New York City is notorious for being an expensive place, not only to live but to visit. Between the high-end restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and tourist traps, it can be easy to drop a small fortune in one day. However, there a lot of free things to do in New York City, whether you’re a resident or just a visitor.
Here are some of my favorites:
1. Walk the Highline. It’s a park built on top of an old elevated rail line and aside from it being filled with beautiful landscaping and unique architecture, it’s a great place to hang out and people watch.
3. Visit the Museum. Did you know a lot of NYC museums offer pay what you wish prices and have free hours weekly? Plus, there’s a bunch that are always free.
4. Stop By the Library. There’s so much history at the Bryant Park Library, which was built on the site of the old Croton Reservoir.
5. Volunteer. There are so many opportunities to get involved. When you sign up at New York Cares, you can spend your time teaching kids new sports and games, helping people learning English with their conversational skills, or even walking dogs.
6. Find a Festival or Street Fairs. It seems like there’s always one going on! In addition to the many weekly GreenMarkets, there are record fairs, food festivals, and just about anything else you could imagine.
7. Swim at a Public Pool. When the weather gets hot, stay cool in one of New York City’s many free public pools.
9. Make friends at a Meet Up or Networking Event. Groups like MeetUp make it easy to find other humans who share your same passions and interests, while also making friends along the way.
10. Go Window Shopping. Between 5th Avenue and SOHO, you’ll never run out of places to window shop in the City. The best part? You don’t need to spend a dime.
11. See a Comedy Show. It’s free to laugh. There are always new shows popping up all over town.
12. Head Up to the Bronx Zoo. Wednesdays are free all day at the zoo.