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8 things to do for free in New York City

14 Jun 2018 - Barni Homden

Students of Pace University enjoy a great location, with the University’s main campus being located in the heart of Manhattan. From here, international students can experience American life, and get a taste of what it’s like to live in New York City.

But the city can also be expensive, especially for students. Thankfully, there are lots of amazing things to see and do for free in New York. Read on to find out some of the best ways to experience the Big Apple completely cost-free!

1. Free museum trips

Although most museums in New York require you to pay for tickets, they often have specific times of the week, often in the evening, when you can get in for free. There are also a handful of great museums that are completely free all the time, including the fantastic American Folk Art Museum.

2. Late night TV tapings

The USA has many famous late night talk shows, and several are filmed in New York! You can be in the audience for popular shows such as The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Last Week Tonight. Pace students are even eligible for free tickets to tapings of Inside the Actors Studio, which is filmed on the Pace campus.

3. Federal Reserve gold vault

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Ever wanted to see what thousands of tons of gold looks like? Take a free tour of the Federal Reserve gold vault and its accompanying museum. It’s a fascinating trip that will educate you about modern economics, as well as dazzle you with gold!

4. Chelsea art galleries

The Chelsea neighborhood is home to one of the most dense concentrations of art galleries in the world. This means you can see an incredible amount of contemporary art completely for free! If you’re an art student, or simply like to soak up a little culture, the Chelsea art galleries are unmissable.

5. Summer music festivals

When summer hits, there are lots of things to do for free in New York. Open air music festivals are an amazing way to celebrate the summer and see some exciting artists and exhibitions. You can head to Central Park SummerStage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors or the River to River Festival, all free of charge.

6. Staten Island Ferry

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New York’s Staten Island Ferry is an attraction in its own right. You can embark on a 25-minute journey across the water, from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island, and take in breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty. On weekday mornings, you can do the same with Governor’s Island, a unique and secluded spot in the heart of the city.

7. Hudson River kayaking

Between spring and fall, lovers of outdoor pursuits can do something a little less city-orientated: go kayaking on Manhattan’s western edge, along the Hudson River. It’s a wonderful, peaceful way to take in the local sights and sounds, but be careful – availability is on a first-come, first-served basis!

8. Public beaches

It’s a classic way to spend a sunny day… During the warm summer months, you can visit New York’s public beaches. They make for picturesque outings, despite being located in one of the world’s biggest cities. Rockaway Beach is a favorite spot for surfing and has some of the city’s best fish tacos. Meanwhile, Coney Island’s boardwalk connects the beach to several local attractions, including the New York Aquarium and the famous Coney Island Amusement Park.

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