The Museum’s complimentary admission between 4 PM – 8 PM Wednesday and Thursday nights made Business Insider‘s list.
New York City is calling you — and you don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy it.
• New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but you don’t have to break the bank when you visit.
• Many tourist attractions, local hangouts, and not-to-be missed experiences are completely free.
• Free activities you can do in New York City this summer range from outdoor concerts to special museum visits to Shakespeare performances.
New York City isn’t cheap — in fact, it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world for travelers. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get by on a shoestring budget. There are plenty of activities you can do in the Big Apple that won’t cost you a dime this summer, from outdoor concerts and Shakespeare performances to trips to world-famous museums and peaceful botanical gardens.
Here are 22 of the best activities you can do in New York City this summer for free.
View the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry
A proper tour of the Statue of Liberty will cost you $30 or more, but the wallet-conscious traveler can save money by taking theStaten Island Ferry. The commuter ferry, which is always free, travels between Manhattan and Staten Island every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day. It won’t stop at the Statue of Liberty, but you’ll get plenty of photo opportunities of the iconic monument and the New York skyline in the distance.
Check out the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
The peaceful Brooklyn Botanical Garden is free during the summer on Friday mornings before noon.
Take a leisurely kayak ride
Several boathouses around New York City offer up kayaks for free public use in the summer, giving visitors a chance to see the city from spectacular vantage points. Two of the more popular locations are by Brooklyn Bridge Park and along the Hudson River in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.
Go to some of New York’s most famous museums on special free days
A number of museums that typically charge for admission offer periods of free admission or paywhat-you-wish admission on certain days. They include:
• The Museum of Modern Art — Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• The Guggenheim Museum — Saturdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
• The Whitney Museum of American Art — Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9:30
• Brooklyn Museum — First Saturday of each month from 5 p.m. to 11
• 9/11 Memorial Museum — Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Museum of Jewish Heritage — Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m.
to 8 p.m.