Raise your hand if you want visit the Big Apple without spending too many Hamiltons.
Whilst the sticker shock of Broadway ticket prices may make visitors feel Frozen, there’s always something to do for free (or close to it) in NYC.
With this guide, you can reap big-city benefits without breaking the bank.
Monday: Clear your head on the High Line
Open daily from 7am to 11pm, the High Line is offers something for foggy travellers from all time zones. Eat, exercise, take in some art or just soak up the fresh air along the park’s paths. For those interested in the history of how a neglected elevated rail became an integrated public space championing art, design and nature, take a free docent-led tour.
Tuesday: Comedy- kill or die
The diversity-centred Brooklyn Comedy Collective hosts a free weekly open-mic session every Tuesday around 8. If you killed, stay to bask in the glory. And even if things didn’t go as planned onstage, stick around for the Schadenfreude.
Wednesday: Bronx-Zoo bound
Save some ducks with a visit to the Bronx Zoo, gratis every Wednesday from 10am to 11am. The wildly popular free tix must be booked in advance.
Thursday: Movie with a View
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is doing free, open-air movie nights every Thursday from 7 July-25 August. This year’s theme is ‘Around the World.’ Doors open at 6pm and the flick starts at sundown. Pre-feature teasers include DJs and shorts shot by local filmmakers. The usual snacks are on offer, also adult bevvies for over-21s.
Friday: Art as Lounge and Sound
Pre-game your NYC weekend from 6-10pm with free admission to the Rubin’s K2 Friday Nights for an evening of art, specialty cocktails and beats connected to the museum’s focus on Asia’s regions and cultures. Don’t forget to sign up for a sound bath for the whole simoleon!
Saturday: get your Museum on
Take advantage of the evening light for an epic architectural photo after taking in the wonders of the Guggenheim, free for visitors from 6-8pm on Saturdays. Fashion fans can take in the always-free Museum at FIT, where one can explore the couture of the 18th Century to today’s innovators.
Sunday: Hang out on the Hudson
Treat yourself to an easy day’s stroll or join in on free Summer on the Hudson activities offered by the Riverside Park Conservacy: Tai Chi, stargazing, drawing classes, concerts and more. Whilst enjoying the fun, keep an eye out for Skittles, Buckles, Chalupa, and Ms. Bo Peep, the gardener goats of Gotham.