Freebies we heart in NYC

Published June 6th, 2016

It may be one of the most exciting cities on earth, but NYC is also one of the most expensive.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these epic free experiences, past soaking up the sights in Times Square and strolling the pathways of Central Park, that will make your time in New York totally rewarding (and affordable).

Hit the High Line

There’s no better place to spend a sunny afternoon in Manhattan (for free!) than this super cool elevated park, which runs for almost 3.5 kilometres along an unused railway track.

A shining example of cool urban renewal, the High Line is the perfect place to take a walk and enjoy a picnic among the wildflowers, while taking in the city views.


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Go Star-Gazing

Get your nerd on and head down to the Lincoln Centre to join the NY Amateur Astronomer’s Association for some serious star and planet spotting.

Each Friday and Saturday night, the group sets up their telescopes by The Fountain for the general public to join in and try and spot faraway planets with them.

Smell the Roses at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Every Tuesday Brooklyn’s spectacular 21-hectare Botanical Gardens opens it’s door to the public for free.

Head down to check out the gorgeous Rose garden, and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, complete with cherry blossom trees.

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Try Kayaking

If you’re over walking around the streets of NYC, give your legs a rest and make your arms do some of the hard work for a while.

From May to October each year, you can head to the Downtown Boathouse for free kayaking
on the Hudson River, and check out the city views from the water.

Slide the Summer Streets

If you’re visiting New York at the right time in the summer, you will luck in at one of the city's most fun and very free events.

Held annually over three weekends in August, the ‘Summer Streets’ are set up on over 11 kilometres of closed of roads for loads of summer fun and activities, which usually involve a slip-n-slide and lots of water!


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Laugh Yourself Silly at the Improv Theatre

Make a beeline for the People’s Improv Theatre midweek to enjoy much hilarity and entertainment at the weekly Super Free Wednesday night.

If you’ve never watched improv theatre before you’re in for a treat, and the best part is Wednesdays are alway free admission.

See Art for Free in NYC

The first Saturday of every month, Target First Saturday takes place at Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Here’s your chance to see one of the city’s best museums for free. They even throw in a drink or two around happy hour, and put on special events and workshops for all to enjoy.

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.