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)
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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