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

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

10 Amazing Outdoor Hotel Pools for Summertime Swims. McCarren Pool & Hotel-Brooklyn, New York

10 Amazing Outdoor Hotel Pools for Summertime Swims. McCarren Pool & Hotel-Brooklyn, New York

Travelettes » 10 Things to do in New York City for Free - I'll admit that even I didn't know about #4, but most of these things are summer specific which is why I always tell people that summer has the most free stuff going on.

Travelettes » 10 Things to do in New York City for Free - I'll admit that even I didn't know about #4, but most of these things are summer specific which is why I always tell people that summer has the most free stuff going on.

A couple waits for the subway at a New York City station after some early morning surfing at Far Rockaway Beach.

A couple waits for the subway at a New York City station after some early morning surfing at Far Rockaway Beach.

Take a Free Boat Ride on the Hudson at the North River Historic Ship Festival in Tribeca - North River Historic Ship Festival | Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids

Take a Free Boat Ride on the Hudson at the North River Historic Ship Festival in Tribeca - North River Historic Ship Festival | Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids

5 hidden parks around NYC via @PureWow.  I used to love eating lunch at this park on East 51st street :)

5 hidden parks around NYC via @PureWow. I used to love eating lunch at this park on East 51st street :)

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