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From May through October, you can take a trip down the Hudson River on one of the Downtown Boathouse’s free kayaks on weekends and select days throughout the week. With all the instructions and safety equipment included, it’s easy to take advantage of this aquatic activity, held at Pier 26, just north of Battery Park City

Top 20 Free Things to Do in NYC

Your next trip to New York doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are the best free activities in the city.

Downtown Boathouse, you can rent a Kayak for free and explore the Hudson River. Kayaking is available mid-May until mid-October. The Kayaks can be launched from Pier 26, 96 and 72nd Street. JAZZS BDAY

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Top 20 Free Things to Do in NYC

DIVE INTO A PUBLIC POOL During the summer months, it’s easy to find a free place to swim. Stop by Astoria Park Pool in Queens for a lazy summer day at the city’s largest and oldest pool (dating back to 1936). Once you’re done swimming, you can stroll around Astoria Park along the East River. You can also try Hamilton Fish Pool in Manhattan, which features an Olympic-sized swimming area, McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn, which is more popular than ever following recent renovations, or the…

Top 20 Free Things to Do in NYC

EXPLORE THE BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN On Tuesdays, Saturdays (from 10 am to 12 pm), and additional select dates and times throughout the year, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free of charge for visitors wishing to explore the various gardens and exhibits. Located in Prospect Park, the Botanical Garden features the stunning Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Cherry Esplanade, Shakespeare Garden, and Cranford Rose Garden, among many others.