6 Fun Free Things To Do in NYC This Summer

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New York offers plenty of fun things to do and see which don’t cost a dime. Get the scoop on these and enjoy the end of the summer in the City without breaking the bank!

  • See free Concerts and Plays in various parks and venues with the annual festivities of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing-arts festival.

It's a beautiful night in Central Park! @la_femme_ressort is kicking off the show in style!!

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  • Watch an outdoor movie because cushy theater seats are overrated, so why not picnic and watch a film under the stars?


  • See Broadway hits for free! Every Thursday, the most popular musicals perform their biggest hits. Absolutely, the best way to get a glimpse of “Chicago,” “Wicked,” “Mathilda,” “Stomp,” and many, many more with Broadway in Bryant Park.


  • Admire the New York Harbor by kayaking with the volunteer organization, The Red Hook Boaters

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  • If you begin to wilt in the heat, why don’t you cool off in one of the city’s many free outdoor pools.


  • And finally, don’t miss the annual fun water fight on the Coney Island boardwalk. Pack your bathing suit, buckle and squirt gun and enjoy a full day of fun!
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In a city like New York with countless opportunities for fun and exciting things to do, it seems impossible to get bored. However, your budget can increase pretty quickly if you don’t pay close attention to your expenses. We hope our list has given you nice ideas. If we missed any great free activity, please make sure to share it in the comments!