8 Things to Do in Midtown NYC for Free

8 Things to Do in Midtown NYC for Free

Ever visiting New York City on a low budget?

Looking to experience the most of NYC culture as one of the New Yorkers?

I’ve been living in NYC for 4 years and here’s my self-guided walking tour along Broadway to see and do things in Midtown, NYC for free! (No need to pay for transportations!)

Midtown NYC Google Map

Union Square

Union Square often hosts outdoor greenmarket, open Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat, offering bread, veggies, flowers, and more!

It also hosts movie screenings during the summer, and holiday market during the winter with 100+ outdoor vendors selling craft, art, home accessories, and food.

Union Square, NYC

Flatiron Building

One of the stunning and famous architecture in NYC is nicknamed for its clothes iron look. There is a seating area in front of the building for people who simply want to enjoy the view in this triangular open space.

Flatiron Building, NYC

Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park featuring sculptures and a dog park right next to the Flatiron Building. There is a Shake Shack inside the park with many open seats and tables for people to enjoy their meal and hang out!

Madison Square Park, NYC
Madison Square Park, NYC

Stop by Macy’s and Koreatown 

One of the top shopping centers in NYC. If you are looking for a place to shop for all the well-known brands, it’s along this street! 

Koreatown is packed with most Korean BBQ, cuisines, dessert cafes, groceries, and beauty products. This street is famous for people who are looking to grab food late at night. 

Times Square

Don’t need me to mention the most popular NYC landmark, Time Square! Here’s the place that makes you experience the most about “the city that never sleeps”. If you visit Time Square late at night, it’ll make you feel like it was still daytime from all the billboard’s light.

Bryant Park

Green space behind the New York Public Library. Bryant Park hosts outdoor concerts and movie screenings during the summer, holiday markets and ice skating during the winter.

Pro Tip: Bryant Park has a public bathroom. As most people know, it’s very difficult to find a public bathroom in NYC, and Bryant Park Bathroom actually has cleaners stand by during the time they’re open. (super clean!) 

Bryant Park, NYC

 New York Public Library 

The New York Public Library is the second-largest public library in the United States and the fourth largest in the world.

Nearly half of the people here are tourists and half are actually here for studying and reading. Can you imagine reading in here without being distracted by the magnificent designs around you?

 New York Public Library, NYC

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is a commuter rail terminal located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. As you may have seen, lots of movies were filmed in this amazingly beautiful terminal!

Grand Central Terminal, NYC
Grand Central Terminal, NYC

I also made a video of me waking from Chinatown to Rockefeller Center during Covid!

Final Thought

I hope you find this walking tour guide helpful for your adventure exploring Midtown Manhattan, NYC! I personally love to walk and wander around to experience most of the local culture instead of rushing from one place to another. And it’s good for your health too! Life is about the journey, not the destination, right? If you have other favorite things to do in NYC for free, comment down below to let us know so we can all learn from each other!

Check out my other post 6 Cool Things to Do in Midtown West, New York City !

Happy Adventure Soul 🙂

My name is Kaya and I'm the storyteller and content creator behind this blog. The purpose of this blog is to inspire adventurous spirits like me to experience and see the world in a different way. And see what the world has to offer!
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