My first time visiting New York was absolutely unforgettable. It’s a place that’s too big to completely absorb, offering so many wonderful things to see and do you can’t quite possibly do it all in one trip. It’s a city you find yourself wanting to visit time and time again. One very important thing I learned while there was how costly it can be for visitors. It’s quite easy to completely blow your budget and overspend at every turn. Luckily for us, New York is bursting at the seams with insanely cheap and free things to do! Woohoo! Here are a few of my top picks for the very best cheap and free things to do in New York.
1/ Take a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room, offered every half-hour from 1-5pm on Saturday and 1-4pm on Sunday
6/ Explore The High Line, which runs from West 30th street down to the Meatpacking District, created out of a disused section of NYC Railroad it offers fantastic, unique views of the city and a great spot to sit and relax for a while
7/ The High Line runs from West 30th street down along the old line to Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. It runs through Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton through West Chelsea, and into the Meatpacking District (don’t worry, those neighborhoods aren’t as scary as they sound!).
8/ Get your hands on free hot dogs and cheap beers at NYC dive bar, Rudy’s Bar and Grill
10/ Take a tour of New York’s City Hall for absolutely free and see the Governor’s Room, visited by Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein
12/ You’ll find bookstores all across New York offering free readings, so stake out the event pages of Barnes & Noble or Housing Works Bookstore Cafe or check out the super cool KGB Bar in the East Village, a favourite of authors for many years
15/ It’s a no-brainer, but, be sure to visit Central Park and BYO picnic if you’re particularly broke (me!)
17/ Love the theater? Watch a free show, like Julius Ceasar or A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Shakespeare in the Park
18/ There are plenty of art galleries in Chelsea, just begging to be explored for absolutely free! Time it right and you might find yourself at an event or launch, sinking back free wine!
19/ Take advantage of cheap drinks at Dive Bar favourite Jimmy’s Corner, near Times Square
21/ It’s free to enter the Fashion Institute of Technology where you’ll find a museum with fantastic exhibits, like Black Fashion Designers and Paris Refashioned, they also have regular events worth scoping out
22/ Explore the Hispanic Society of America Museum in Washington Heights, for free, to discover an incredible collection of Spanish art
23/ Ride the Staten Island Ferry and take a totally free 30-minute (each way) trip with incredible views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhatten cityscape
25/ Discover the yet-to-be-discovered rising stars of the creative arts at The Juilliard School’s free student concerts
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26/ Take yourself on a DIY walking tour of Wall Street and explore the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, City Hall Park, Federal Hall National Memorial (where George Washington was sworn in) then onto Battery Park and the South Street Seaport.
27/ Spend a few lazy hours walking the Brooklyn Bridge
28/ Catch the free ferry to Governor’s Island, once there discover a world of fun activities, events and exhibitions as well as gorgeous views of the Manhatten skyline
29/ Enjoy live Jazz and cheap drinks at Fat Cat in the West Village
31/ Head to Full Circle Bar in Williamsburg for their famous $4 beer and hot dog combo while shooting skee ball
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Phoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.