New York City is known for many things – its status as the art, dining and shopping capital of the world, its sky-puncturing buildings, its wild nightlife, its feisty temper and its pulsating vibe. But never has the city been popular as a place where you could do anything for free. On the contrary, it often features as one of the most expensive cities in the world to live and to travel to.

To break the mould, and to show that it is possible to have free experiences at almost all places in the world if you know how to look, we present you top five things you can do in the New York City without shelling out even a single pound:


Kayaking on Hudson River

A great way to spend an afternoon in New York, Kayaking on Hudson is an experience that gives you time to slow down and breathe. Rowing through the bays of the river, with the backdrop of the city’s imposing skyscrapers, you’re sure to be transposed to a world of reverie. You can head to The Downtown Boathouse, Manhattan Community Boathouse or Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, and get a 20-minute free kayaking session on any day of the week between May and October. You can even go for a 3-hour long kayak trip on weekends.

Be a Part of Live Music Session

If you thought that live music concert is only for people who are ready to shell out big pounds, think again. If you are in Manhattan and are up for a night of good music and drinks, make your way to Rockwood Music Hall. Free concerts are organised here on most weekdays and weekends, and budding artists from the city play lively compositions from genres such as jazz, R&B, Hip Hop and more. If you don’t like surprises, you can check their website for weekly line-up of artists that are scheduled to play.

Take a Cargo Ferry to Statue of Liberty

Yes, we know that the tourist ferry to the Staten Island costs $12, but why so touristy, after all? Head to Lower Manhattan, and board a commuter cargo ferry which will take you to the same destination at absolutely no cost. As you move away from the city and its skyscrapers toward the famous statue, you heart does back flips in anticipation to see one of the most popular structures in the world. The total time it takes for you to reach the Statue of Liberty is 25 minutes.

Visit a Beach

In the city that is known for its tall buildings and fast-paced life, it is difficult to imagine that there’s a pristine beach somewhere in the city. Visit the Rockaway Beach near Queens or Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn, and you are sure to return peaceful and rejuvenated after some quiet beach time. Great Kills Park on Staten Island and Orchard Beach in the Bronx are some of the other beaches where white, powdery sands and gentle waves will greet you on any summer day.

Treat Your Taste Buds to Wine Tasting Sessions

It is very easy to find a free wine tasting session In New York where you can sip on exquisite wines, champagnes and rums. Some of the popular wine tasting sessions in the city are organised by Union Square Wines & Spirits in Lower Manhattan. Other leading wine tasting sessions in the city are organised by Big Nose, Full Body in Brooklyn, and 67 Wines & Spirits on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. At all of these sessions, you don’t have to pay unless you buy a bottle of something you really like.

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