With its eight million residents and more than forty million annual tourists, New York City is one of the world's busiest cities. And while most people know that New York is not cheap, many are surprised to find out just how expensive things in the City can be. But there are also plenty of things for tourists to see and do in New York City that are completely free and as exciting as anything that costs money.

Great Things To Do For Free in New York City
Great Things To Do For Free in New York City

With its eight million residents and more than forty million annual tourists, New York City is one of the world's busiest cities. And while most people know that New York is not cheap, many are surprised to find out just how expensive things in the City can be. But there are also plenty of things for tourists to see and do in New York City that are completely free and as exciting as anything that costs money.

With hotel rooms costing as much as $400 per night or more, visitors to New York City often experience a certain degree of sticker shock when it comes to the price of things.

But as the saying goes, "knowledge is power" and tourists in New York who knows about the many free attractions and activities throughout the City can save a great deal of money and still have a great vacation experience in the Big Apple.

If you love live music and entertainment but can't afford to spend money to experience this, then you have made the best decision when you choose New York city as your travel destination. If you are visiting during the summer months, there are several free outdoor concerts that offer everything from classical music to jazz to independent rock.

The 172-acre Governor's Island is a former military base that was converted to a public park in 2003. There are bike and walking paths running throughout the Island and Picnic Point is a great place to have an afternoon lunch outdoors.

One of the most popular free attractions in New York City is the annual presentation of Shakespeare in the Park. Every summer, two different Shakespeare plays are presented to audiences free of charge. Tickets can be reserved online for the daily performances but try to reserve as early in the day as possible because they sell out fast.

New York City has a reputation for being a very expensive city but it doesn't have to be if you know where to find the many freebies it has to offer. This article should give you a good start but there are plenty of other opportunities for free activities and attractions during your visit to the city that never sleeps.


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