Insider tips in GlobetrotterGirls at Pepo - Sep 4 2017, 03.56.40 PM UTC
‼️New York Insider Tips‼️

You’ve still got nearly three weeks of summer left – make the most of it!!

People always tell me how expensive New York City is, but I think most people don't realize how many free things there are to do in the summer in NYC
Basically, all my favorite things to do in the summer don't cost anything. Here are 20 examples for free summer activities in NYC:

1. Free outdoor movies. Every night, there's an outdoor movie somewhere in the city - including some really scenic spots like Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Hudson River Piers and Central Park.
2. Go to the beach. You can take the A train straight to the Rockaways! Or the D, F, N and Q to Coney Island. It’s free with a weekly metro card, or $2.75 per ride.
3. Picnic in the park – pick up some food in the supermarket and head to a park for a picnic. My favorites include: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, Prospect Park (near the lake!)
4. Listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra for free – they play an open air in each borough for free on one night in June
5. Listen to the Metropolitan Opera for free – they play an open air in each borough for free on one night in June
6. Take a free sunset cruise – Yes, you can see a gorgeous NYC sunset for free when you take the Staten Island Ferry just before sunset starts.
7. Tan yourself in Bryant Park – great spot to tan yourself and soak up NYC at the same time in this iconic Manhattan Park
8. Take a bath in the fountain in Washington Square Park
9. Stroll through a street fair – there are street fairs and flea markets all over the city every weekend in the summer
10. Free kayaking! There’s free kayaking along the East River and on the Hudson River. My favorite spot is Brooklyn Bridge Park – just look up on what days free kayaking is offered
11. Relax on the Highline – this elevated-trainline-turned-city-park even has sun loungers! Bring a book.
12. Visit an island: You can visit Governors Island for $2 (ferry ride from Pier 6 in Brooklyn) or Roosevelt Island (free with your subway card) for some relaxing time. Governors Island even has hammocks!
13. Watch the sunset by the river. The best spots: Clinton Cove / Pier 96, Riverside Park (near the Boat Basin Café), Pier 62 and the Battery Park City Esplanade (all along the Hudson River). Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pebble Beach, East River State Park, Transmitter Park (all in Brooklyn on the East River)
14. A summer night stroll – nothing like a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge or along Broadway on a warm summer night!
15. Take a free street art tour in Bushwick – Free Tours on Foot offer free tours all over the city, but the street art tours are the best.
16. Sun lounging in Gantry Plaza State Park: Marvel at the historic gantries in this park right on the East River and make yourself comfortable on one of the many sun loungers
17. Enjoy the flowers in the Botanical Gardens – admission is free all day on Tuesdays and before noon on Saturdays!
18. BBQ with a view: there are free BBQ grills in Brooklyn Bridge Park – just bring your own supplies!
19. Head to a food market – Smorgasburg is on Saturdays in Williamsburg and on Sundays in Prospect Park. So much good food and ice cream galore!
20. Free Friday night fireworks: Head to Coney Island for a beach afternoon, a stroll along the promenade and free fireworks on Friday nights!
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