New York City is widely regarded as one of the greatest cities in the world and while Christmas is usually the best time to visit the Big Apple, the summer months are also an exciting time in the city. NYC is also one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean you have the break your bank to visit. There are plenty of tourist attractions and can’t miss experiences you can have that are completely free. There are so many free activities you can do in the city this summer that range from special museum visits to outdoor concerts. Let’s take a look at some of the free things you can do in New York City this summer.
View Staten Island From The Staten Island Ferry
For those that want to have a proper tour of the Statue of Liberty, it will cost you about $30 or more. However, if you are price-conscious, you can put your wallet away and save money by taking the Staten Island Ferry. This commuter ferry is always free and travels between Manhattan and Staten Island. It leaves every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day. While it won’t stop at the Statue of Liberty, you will be able to have plenty of opportunities to take great photos of the iconic monument along with the New York Skyline seen in the distance.
Enjoy Some Drama At A Shakespeare in the Park Production
Shakespeare in the Park is the summer-long theater venture that occurs in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. You can get free tickets to this outdoor showcase, however, the best way to get tickets is through advanced planning and a little bit of luck. Users log onto the Public theater’s website and enter the virtual lottery the morning before each night’s performance, and then find out by noon whether they got tickets. You can also find limited tickets that are distributed at Central Park and other locations around the city.
Free Outdoor Concerts At Both Central and Prospect Parks
Summertime in New York City also includes free outdoor concerts. You can check out the Celebrate Brooklyn series which has free shows at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. This summer, people can look forward to featured acts such as Common, Los Lobos, Ricky Skaggs, and Gary Clark Jr. There is also the SummeStage series at Central Park which will feature the Rebirth Brass Band, Rapsody, and several other artists.
Watch An Exciting Hot-Dog Eating Contest
One great entertainment option for those in town for the Fourth of July is the Nathan’s Famous hot-dog eating contest hosted at Coney Island in Brooklyn. This is always a fun event for locals and visitors, and if you’re lucky, you might even witness history. Last year at the event, the men’s champion, Joey Chestnut broke his own record as he downed 72 hot dogs in just ten minutes.