10 Free Or Cheap Things To Do In NYC This Summer

New York is one of the best cities in the world, but also one of the most expensive – especially when just starting your career.

Fear not 20somethings, we are here to shine some light on the multitude of free or cheap activities for you to check out in the city this summer


1. The Highline

Take a walk on the 1.45 mile elevated park in Manhattan. It starts on 14th street and stretches up to 34th street on the West side.

Tip: On Tuesday nights there are telescopes for star gazing available.


2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met is the largest art museum in the country and has something for everyone. There are exhibits of all different types, ranging from the arts of South Asia to galleries of Oceanic Art to the Costume Institute. While there is a “recommended admission” fee, it’s not mandatory, meaning you can pay $20, $1 or nothing.

Tip: The new rooftop bar just opened up, which is definitely worth checking out too.


3. South Street Seaport

Hurricane Sandy took a serious toll on the seaport. After years of renovations, the seaport is fully up and running again – and even better than before. Although Pier 17 is being rebuilt, it shouldn’t detract from the experience.

Tip: In addition to being an awesome, historic area to explore, there are constant events going on at the seaport, especially in the summer. Seaport Studios recently launched, which is an art studio and retail space that switches out designers periodically. There are also tastings, free yoga, music, events and more.


4. 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 memorial pools are a tribute to the attacks that changed this city, country, and world. These pools are in the exact spot where the Twin Towers once stood and contain the names of those who lost their lives in the attacks.

Although the 9/11 Museum and recently opened World Trade Center Observatory aren’t free, they are still a reasonable enough price to definitely consider checking out


5. Kayak On The Hudson

If you want a new way to see New York, consider the awesome experience of exploring Hudson River by kayak. There are both free and very cheap rental options in Tribeca, Clinton, Greenwich Village, The Theatre District or Chelsea for 20-30 minute rides.


6. Brooklyn Bridge Park

There are endless things to do over in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. There is free yoga (sunset and sunrise), Pilates, movies, kayaking, volleyball , dancing, Zumba, and total body conditioning.

Tip: The view from here is one of the absolute best. The trip to the park is worth it for the skyline alone.


7. Skateparks

If you like to skateboard – or want to learn – you can check out the many skateparks around New York. Some of the best can be found in Lower East Side, Tribeca & Chelsea Piers.


8. Bark Fest 2015

A puppy party that lasts all day – need I say more? Head to Pier 50 in Williamsburg this Sunday, July 19th for a day of furry festivities. Theres also a beer garden and several food trucks for the human attendees.

Tip: Celebrity pups such as Marnie the dog will be in attendance! That tongue tho…




9. Staten Island Ferry

Craving to be on a boat but stuck in the concrete jungle? The ferry to Staten Island has sweeping views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. You may be tempted to head back to Manhattan after for now, but that’s all about to change in 2017 when new shopping outlets and the world’s largest ferris wheel open up there.


10. Water fight NYC

Just because we are technically “adults” doesn’t mean water fights are any less fun. Get out your super soaker from the 1990s and head to the Great Lawn of Central Park on July 25th at 2PM.

Tip: Don’t bring any water balloons! Park officials will take them from you.



Do you know of a fun, cheap/free NYC activity that wasn’t mentioned on the list? Comment below!