New York City can be expensive to visit, so why not find free things to do when you’re balancing out your trip?
After a couple trips, we’ve been able to find a number of things that are worth putting on the list of things to do that won’t break the bank.
Staten Island Ferry
This is an easy one! Hop on the Staten Island Ferry to get the best views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. It’s a nice trip that will really put the beauty of the city into perspective.
Website: Staten Island Ferry
Visit Central Park
Located in the heart of the city, Central Park is known for being an escape of the hustle and bustle. Our favorite part is definitely the ability to find the filming locations of some of the most historic movies and tv shows!
The not-so-free part about the park is the food situation, but if you plan ahead – it should be okay.
There are two different ways to do the bridge – to Brooklyn and to Manhattan.
Both are acceptable and will provide something fun, but our suggestion after doing the adventure is to plan your afternoon around the destination. The other thing to remember is that the longer you wait to cross the bridge, the busier it will be.
Start Early and you’ll get the best photos!
New York Public Library
This is definitely a hidden gem in plain sight. Everyone knows that it’s there, but be aware of the limitations of the post-pandemic restrictions.
Most of the library is reserved for folks who are using it as a place of study – which means that you’ll be out of luck if you want to look at things that used to be available. This was a shock to us, but there’s still the “Treasures Gallery”, which includes the original Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends and the Gutenberg Bible.
Oh, and the store is amazing!