There is famously far too much for one person to see or do on a city break in New York! However, it’s always great to know that you can experience some incredible sights and activities in the city that never sleeps even after you’ve spent all your holiday dollars.
Holiday Gems have put together this list of some of the best freebies for when you’re watching your spending in the big apple.
This first one is pretty much a no-brainer. The sprawling square 3.41km of green is a stark contrast to the rest of the urban jungle. It’s a really exciting place to explore, and with events being held throughout the year – including free concerts on its “Summerstage”, guided tours and film festivals, there is no shortage of things to do there.
With an astonishing collection of works from artists with a diverse array of backgrounds, The Bronx Museum of the Arts is based in one of the most culturally exciting areas of the city. The museum’s exhibitions change regularly and its programme often includes family friendly elements.
Put on your best walking shoes, pack some sandwiches, get hold of a good map and set off. New York boasts some of the most recognisable sights in the world, having provided a backdrop for some of the most famous movies and TV shows in history. From the Chrysler and Empire State buildings Times Square to the Brooklyn Bridge and, if you head over to Manhattan Island, Lady Liberty herself, you can spend a whole day – maybe two – on a highly fulfilling quest to spot as many famous pieces of architecture as possible!
Shake off any pre-conceived ideas of New York as a hulking concrete mass and get yourself down to the greenery of the Hudson to witness urban nature at its finest.
Numerous walking, biking and themed tours are available throughout the city on a free or pay-what-you-wish basis. Join a group of like-minded people and follow an expert guide as they welcome you to all the hidden gems in New York.
Movies such as Grease have helped to romanticize the very American tradition of outdoor movie screenings, and they’re just as fantastic in real life! Various parks in New York show movies at all times of day throughout the year, so be sure to check what’s on.
Free Comedy Nights
The ever popular UCB Theatre has helped to launch many careers – Amy Poehler’s, for example! While you’ll need to pay to see some of the bigger names, there are regular free events featuring up-and-coming acts that are not to be missed.
Brooklyn Brewery Tours
The famous Brooklyn Lager is naturally brewed in the heart of New York. Visit the brewery near McCarren Park for a free tour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
African Burial Ground
A sobering ad powerful experience is to be had by visiting the old African burial ground in Manhattan. For more than 100 years, both enslaved and free African men and women were buried here. A beautiful monument and visitor’s centre now stands on the spot to honour their memory.
Federal Hall Memorial Museum
A historical landmark, built on Wall Street on the very spot where George Washington first took the oath of office, the site has been home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. You can access the building for free and see the very bible upon which Washington placed his hand, as well as witnessing the many events and exhibits featured throughout the year.