New York is a huge city and has a lot of things to do and see for free. Many times we think it is hard to find something free in the Big Apple, we have in our imagination it is an expensive city where you have to take a lot of money to be able to have a great time, but that is not entirely true.
Yes, New York is not an economic city, that is true, but it is also true that the city offers you a wide range of free activities, which many times you don’t know because you lack a guide or something that tells you what these free attractions are.
So relax, if you want to save money in New York City but at the same time spend some incredible days in the city that never sleeps you just follow the guide below that we will share with you, then no more, we present you the 5 things to do for free in New York City.
Let’s get started!
Kayak and sail the Hudson River
Believe us this is one of the best things you can do in New York City. Kayaking and paddling down the Hudson River is incredible, enjoying the skyline of Manhattan, feeling the wind on your face and knowing that in those moments you don’t think about anything else but enjoying yourself.
Although it may not seem like a free activity, it is, and this is made possible by a nonprofit organization called Downtown Boathouse. They are volunteers who organize kayaking tours on the Hudson River, you can find them at Pier 40 and Pier 96, in Manhattan, Saturdays and Sundays between 9:00 and 18:00.
In summer they offer free classes during the week.
Take advantage of a free brewery tour
Sounds like a lie, but guys, it is not. You can actually enjoy a free tour of the Brooklyn brewery and learn all, absolutely everything about the fine art of brewing beer.
At the Brooklyn brewery on Saturdays and Sundays, they open their doors to visitors and give a free tour every hour between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The only thing you have to do to take advantage of the tour is to go in the hours we mentioned, go to the factory and there you will see that there are people who will give you the tour. The factory is located at 11th Street and Wythe Avenue.
Well, in fact this is not the only brewery that offers these free tours, if you are in Manhattan you can go to the Chelsea brewery, located at Pier 59, there you can also take a free tour and learn how beer is brewed. The tours of this factory are on Saturdays and take place every hour between 14 and 18 hours.
Board the Staten Island Ferry
This ferry is a wonder! The Staten Island ferry connects Battery Park to Staten Island and is undoubtedly one of the best ways to see the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline for free. This ferry trip will give you the option of having a great view of New York City, plus it is a very quiet trip that you will enjoy a lot.
The ferry leaves port approximately every half hour and the recommendation we make for you to see the Statue of Liberty is to try to take a position on the right side of the ferry, that is the best location to view the statue and take pictures comfortably. If you want to see the statue again, all you have to do is the opposite of what we have just told you.
A super recommendation is that if you can try to take the ferry in the late afternoon, at that time of day you can watch the sunset and see how the sun sets behind the skyscrapers.
Go to 9/11 Victims Memorial
Built on Ground Zero, the 9/11 memorial is the memorial to the people who died on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The monument was inaugurated on September 11, 2011 and is open to anyone who wants to visit this nostalgic place. In the monument you can see two fountains that are built exactly where the Twin Towers used to be and the almost 3,000 names of the people who died that tragic day.
Access to the monument is free of charge and the easiest way to get there is by metro. The 9/11 memorial is open daily from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Free Grand Central Tour
A perfect tour for architecture lovers. This tour will allow you to learn a lot about the history of Grand Central, visit the Whispering Gallery, a wonderful place where you can have a conversation with another person from column to column without anyone hearing anything, and also visit the original Lincoln Memorial statue. These are just some of the activities you can do on this tour.
The tour is organized by the Grand Central Association and takes place every Friday at 12:30 pm and begins at the sculpture courtyard located at 120 Park Avenue, just in front of Grand Central Station.
The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and all you have to do to enjoy it is to arrive at the time and place we mentioned. A super recommended tour, this tour is amazing and will not cost you a single dollar.