NYC is known for not being easy on a budget. However, there are many free attractions in NYC. So if you’re visiting or even live in NYC and looking for ways to be thrifty (we all are trying to save extra money for our Starbucks addiction) and need a couple suggestions, here are some of the top free attractions in NYC for date nights or a fun adventure with friends.
The area where Brooklyn Brewery is located was once a bunch of old warehouses in a rough part of town. Brooklyn Brewery offers during the week brewery tours with a reservation that includes beer tastings. However, the weekend tours do not require a reservation and are first come first serve. This is great for those last minute plans. The weekend tours do not include a beer tasting (sadly!). You can, however, purchase beer tokens for $5 each or 5 for $20. Brooklyn Brewery has free brewery tours on:
Friday Night: 7 & 8 pm
Saturday: Free Tours on the half hour from 12:30-6pm
Sunday: Free tours on the half hour from 12:30-4pm
A positive note is that most parks tend to be free. Central Park is one of the most iconic parks with over 517 films that have been shot in over 17,000 different locations all over Central Park. Such films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and 27 Dresses were filmed there. Central Park is also filled with free events, especially in the Spring and Summer Months. During the summer they have a free concert series that feature national artists.
If you love fashion I would highly suggest the FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) Museum. The FIT Museum offers exhibits that are always changing and is devoted to the history as well as the art of fashion. All the fashion designs offer a rather detailed and interesting perspective on the progression of fashion. FIT Museum is also the first museum of fashion in the United States.
Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York harbor. It is only 800 yards from Manhattan which allows for easy access. Governors Island is free from May-September. The ferry to get to Governors Island is $2 round trip so the price is well worth it. Governors Island is also known as the car-free oasis. During the summer months, they have music and food festivals (those are not free and require a ticket of entry).
If you were really excited to see the Statue of Liberty but don’t want to pay $25 to get an up close and personal look, I highly suggest taking the Staten Island Ferry. It is free and sails right past the Statue of Liberty without the price tag and long lines to get in the statue.
Yes, NYC has its perks on being a large metropolis with refined tastes. However, that does not mean that you cannot enjoy the sites or have a cheap date night in store.