Free Things to Do in New York City in October
October is high season in New York
. But if you know where to go, there are things to be done that require no money at all. With just a little research, tourists can make up for those $250-a-night hotel rooms
they booked with a bit of fun for free.
This is the best freak show in town, and it's free! See men dressed as nurses, woman dressed as priests, Dracula, hobgoblins, witches in packs, and other oddities all night long. The parade starts at 7:00 p.m. on Halloween night and runs up 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street. Don't miss all of the creative costuming on the Avenue!
Fall Foliage in Central Park
October is the best time to see the trees change colors in Central Park. Central Park is heavily forested and becomes a kaleidoscope of color during the fall. Enter at West 84th Street and head east through The Pinetum to the The Great Lawn. Have a walk around the loop by Belvedere Castle.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry leaves every half hour or so from the southern tip of Manhattan. The ferry heads to Staten Island and back and affords great views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Governor's Island. Combine this with a trip to the National Museum of the American Indian (also free) on One Bowling Green in the Alexander Hamilton Customs' House.
Claire Taylor is a health, wellness and travel writer with credits in publications such as "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." Taylor is also a seasoned independent traveler, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.