Top 8: Free (or cheap) things to do in New York!

Some of the most popular New York City’s attractions can be a little pricy specially if yo are traveling on a budget. It’s not a secret that New York is one of the most expensive cities in the United States of America, but surprisingly there are plenty of things to do at a really low cost!

Let’s check them out!

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  1. Visit The American Folk Art Museum: This majestic place showcases the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through personal experience rather than formal artistic training, and the most important part is that you can visit it for free! Just make sure you make a reservation online before you arrive.

2. Enjoy some jazz at Barbès: This is a bar and performance space located in the South slope part of Brooklyn. You can get your tickets on a donation basis and enjoy some great jazz.

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3. Bronx Museum of Arts: Find the most impressive art exhibitions in this amazing museum, reserving your tickets for only $0.00 dollars.

4. Governors Island: The ferry to Governors Island is $3 round trip (free on Saturdays and Sundays before noon). This year, the Island is open for passive recreation activities like biking, birding, and picnicking. You must reserve tickets as well (remember we are still during a pandemic).

5. Reading Room at Bryant Park: With a storied history in the park, the Reading Room provides the use of books, newspapers, and magazines in the park during warm weather months.

6. Wander around the Chelsie Galleries: All galleries are free entry, with no pressure to buy. And try timing your visit for wine-and-cheese openings on Thursday evenings. Check Gallery Guide to find out more!

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7. Walk or ride a bike along the riverside park: Stretching from 72nd to 158th streets along the Hudson River, Riverside Park is widely regarded as Manhattan’s most spectacular waterfront park.

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8. Shakespeare Garden at sunset: filled with a dazzling display of the trees, plants, and flowers that William Shakespeare referenced in his poems of plays, hidden in Central Park.

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