New York is an international business city and is home to many multinational companies. It is also famous for its magnificent skylines, historical sites, big shopping complexes, and restaurants serving delicious food.
Although NYC is an expensive city, it attracts millions of tourists from across the globe. And even if you are traveling to this cosmopolitan city on a budget, there are plenty of things that you can do without spending a penny.
Here are some of the free things to do in New York that will give you an amazing experience.
1) Visit the Brooklyn Brewery.
2) Go kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
3) Enjoy bird-watching at Central Park.
4) Tour the NYC Public Library.
5) Visit the Little Island and Floating Art Installation.
6) Sail in the Staten Island ferry.
7) Visit Alexander Hamilton’s Harlem Estate.
1) Visit the Brooklyn Brewery
Learn the art of brewing the perfect beer and taste some of the finest ones during a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery. You can visit this place anytime between 1 PM and 6 PM on Sundays. A visit to this brewery is one of the best things to do in NYC this weekend.
2) Go Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park
You can have fun by kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park as it is completely free. Get useful tips and instructions on the right ways of kayaking from the authorities at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. There is also a protected embayment set up for kayakers in the premises and enjoy kayaking here for about 20 minutes.
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3) Enjoy Bird-Watching at Central Park
Central Park is popular for bird watching and the ‘Central Park Conservancy’ has listed around 210 species of birds that visit this park every year. You can spot birds resting, feeding, or even drinking water here. If you are lucky, you can also spot a few other migratory birds that come along the Atlantic flyway.
By referring to Central Park’s Conservancy Birding Guide, you can find the best viewing points and some valuable tips that might be helpful for bird-watching. If you are a bird lover, bird watching is one of the best free things to do in NYC.
4) Tour the NYC Public Library
The public library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building in Manhattan has a rich past that highlights crucial moments in world history. During World War II, the library’s map division was extensively used for research by allied military intelligence. Tour this library for free for one hour.
5) Visit the Little Island, a Floating Art Installation
Little Island is a public park built on stilts that are set on the Hudson River. The concrete “tulips’’ resemble big golf trees supporting them. You will be amazed by how the artwork of the park is similar to that of the outdoor recreational places.
As you discover this island, you can find the artificial hills and curated gardens covering an area of nearly 2.4 acres. During the summer season, you can enjoy comedy, music, and a few theatrical performances that are organized here.
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6) Sail in the Staten Island Ferry
Visiting the Statue of Liberty on a Staten Island Ferry is one of the fun things to do in NYC. You can visit this beautiful spot for free without paying for the ticket. As the boat moves away from Battery Park, you can find numerous viewing points that offer amazing sights.
After reaching Staten Island, you can shop at the Empire Outlets, which is one of the famous shopping destinations in NYC. But of course, the shopping won’t be free!
7) Visit Alexander Hamilton’s Harlem Estate
At the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, you can visit the preserved historic home of Alexander Hamilton. He was a statesman, an American revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who drafted the US Constitution.
As the construction was completed in the year 1802, Hamilton could only live here for two years, before he was wounded by the then vice-president Aaron Burr.