on what to do with kids in New York and… they’re all free!

Museums: Most New York museums offer free or voluntary contribution visits during certain periods. TimeOut, the city guide, lists them here. During the weekend, the prestigious MOMA even has free workshops for families.

Memorial: For bigger kids, access to the Memorial 9/11, commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks is also free (the museum costs $24). A visit to this site is extremely moving, especially at night.

Skating: During the winter, if you have your own skates (if not it’s $14 to rent a pair) you can enjoy the Bryant Park skating rink for free, right beside Times Square. In warmer seasons, you can enjoy movie projections, dance courses, yoga or tai chi… all without spending one cent!

Boat ride: Get off the beaten track and opt for a return trip to see the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. During high season, take a tour of Governors’ Island. Starting this summer, only the ferries leaving in the morning, on the weekend, are free. Otherwise, the Ikea Ferry for Red Hook proposes a nice ride, for free, to discover this unknown neighbourhood. Free on weekends, with a stop at Fairway Red Hook, and $5 during the week. Savings offered towards purchases at Ikea, even a coffee!

Note to parents: Globekids has an entire collection of travel books to discover Paris, London, Barcelona and many other destinations as a family. They are available for free online.

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