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New York City's 11 Best Free Landmarks and Attractions

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Central Park
Turtle Pond in Central Park

Turtle Pond in Central Park

Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

Some of New York City's best attractions and landmarks are free to visit. With the cost of hotels, restaurants and more, visiting some free attractions and landmarks will help you stretch your travel budget (& maybe even save something for a splurge-worthy treat!)
More: Free NYC Walking Tours | Free/Pay-What-You-Wish at NYC Museums

With 843 acres of gardens, open spaces, water and pathways, Central Park is a great place to escape from the tall buildings and chaos of New York City streets. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States and was inspired by public parks in London and Paris.

Of course you can walk around the park, admire its many sculptures and gardens for free, but you might be surprised to discover that the Central Park Conservancy's walking tours are free and offer a great way to get acquainted with Central Park. There are many other ways to enjoy Central Park, including having a picnic and wandering around on your own with the help of a Central Park Map.

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