I absolutely love New York City, so much so that I feel like I could actually sing about it like Frank Sinatra did. (But I won’t sing, because: 1. I couldn’t carry a note to save my soul, and 2. I value your ears. You’re welcome.)
There’s something about the vibe of New York City that I feel no other city has. It’s just incredible and has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.
Since there is just so much to see and do this vibrant city, costs can quickly add up and don’t forget that hotels are already quite costly here. But don’t despair, there are still plenty of things that you can do on the cheap or even for free that are still pretty awesome so you can still take a bite out of the Big Apple, but not a big bite out of your wallet.
Here’s 5 things that are actually FREE to do and are definitely top notch things to do:
Kinda like the Eiffel Tower symbolizes being in Paris to me, Times Square is where I truly know that I’m in Manhattan. The energy here is fantastic with it’s lights and colors and bustling atmosphere it’s sure to not disappoint. There’s lots to see so be sure to take it all in and allow yourself lots of time to just wander around.
This park is one of my favorite things about New York City. Just for perspective, this park is an impressive 2.5 miles long, by .5 miles wide. This “Garden of Eden” (as I like to call it) in the heart of the city is just spectacular and a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This park is a great place to sit and people watch, stroll along the picturesque paths, take photos of the many bridges and fountains, take in a free concert or even a cultural event, or just enjoy the fresh air.
Walk Along the High Line
Enjoy a stroll on New York’s famous elevated park (built over a historic rail line) above the West Side of Manhattan for free. The “high” view along here gives a real bird’s eye view of the architecture of nearby buildings , many of which have areas that have been transformed by local artists into incredible murals. This walk is open everyday from 7am until 10pm.
Free Staten Island Ferry Ride
Sometimes the best view of a city is from the water. And this is no exception. The Staten Island Ferry is a free, 25-minute ride that takes in a fantastic view of the harbor and also the Statue of Liberty. This ferry won’t take you to “Lady Liberty” itself, but there are tours that will. Those aren’t free though. This is a great option to see the city from the water side of things and you can grab this ferry right at Battery Park.
It won’t cost you a cent to walk the span of the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn and yet there are million dollar views from this unique vantage point. The walk will only take you about 30 to 45 minutes depending on how often you stop to snap a photo or just stand to take in the cityscapes or simply people watch.
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So there you have it, five awesome things to do in the “city that never sleeps” that won’t cost you a thing. Save your money for something you’d really like to experience while in the city.