Seeing New York can cost the earth – especially seeing the main sites. The Empire State will set you back $27, the Guggenheim for $22 and so on and on until you’re at the bottom of your overdraft. Again. However, there is a whole world of fun to be had in the city that never sleeps without even spending a dime – here are just three for free in NYC, things that give you a whole lotta fun for a whole lotta nothin’.
1. The High Line
Everyone I’ve spoken to about heading to New York has told me that The High Line is unmissable. An abandoned stretch of elevated railway line turned green open space in the sky that connects Chelsea’s Galleries to the Meatpacking district. It’s said to have great views of the Hudson river and is abundant with art installations and events.
2. Take a brewery tour
If you know me, you’ll know that I really love beer, so when it came to my attention that there are free brewery tours in Brooklyn, I had to get my research on. The whole NY area is positively bursting with independent micro breweries – more about that another day – but the Chelsea Brewing Company in Manhattan offers free tours with a complimentary beer sample. The Brooklyn Brewery also offers free tours on weekends – I think it’s time to get my beer on!
3. Public boathouse kayaing
Getting in a boat and paddling around on the water was never something I thought I would want to do in NYC, but there are plenty of boathouses around the city that offer kayaking for free for a limited time. The Downtown Boathouse on Pier 40 near Houston Street offers free walk up kayaking sessions on weekends and some week night evenings. Whodda thunk it?
There are many, many other free things to do in New York – I can’t wait to get exploring!