Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some last-minute fun. They say the best things in life are free, and in NYC, that may just be true. Here’s what you can do if you simply can’t go to Central Park one more time.
#1 Take a Trip On the Staten Island Ferry
Enjoy an Instagram-worthy trip along the Hudson River, completely free of charge. Ferries leave every thirty minutes from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan and St. George Terminal in Staten Island. Just try to be considerate and wait until after rush hours when a lot of people are commuting to and from work.
#2 Go To the Bronx Zoo
As the world’s largest urban zoo, the Bronx Zoo has dozens of habitats with hundreds of animals to see, and best of all, general admission is free all day on Wednesdays. Just note that some specialty exhibits require different tickets that may not fall under general admission, so plan your trip beforehand.
#3 Take a Walk On the High Line
A repurposed railroad track, the High Line is an elevated tree-lined walkway that runs along Tenth Avenue from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. If the charming overgrown tracks don’t entice you, the breathtaking view of the city will.
#4 See a Fireworks Show in Coney Island
After a long day at the beach you may be tempted to pack up and go home, but good things come to those who wait. Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday of summer, Coney Island hosts a fireworks show at around 9:00. The fireworks are visible from anywhere on the beach, but the best view is on the Stillwell side (accessible via D, F, N,and Q trains).
#5 See a Movie in Bryant Park
On select nights during the summer, Bryant Park hosts movie screenings just off the main green space. Perfect for picnics and for revisiting old classics. You can check out a film schedule here .
#6 Take A Stroll Along the Brooklyn Bridge
Try not to pretend you’re in a classic movie as you take pictures of the gorgeous view and the iconic cables of the Brooklyn Bridge. Be sure to take a moment to read the plaque dedications along the walkway. To start on the Manhattan side, take the 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall or to start on the Brooklyn side take the A,C to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge.