5 things to do for free in New York

It’s one of the most famous and busy cities in the world, so a visit to New York can cost you some serious £££s. However, as with all major cities, there are plenty of things you can do completely free of charge. Here are our top picks for you all you cheap travel seekers.

High Line

It’s technically a public park, but it’s more of a tourist attraction than anything else, with its own opening hours and tourists with cameras itching to visit. The High Line project was created from an abandoned stretch of elevated railroad track and offers incredible views of the Hudson River, the bustling people below and a link between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Keep an eye out for public installations and events!

Brooklyn brewery tour

Beer fan? Of course, you are. If you find yourself in NYC on a weekend, head over to Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery for a free tour. They are held between 1-5pm on Saturdays and 1-4pm on Sundays, setting off every hour. Stop off for a beer in the Tasting Room and visit their rotating selection of food trucks and vendors to make an afternoon of it.

City Hall tour

It’s the oldest city hall in the USA that is still used for its original purpose and has been home to NYC’s government since 1812. During the tour, you’ll get a real slice of New York history by visiting the marble hall, the governor’s room and even the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s coffin lay in 1865. Be sure to reserve your spot on the free tour in advance – places fill up quickly!

Chelsea gallery hopping

Its free to go in, and there’s no pressure to buy, so why not check out some of the city’s finest art by spending an afternoon gallery hopping in Chelsea? Better still – time your visit for a Thursday evening to take advantage of the wine and cheese openings! Some of the best galleries to visit include the James Cohan Gallery, Greene Natfali Gallery and Galerie Lelong & Co.

New York Public Library

It’s a staple in NY-based films, and for a good reason. The city’s most famous library has marble lions at the entrance (named Patience and Fortitude), and the decadence continues inside. The Reading Room has room for 500 bookworms, innumerable books and public exhibits. You can even get a free tour of the building at 11 am and 2 pm Monday-Saturday.

If you liked this, do check out our 5 things to do for free in San Fransisco.

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