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19 free things to do in NYC this summer

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As the most populated city in the United States with countless things to do once you’re here, there’s no wondering why New York City is the most visited destination in our network.

But with a trip to a great city like this, you may find yourself reaching for your pocket book a bit more than you would at home. Rather than fill up your days at venues with pricey admission fees, we found you 19 free things to do when you head to the Big Apple this summer!

 

1. Stargaze on The Highline. (Don’t worry if you can’t make this event, there are plenty of other free options to explore here too.)

2. Take in a film at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

3. Rock out to hits with Good Morning America in Central Park and the TODAY Show in Rockefeller Plaza.

4. Take a tour of the New York Public Library or read a newspaper in their periodical room.

5. Go on a free walking tour and get to know the city like the locals do. (The tours are free, but it is recommended to leave your tour guide whatever tip you feel is appropriate).

6. Provided you don’t have a weak stomach, you can watch the World-Famous Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating contest on July 4th.

7. Wander around Central Park– with so much to see and do here, you certainly won’t be bored.

8. Gaze at the city’s many landmarks. (Just a few include: the Flatiron building, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center memorial, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Chrysler Building.)

 

9. Take in great views of the skyline from the Staten Island Ferry.

10. Kayak in the Hudson. (Yes, there’s really a free program for this.)

11. Act out your favorite movie or television scene in Grand Central Station.

12. Peak through the gates at Gramercy Park and day dream about what you would do if you had a key.

13. Visit the African Burial Ground to learn the stories of free and enslaved slaves who contributed to the development of lower Manhattan in the 17th and 18th centuries.

14.Hop on the ferry to spend the day exploring Governor’s Island. (Admission is free for everyone, but the ferry does cost $2 for adults, and $1 for children and seniors.)

15. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge.

16. Bring a blanket and people watch in one of the city’s many parks.

17. Explore miles of city streets without traffic. On August 2, 9 and 16 Summer Streets will be shutting down seven miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park and filling them with free activities for the family.

18. Window shop on 5th Avenue or the Upper East Side.

19. Grab the kids and take advantage of museums offering free admission during select hours.

Now it’s over to you! What free things do you look for when visiting anew city?

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