Free Attractions in Manhattan - New York's Premier Port for Cruise Ship Visitors

Lower Manhattan including the Freedom Tower
Flashiness of of Times Square
Manhattan Skyline at Night


The great thing about New York City is that there is a tremendous number of things to do that are free. I have lived in New Jersey for my entire life and no-matter how many times you go to New York they never get boring.

Below are some of my favorite attractions, You need to remember this is like a walking tour of New York so you need have comfortable walking shoes, water and and time.

Usually I start off at Ground Zero - the site of the 9/11 Terrorist attack. Although this is a solemn site, many people come to the site to reflect on the tragedy that happened at that location.

From the 9/11 site, proceed toward the Hudson River over to the World Financial Center. Inside the glass domed atrium you will find marble stairs and palm trees in the heart of Manhattan. Exit the World Financial Center and head toward the River. Notice the large yachts docked right out outside of the center in the marina.

Take a stroll from the Marina toward Battery Park along the Promenade and enjoy the views of Jersey City Waterfront and distant views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Once you reach Battery Park, here you will find street performers, vendors and musicians. If you wish to go to the Status of Liberty or Ellis Island - you can catch a ferry from Battery Park (Admission is required for the ferry, Statue and Ellis Island).

Brooklyn Bridge - Manhattan - Attraction - Cruise Passengers

For free views of Ellis Island, the Status of Liberty, the Manhattan Skyline and the Veranzarro Bridge - I recommend taking the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry ride is 60 minutes round trip from Battery Park, Manhattan to St. George Staten Island. The view of lower Manhattan from the ferry is outstanding and the ferry is FREE. (Please note that you will have to disembark from the ferry when reaching Staten Island, just exit the ferry and re-board). If you are taking a cruise departing from Manhattan I would skip the ferry ride, since the views will be the same as when your cruise departs.

After the ferry ride, you can proceed to the South Street Seaport and see the historic sailing ships moored at the location. You can also enter the indoor mall. I recommend going to the upper balcony of the mall to take photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge. After departing from the mall cross the street and visit the cobblestone lined street and additional stores of the Seaport.


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Walk toward the Brooklyn Bridge. Did you know that you can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge? Even if you only walk 1/2 way across, it's fun. From the bridge, you can take excellent photographs of the New York Skyline and you can appreciate the stone and cable bridge structure close up.

Just outside the Manhattan side of the bridge is the New York's City Hall and Federal Buildings. Court House - New York City - Manhattan

Walking Back toward Broadway you can have you picture taken with the Bull Sculpture in the financial district.

Next Stop is Trinity Church and the famous Wall Street.

Walking toward mid-town you will pass through Little Italy and China Town. These are idea places to stop and have lunch and a cool drink.

On you way to midtown, include a walk through Greenwich Village and SOHO to see trendy shops and people watch.

Upon reaching mid-town, there are a number of great sites to see including: Broadway, Rockefeller Center - home to the famous Christmas tree, Radio City Music Hall, 5th Avenue for shopping, Macy's on 34th Street - home to the NY Thanksgiving Day parade, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, FAO Schwartz - the famous toy store, the Chrysler Building and Trump Tower to name a few,

New York City Skyline - Things to do in New York - Manhattan

The final stop is Central Park, ideal for people watching, horse and carriage rides, walking, photograph and much more. Located in the park is the a great zoo. Admission is required for the Central Park Zoo but is very reasonable.

I also ask people to be sure to take a minute and look up many times during your walking tour - (just make sure you not standing in the middle of the street or other unsafe location). New York offers outstanding architecture in all of its buildings and if you are a photographer you may be missing some of the best pictures looming above you, so take a minute or two to look up.

Additional attractions which require admission include:

A trip to the top of the Empire State Building.

Take in a Broadway Show.

Have lunch at Planet Hollywood or ESPN Zone.

Attend a sporting events - Yankees, Mets, Knick and more. Please note that other than games played in Madison Square Garden - all stadiums are outside of Manhattan and require a train(s).

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping.

Trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.


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