Carol Cain


  • New York City, NY, USA

Carol Cain is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She is a travel and food blogger who shares her adventures at Originally from Brooklyn, Cain has studied and lived abroad, experiences that have nourished her wanderlust in and out of NYC, with or without her three boys in tow. Her travel stories have appeared in publications for MasterCard, Expedia, American Airlines and Lifetime Digital Media, as well as New York Family magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

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    What are the best attractions in New York City?

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    There is a reason why we call NYC the city that never sleeps. The list of attractions is extensive and can take weeks to explore. But of all the things there are to do in the city, my favorites are the free attractions. Here are three you can’t miss:

    1. Museum Mile: Fifth Avenue, running from 82nd to 105th streets is home to some of the city's best museums, many which offer discounted or free admission on certain days of the week (check their websites for more details). The Museum Mile Festival takes place every June, where speakers, music, and free admission is offered to all.

    2. The Parks: We’ve all heard of the magnificence found along the 843 acres of Central Park. Shakespeare in The Park at the Delacorte Theatre and the Summer Concert Series are two of the most popular free events during warmer months, while ice-skating at Wollman Rink is a family favorite in the winter. But between May and September, I enjoy leaving the city behind and taking the free ferry over to Governor’s Island, where free entertainment can be found as well as plenty of space for lounging and picnics. A small fee for a bike rental will allow you to take in the amazing views around the small island, a unique NYC experience.

    3. Audience Seats for TV Tapings: NYC is where most of my favorite American shows are filmed, from cooking talk shows like The Rachael Ray Show to comedic icons like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Saturday Night Live. The process to request tickets is listed on the show’s website and through an online reservation system. Take note: the demand for these shows is high, so plan far in advance and put in your request early, as the wait can be long (but not impossible).

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