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Free and Cheap on Long Island

Free and cheap things to see and do on Long Island, NY

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Long Island has lots of affluent communities and was once the home of sprawling Gold Coast mansions. But in addition to all the upscale places, there are plenty of free and cheap things to do on Long Island. From lush, flower-filled gardens to cost-free museums, Long Island has much to offer for folks on a budget.

1. Free Things to Do on Long Island

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You don’t have to spend lots of money to enjoy Long Island. From free movies, concerts and plays to museums without admission fees, there’s plenty to see and do on Long Island without digging deep into your wallet. Here are some places where you can have fun on Long Island for free.

2. Free Things To Do With Your Kids on Long Island

Long Island Children's Museum - Bubble Gallery
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Whether you have an only child or a group of three or more in tow, there are wonderful, free places to take your children in Nassau and Suffolk. Here's a sampling of some great free things to do with kids on Long Island.

3. Free on Long Island on Your Kid's Birthday

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From free meals to other birthday surprises, there's a variety of freebies on your child's special day. Read more about Long Island freebies on your child's birthday...

4. Get A FREE Entree on Your Birthday at Indian Wells Tavern

Indian Wells Tavern - Amagansett NY
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Celebrate your birthday with a free entree at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett. Proof of birthday is required. Call (631) 267-0400  for more information.

5. Free on Your Birthday on Long Island

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Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
From free meals to ice cream and more, find out where you can get some great freebies on your birthday. Read more about freebies on your birthday on Long Island.....

6. Dine at Long Island Restaurants for Less with Restaurant.com

Bolanee (potato leek turnovers) at Ariana Restaurant, Huntington, NY
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Learn how you can buy certificates for deep discounts at restaurants throughout Long Island (and across the U.S. as well.)

7. Daytime Discounts at Madras Woodlands Restaurant

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Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

On weekdays from noon to 3 p.m., check out Madras Woodlands' lunch specials where you can choose from a variety of meals for only $5.25 (plus tax.)

Specials include a choice of one curry dish (mattar paneer, alu gobi, daal fry, vegetable jalfrezi, alu matter and more), served with basmati rice, chapati, yogurt, pickle and more, all for $5.25

On weekends, there's an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $9.95 (plus tax) from noon to 3 p.m. Meals at Madras Woodlands are kosher.

Madras Woodlands is located at 1627 Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park, NY.

For more information, call (516) 326-8900. See also my Madras Woodlands Restaurant Review.

8. The American Guitar Museum

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Photo © The American Guitar Museum

One of Long Island’s lesser-known museums, The American Guitar Museum is home to countless musical treasures. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in the importance of musical instruments on display. Best of all, there's no admission charge.

9. Long Island Thrift Shops

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Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Shop for bargains and hidden treasures at the many Long Island Thrift Shops. Click on the title to learn more.

10. How To Find Deals and Discounts at Long Island Spas

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Everyone deserves a soothing break from stress, and there are ways to find discounted spa treatments on Long Island. Read more about deals and discounts at Long Island Spas...

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