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Top 10 Free Things to do in New York, NY

The city that never sleeps.. New York is known for the Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Hudson River. It is a very expensive city to visit but there are a few things you can do cheap/free! With so many things to do in this city, you will definitely have a good time. To check out where to go, what to eat, how to get there – visit way.com.

1.Central Park

Central Park is the most visited urban park and it is located in Manhattan, New York City. It is an 863 acre park that is free for to explore. They do have guided tours of the park but you must purchase a ticket. I recommend walking through the park and using the online soundcloud they have available for each featured attraction. You can find all the attractions HERE. A popular spot to visit in the park is the Bow Bridge. It is absolutely beautiful and romantic with a view of the lake and all the flowers and trees surrounding. This bridge has been the setting for many proposals, wedding and engagement pictures, and it has also been the scene in movies.

2.High Line

The High Line is a park that was built on a old freight line and was open to the public in 2009. This space is almost 1.5 miles long and has many food vendors, gardens to explore and art to enjoy. It is free to explore and has many popular distinctive spots to visit. One of the park’s spots that I really find interesting is the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook which is located at Gansevoort Street. It is a balcony that overlooks Chelsea, Greenwich Village and the Hudson River.

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3.Brooklyn Brewery

The Brooklyn Brewery is the perfect spot to hang out and have a nice cold beer on any given day. They offer FREE tours Monday – Thursday 5 PM to 11 PM and Fridays 2 PM to 12 AM. They always have some events going on such as games, music, food vendors, and much more as well as the tours. You can check out their events page HERE.  Below is a list of things you need to know before touring the brewery.

  • You must bring a valid ID with you and be over 21 to taste any of the samples.
  • No open toed or high heeled shoes are allowed on tours (for your safety).
  • During the week if there isn’t a food truck available, you can bring outside food with you or have it delivered. No outside drinks allowed.
  • All tours are given in English.

4.Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry is totally FREE of charge. Scammers will try to sell you tickets for the ferry, so be aware! This Ferry is one of the last remaining  vestiges in New York that still transports people between Manhattan, St. George on Staten Island, and Whitehall Street. These days the Ferry provides transportation to over 22 million people a year.

Things to Note

  • FREE WIFI
  • Pets not allowed. Only service animals and animals that are caged or muzzled
  • All passengers are subject to screening by police and K9
  • Lost and Found is open Monday – Friday 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Wheel Chair Accessibility

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5.Times Square

The Times Square is what makes New York the city that never sleeps since it is known for all of it’s Broadway theatres, cinemas and the big electronic billboards. There are many events that are held at the square that are FREE to explore. Look up the schedule HERE to see what’s going on when you plan your visit. If you want to spend New Year’s in New York then you must go to Times Square. There are some things to consider if you plan to watch the ball drop on Times Square! Space is first come, first serve and there are no public restrooms available. It will be very cold! Take a nice warm jacket with you!

6. Yoga in Prospect Park

The city that never sleeps can take a toll on you with so much going on. A good way to escape the wildness and get some peace is to go to FREE yoga in the park. Yoga helps you stay flexible and strong without adding stress to your joints. Every Thursday at 7 PM from June to August on Long Meadow in Prospect Park is free yoga. They do require you sign a waiver before participation. You can also arrive early and enjoy the park!

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7.Beaches

If you visit New York City in the summer then exploring the beaches should be on your list of things to do. New York parks had about 14 miles of beaches to visit including Rockaway, Brighton and Coney Island. These beaches are FREE to visit and they have lifeguards on duty from 10 AM to 6 PM. Be sure to pack all of your beach essentials!

8.Movie Night

After being at the beach all day, the next thing on your list of things to do should be going to one of the parks for FREE movie night. A few places that hold movie night is Coney Island, Bryant Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hotel Hugo, Pier 63 and Prospect Park. I recommend checking each places website to view the list of events to see their movie show times. Take a blanket and enjoy your movie!


9. Free Concerts

Between May and October of every year most of the parks offer FREE live music. The music varies at each park and many artists new and old will play. In 2019, Central and Prospect Park both received new sound systems! HERE you can find the list of events at Central Park. HERE you can find the list of events at Prospect Park.

10.City Bridges

New York Cities bridges give you one of the best views of the city! Brooklyn Bridge is a good one to start with as it is the most popular bridge. It is a 1.1 mile stretch that you can walk, jog, or ride a bike on. I recommend going early at sunrise to get an awesome view and the bridge is less crowded at the time. Another great bridge is the Manhattan Bridge. It is a suspension bridge that has 7 lanes for cars, 4 for trains, a bike lane, and a pedestrian walkway. You can view the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and New York Harbor from the walking path. You can get some really good pictures from these bridges, so pack your camera!

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