6 free summer activities in NYC

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New York City: Free Summer 2011 Activities

Okay, as we all know, New York City is the greatest city...ever.

Many of us who traveled to the concrete jungle, myself included, came for a brand new life, and the promise of hotdogs on every corner.



And, as many know, the city can be super expensive. Not everyone can pay $489 to go to a concert. Or $9 for a bottle of water at a Yankees game. However, there are other incredible things to do in the city, and they are FREE.

Check out below the best FREE things to do in New York City. That's right, they are all free.

Staten Island Ferry
Everyone loves a good Ferry ride. You can get an incredible view of Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. No need to reach for your wallet because the Ferry is 100% free. Just hop aboard and sail away. For schedules, check out their website: www.siferry.com.



The High Line
Okay, so yes. You can go to Central Park or Bryant Park for free as well; take in the beautiful man-made nature. OR, you can venture over to Chelsea and take in the beauty of The High Line. The former freight rail line is now an amazing public park in the West Village stretching all the way to 30th street. To learn more, visit their website: www.thehighline.org.



New York Botanical Garden
So this is a bit tricky, but definitely worth it. The New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, is a sight for the eyes. To get in for free, visit all day Wednesday or from 10 to 11 am each Saturday. Check out more about the garden: www.nybg.org. Be one with nature!



American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is your refuge during a hot New York City afternoon. Air conditioning is your friend, guys. The museum has tickets to sell, or you can offer up a donation. If you want to live on the edge and get in without donating or paying, it's possible. But we'd go with donating at least a dollar because you owe them at the very least for the AC, remember? To find out more about the museum or to check out their events, go to their website: http://www.amnh.org/.



Concert Series
Yes, you can see the biggest names in music for free! Both NBC's "TODAY" show and ABC's "Good Morning America," allow you the opportunity to wake up nice and early and check out some great musical guests. The "TODAY" show concert series takes place right at Rockefeller Center and "Good Morning America" takes up some of Central Park. With artists like Maroon 5, Lady Gaga and Jimmy Buffett, it is sure to be a great time.



Coney Island Boardwalk
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Coney Island for an amazing boardwalk experience! No need to drive to the Jersey shore when you could take a subway and enjoy everything the the boardwalk has to offer. There is delicious food, and the usual dance party on the boardwalk.



Yoga Classes
Whether it is Tai Chi, or Yoga, be sure to check out these free classes during the summer. You can release the stress along the Hudson River or take in the beauty that is Central Park. All you need to do is bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water and you are set!



These are just a few of many of the amazing things you could do in NYC this summer. Events pop up all the time, so be sure to be on the look out for the amazing opportunities this city has to offer!

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: The Staten Island Ferry is seen at the Whitehall Terminal from above on December 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: A man looks out towards Ellis Island from a ferry boat on October 1, 2014 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast experienced rain and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: The lower Manhattan skyline is seen from a ferry September 11, 2014 in New York City. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: People look at the lower Manhattan skyline from a ferry September 11, 2014 in New York City. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: One World Trade is seen from a ferry September 11, 2014 in New York City. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: The lower Manhattan skyline is seen from a ferry September 11, 2014 in New York City. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Passengers on a ferry boat to Ellis Island look out towards Manhattan on October 1, 2014 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast experienced rain and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Passengers ride on a ferry boat to Ellis Island in the rain on October 1, 2014 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast experienced rain and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Lower Manhattan is seen from a ferry boat on October 1, 2014 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast experienced rain and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Passengers ride on a ferry boat to Ellis Island in the rain on October 1, 2014 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast experienced rain and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Passengers ride on a ferry boat to Ellis Island while looking out towards Manhattan on October 1, 2014 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast experienced rain and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Passengers on a ferry boat to Ellis Island look out towards Manhattan on October 1, 2014 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast experienced rain and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, photo commuters disembark from a ferry at the 34th Street pier in Manhattan. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, photo a commuter ferry travels on the East river from Long Island City in the Queens borough of New York to the 34th Street Pier in Manhattan. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, photo the Manhattan skyline is visible in the background as commuters ride a ferry to the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, photo a commuter ferry travels to the pier in the Dumbo neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Passengers disembark a Staten Island Ferry, at the South Ferry Terminal, in New York, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The skyscrapers of Manhattan look almost close enough to touch from the waterfront of Brooklyn’s industrial Red Hook neighborhood. But a lack of public transportation options makes getting from one to the other difficult. Mayor Bill de Blasio looks to change that with a plan to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Passengers wait for a Staten Island Ferry in the St. George Ferry Terminal, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The skyscrapers of Manhattan look almost close enough to touch from the waterfront of Brooklyn’s industrial Red Hook neighborhood. But a lack of public transportation options makes getting from one to the other difficult. Mayor Bill de Blasio looks to change that with a plan to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Lower Manhattan appears behind a pair life preservers on a Staten Island Ferry, in New York Harbor, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The skyscrapers of Manhattan look almost close enough to touch from the waterfront of Brooklyn’s industrial Red Hook neighborhood. But a lack of public transportation options makes getting from one to the other difficult. Mayor Bill de Blasio looks to change that with a plan to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A Staten Island Ferry passes the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The skyscrapers of Manhattan look almost close enough to touch from the waterfront of Brooklyn’s industrial Red Hook neighborhood. But a lack of public transportation options makes getting from one to the other difficult. Mayor Bill de Blasio looks to change that with a plan to bring ferry service to some of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Miss Ellis Island ferry is escorted by state police boats as it heads toward Manhattan with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie aboard after he attended a Wreaths Across America ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, on Ellis Island, Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Snow covers a railing as a New York Waterway ferry pushes off the Newport dock following an overnight snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. A travel ban was in effect throughout the night but was lifted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, allowing for the opening of the bridges and tunnels connecting their two states. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Snow covers a railing as a New York Waterway ferry pushes off the Newport dock following an overnight snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. A travel ban was in effect throughout the night but was lifted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, allowing for the opening of the bridges and tunnels connecting their two states. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A boat ferries construction workers to and from the construction site of a new bridge to replace the 58-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge spanning the Hudson River, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, between Tarrytown and Nyack, N.Y. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama plans to speak by the bridge just north of New York City to press his case that a key federal government fund used to pay for the nation's roads, bridges and ports is running dry and that the economy would be damaged if it is not replenished. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
A person runs to catch the New York Waterway ferry on a walkway that was plowed following an overnight snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Passengers view Lower Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry, in New York's Upper Bay, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Giant removable floodwalls would be erected around lower Manhattan, and levees, gates and other defenses would be built elsewhere around the city under a nearly $20 billion plan proposed Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to protect New York from storms and the effects of global warming. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY October 2 : The Statue of Liberty is seen from the Staten Island Ferry as tourists try to take picture on 2 October 2013 in New York City. Tourists who go to New York City to visit Statue of Liberty faced with a sign announcing the closing of statue due to the government shutdown. Thus some of them tried to take a picture of Statue of Liberty on a free boat en route to Staten Island. Following the US governments shutdown national parks, monuments and museums closed to the public and many tourists in New York City were met with unexpected disappointment. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: A young girl looks out at the island of Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry on June 11, 2013 in New York City. In a highly anticipated speech, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has outlined a nearly $20 billion plan on Tuesday to help guard New York City from any future flood disasters. The proposal, which was given at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Sandy-damaged Duggal Greenhouse, calls for sand dunes, levees, flood walls, bulkheads, and a proposed 'Seaport City.' (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY October 2 : The Statue of Liberty is seen from the Staten Island Ferry on 2 October 2013 in New York City. Tourists who go to New York City to visit Statue of Liberty faced with a sign announcing the closing of statue due to the government shutdown. Thus some of them tried to take a picture of Statue of Liberty on a free boat en route to Staten Island. Following the US governments shutdown national parks, monuments and museums closed to the public and many tourists in New York City were met with unexpected disappointment. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: A ferry boat traverses the East River as it snows during the morning commute on January 28, 2013 in New York City. Following some of the coldest weather this winter, temperatures are expected to gradually warm during the week in New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Buildings on the Manhattan skyline are seen from the Staten Island Ferry onJune 11, 2013 in New York City. In a highly anticipated speech, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has outlined a nearly $20 billion plan on Tuesday to help guard New York City from any future flood disasters. The proposal, which was given at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Sandy-damaged Duggal Greenhouse, calls for sand dunes, levees, flood walls, bulkheads, and a proposed 'Seaport City.' (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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