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4 Hours to Spare in NYC? Here's What To Do!

If you're looking for FREE activities in New York City with your spare time on a band trip, there are plenty of options to explore. Here are some free activities that you can enjoy as a high school student:


1. Walk the High Line: As mentioned earlier, the High Line is a fantastic elevated park that offers beautiful views of the city. Walking along the park is free, and you can enjoy the public art installations and green spaces.

2. Explore Central Park: Central Park is a vast and iconic green oasis in the heart of Manhattan. You can spend hours exploring its various landscapes and visiting landmarks like Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, or the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

3. Visit the 9/11 Memorial: Pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial, located at the World Trade Center site. The memorial is free to visit, and you can see the reflecting pools and the names of the victims engraved in the memorial.

4. Attend free events and concerts: Keep an eye out for free events happening in the city. Parks like Bryant Park or Washington Square Park often host free concerts, movie screenings, and performances, especially during the summer months.

5. Visit the Staten Island Ferry: Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, which provides stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. The ferry is free, and you can enjoy the scenic journey back and forth.


1. Wander through the Chelsea Galleries: Chelsea is known for its art galleries, and many of them offer free admission. You can explore contemporary art and discover new artists in this vibrant neighborhood.

2. Explore the New York Public Library: The main branch of the New York Public Library, located on 42nd Street, is an architectural gem and worth a visit. You can admire the grand reading room, browse through the extensive collection, or attend free exhibitions.

3. Discover street art in Bushwick: Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood is known for its vibrant street art scene. Take a walk around the area and explore the colorful murals and graffiti that adorn the walls.

4. Attend free museum days: Several museums in NYC offer free admission on certain days or times. For example, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has free admission on Friday evenings. Check the websites of museums you're interested in to find out about their free admission policies.

Remember to check the websites or call ahead to confirm any specific details or restrictions for each activity. Enjoy exploring the city and making the most of the free attractions New York has to offer!

If You're Willing to Pay:

And hey, if you're willing to pay, there are LOTS more options. Taking a walk down Times Square and popping into Ripley's Believe It Or Not, the M&M store, or catching a Broadway matinee is always a good idea. The good news is NYC is a fast-paced city, so with a little planning, four hours can take you far.


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