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40 free things to do in New York City

Staten Island Ferry ~ Everyone wants to see the Statue of Liberty. Ferry tours there start at $12. But the Staten Island Ferry for commuters, cutting across the New York Harbor, is absolutely free and has long held the distinction as the single greatest free attraction on the Eastern Seaboard. Around since 1905, the ferry carries 19 million across the harbor each year. Technically for transport in between Staten Island and Manhattan, most visitors simply hop back on to get back to New York.

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Audrey Hepburn photographed by Dennis Stock during the filming of Sabrina in Long Island, New York, 1954.

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Cedar Island Lighthouse, New York- One of our favorites from this trip. A one and a half mile walk (each way) along the beach to reach this one. Great beach-combing along the way. Though it is abandoned and the doors and windows are bricked shut, there was something hauntingly beautiful about it. There are hopes of someday restoring it.

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Throgs Neck Bridge, NY....I called it the toad's throat bridge when I was little and my dad and grandfather laughed and laughed... ;-)

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Whale Watch is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Zealand - Perhaps on a bigger boat!

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