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New York on the Cheap: Free Things to Do in NYC

Coney Island

New York City, while always fun, the city can sometimes be an expensive playground to play in if you’re not careful. However, there are plenty of free and inexpensive adventures waiting if you know where to look. Whether you’re a local looking for a budget-friendly outing or are trying to stretch your travel dollars, GO Airlink has an incredible list of free things to do in the Big Apple. And save time and money by using GO Airlink to travel to destinations all over NYC!

Times Square: No trip to NYC is really complete without heading to the heart of the city – Times Square. While stores and restaurants in Times Square can still be expensive, it doesn’t cost a thing to take in the iconic atmosphere. Enjoy the neon lights, the larger than life billboards, snap a selfie with a street performer, or simply get down to some world class people-watching. Also, Hershey’s World in Times Square routinely gives out free samples of chocolate!

Parks: Despite some beliefs, New York City is not all concrete and neon lights. You can retreat to any of New York’s lush parks for free. Central Park, known for its sprawling lawns and pathways, is the obvious choice and perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a picnic. But don’t overlook other gems like Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, or Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Each park offers its own unique charm and beauty.

Free Museum Days: For those on the lookout, you can experience a day at the museum for free. Some of NYC’s most renowned museums open their doors to the public for free on select days throughout the year. Lose yourself in the art collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire modern masterpieces at MoMA, or take a trip to the Guggenheim for a little architectural wonder. Additionally, the Bronx Museum of the Arts offers free admission all year-round, showcasing the vibrant creativity of local and international artists. Check for free days on museum websites then book a ride with GO Airlink.

Beaches and Boardwalks: During the spring and summer months, the beaches and boardwalks of NYC can really be a fun and inexpensive treat. Coney Island, of course, offers that nostalgic charm and lively atmosphere that the city is famous for. Dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean, ride the historic Cyclone roller coaster, or indulge in a Nathan’s Famous hot dog (There’s nothing like the atmosphere of the Nathan’s Famous hot dog contest!). For a quieter seaside retreat, venture out to Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk in Queens. Surfers go to Rockaway Beach for the killer waves, but you can also relax and enjoy a fun beach outing for the whole family.

From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, there’s no shortage of budget adventures and GO Airlink makes it easy to start your adventure today. Skip the hassle of figuring out crowded subways or hunting for parking spots, and let experienced drivers take you away to your desired destinations in comfort and style. Reserve shuttles, private SUVs, and sedans to locations all over NYC with GO Airlink.

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