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Best free things you can try in NYC this spring

8 things to do in the Big Apple that won't cost you a dime

New York City in spring
Everybody likes free things, especially when they can be found in the
expensive places such as New York City.

It is no secret that the Big Apple is among the most expensive places in the world. However, since New York is the city of opportunities, it shouldn't surprise you that you can find affordable entertainment literally on every corner. Whether you are visiting on a budget or just trying to pinch a few pennies while still living your best life, this list of the best free things you can try in NYC this spring will assist you in your endeavors.

Spend the day at the beach

If, after a long winter, you are eager to soak up some vitamin D, there is no better place to do that than the beach. Whether you are looking for a good picnic spot or a calm sanctuary away from the city noise, you can't go wrong with NYC beaches.

From the famous Coney Island in Brooklyn to the more secluded Fort Tilden Beach in Queens, you can find a patch of sand that will satisfy all your needs and wants. Swimming is not recommended as the water temperature is still not pleasant in spring, but you can always dip your toes in the ocean if you are in need of some serious refreshment.

Go to Central Park

A list of free things you can try in NYC would be incomplete, to say the least, without Central Park. The park is breathtaking any day of the year, but it's safe to say it shines brightest in spring. You can visit Central Park for a short recharging lunch session, or you can spend the entire day exploring every corner of it - whichever you choose, you surely won't be disappointed.

There are plenty of activities appropriate for all ages and areas of interest, and the good news is that a large number of them are free. If you can't seem to find anything entertaining to do, simple people-watching in the park might inspire you to pick up a new hobby.

People attending a free yoga class in Central Park
Central Park is enormous, so you are bound to find interesting activities
you can enjoy free of charge.

Visit the 9/11 memorial

For those interested in the recent history of the city, the 9/11 Memorial is a must. It consists of two waterfall pools that sit on the footprints of the former Twin Towers. The memorial is surrounded by swamp white oak trees, which make it the perfect place for contemplating and honoring an important part of NYC history in peace.

Take a free walking tour

New York is an incredibly complex city with an abundance of history hidden where you least expect it. If you want to learn more about the city, the best thing you can do is go on a tour. For those on a tight budget, NYC offers a variety of free walking tours. Not only are they entertaining, but they can help you if you are trying to find a new home in this amazing city, as well.

When trying to find the most renter-friendly neighborhood in NYC, experiencing the vibe firsthand through the tour can help you decide whether it is suitable for your lifestyle. And if you prefer to go solo, you can always opt for an audio tour - all you need are your headphones!

Explore the High Line

Those who live, or want to live, in NYC are well-aware that money doesn't grow on trees. Saving money in the Big Apple is of the utmost importance, and it requires some practice and experience. Because of that, many New Yorkers will tell you the High Line is one of the best free things you can try in NYC.

Do you want to get some exercise? Go for a morning jog on the High Line. Do you need a calm place in the middle of the city where you can eat lunch in peace? The High Line is the answer! This unique city oasis sits on a former New York Central Railroad spur, and it is a good choice for a variety of activities.

Additionally, this is the perfect place to enjoy NYC's tranquil side while bestmovers.nyc deal with finding the most professional and reliable movers for you - because you will undoubtedly want to make the High Line a part of your daily routine.

Experience Times Square

While most New Yorkers prefer to avoid Times Square because of how busy it is, it's undoubtedly one of the perfect spots where you can experience the pure energy of NYC. Although Manhattan is notorious for being extremely pricey, simply enjoying Times Square, walking around, and people watching (while remaining socially distant) is entirely free. Those who have experienced it say there is no other place in the world even remotely similar to it. And if you are interested in a spectacular yet free light show, make sure to visit Times Square at night - you might even need your sunglasses!

Times Square at night
It's one of the most famous and most expensive spots in the world,
but even at Times Square you can do things for free.

Ride the Staten Island Ferry

In a city as big as New York, a free form of public transportation sounds like an urban myth but, believe it or not, it is possible. The Staten Island Ferry will not only give you a free ride between Manhattan and Staten Island, but it will allow you to observe the Statue of Liberty from up close as well.

The ride is approximately 20 minutes long, and if you want to secure the best view from the ferry, it is recommended that you arrive around 15 minutes before the departure. Make sure to check the schedule and avoid the rush hour as this is when the ferry is most crowded due to many commuters going home from work.

Take pictures on the Brooklyn Bridge

Creative photo of the Brooklyn Bridge
Indulge your creative side and you will find even some of the obvious
and ordinary places interesting - and it's all free!

Taking selfies and pictures of the skyline is one of the best free things you can try in NYC this spring, and the best place to do so is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The view will ensure your walk across the bridge is unforgettable. Again, if you want to avoid crowds and secure the best Instagram pictures, make sure to go either in the morning or at night. Oh, and unless you want to pay the expensive vendors' prices, don't forget to bring some water as the bridge is approximately one mile long.

Photos used: by Unsplash

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