My Top Free things to do & see in NYC

As it’s the weekend and Sundays is usually my day here for exploring around New York City… I have decided to share some of my favourite things to do & see here, wether you’ve just moved here or your travelling here for a holiday… 

New York is such a great city, but expensive, so saving as much money as possible is always great, especially when it can be put more towards coffee & brunch;)After being here nearly two and a half months (which feels like a few weeks), I have already seen so much, so hopefully this list might be of interest to some people*…

1.) Brooklyn Bridge – This was one of the first attractions that I went to after arriving in New York. The views that can be seen from Brooklyn Bridge (especially on a sunny day) are something else. It does get very busy at the weekends  so sometimes can be slower on the walk back over the bridge but it’s worth taking your time to take in the views, it’s such a lovely walk.

2.) Dumbo – (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) If going to the Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo is on the Brooklyn side of the bridge and if have time, it’s worth the visit on the same day… I’ve only just got to visit Dumbo last weekend but I loved it straight away! It’s such a nice peaceful area, away from the busy city and right by the waterfront.

3.) The Highline – Created from a disused rail line and now turned into a beautiful walk-way in Manhattan, which also goes through the Meatpacking District… it’s a lovely spot for having a picnic on a nice day and seeing amazing views of the city.

4.) Central Park – Since I’ve been in New York, I’ve already got to see Central Park in the sunshine and like a winter wonderland under a blanket of snow! It is so nice to get to any of the parks in the city, especially to just get to walk through and take in everything around you and even to see some grass and fresh air as it can’t be gotten that often in the city! There’s always food stands of some kind in the park and also three cafes/restaurants.

5.) Grand Central – I got to see it first, around Christmas time when all the decorations were still up, but even without them, it’s such a beautiful building. It’s not a bad looking station to arrive to off a train and it’s a good place to visit, perhaps, if it’s too cold to be outside to see any of the other attractions, grab a coffee and take in all the views from the steps inside the bustling Grand Central. 

6.) The MET – (Metropolitan Museum) Not everyday might have nice weather for being outside so days like those are made for museums like the MET… Even outside the museum is picture worthy, and inside is one of the biggest museums of the city, with endless hours/days of different areas to be seen (I still haven’t seen it all), and there is no fee for entrance just a donation fee of whatever you would like to pay…  -This picture is from the Fashion Costume Centre part of the museum.

7.) Getting Lost – No, I do not suggest to get lost! Haha (but it’s how I found out about more places around the city) , but by just wandering around New York, you get to see and stumble upon some of the best sites of the city, and I have honestly found people to be so helpful if you want to ask for directions or there’s also GoogleMaps;)

Hope this may help some of you exploring the city… I know there is much more to add and after more time I will add more again… 

I would love to hear of any other free things to do & see that you would suggest..?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Kel x

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