New York City is one of the most exciting places to visit, there’s truly a reason why it universally tops most lists of best destinations to visit. However, NYC is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world, so traveling here isn’t always the most budget friendly. However, the city is full of gems that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, in fact, there are tons of awesome attractions that a completely free! Here are some of the most fun things to explore while you’re there.
The High Line
Located in Chelsea and close to Hudson Yards, The High Line is an amazing place. Transformed from the old iconic railway, the High Line is now an urban greenway that’s full of gorgeous flowers and lovely art installations. No matter which way you look, you’ll be treated to incredible views of the city all along the 1.45 mile walk, which ends at Gansevoort St. While you’re there, you can also stop by Chelsea Market for lunch.
No list of free activities in New York City would be complete without a mention of Central Park. This expansive park is one of the best attractions the city to offer, no matter what the season. In summer, you’ll see people sunbathing, in fall you can enjoy the gorgeous foliage, in winter you can enjoy the winter wonderland feel, and in spring you’ll enjoy the gorgeous flowers in bloom. Some highlights include Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, The Ramble, The Mall, Bow Bridge, and Gapstow Bridge.
Shakespeare In The Park
If you happen to be in the city in the summer, you can catch a free public theater performance by the famous Shakespeare in the Park crew. They’ve been a staple for 60 years and counting, and you can watch them performing at The Delacorte Theater. Check their schedule online to see if you can catch a show.
Washington Square Park
Another iconic NYC park, though significantly smaller than Central Park, is Washington Square Park. A lovely place to spend time during the spring and summer, sit by the fountain and enjoy some of the best people watching you’ll find anywhere in the city. There are a lot of free events that go on here, so check to see if anything is happening while you’re in town.
Part of the new World Trade Center Transportation hub, The Oculus is one of the most impressive mall-subway station combos you’ll find anywhere in the world. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, The Oculus is an architectural marvel. It is impressive from both the outside and inside, so make sure to get a good look. While you’re in the area, you can also visit the 9/11 memorial for free and pay tribute to the victims of the horrific tragedy.