The South Street Seaport is a favorite downtown spot of Manhattanites and tourists alike. The recent renovations have made the area a little more expensive, with boutique stores and fancy restaurants, but it’s still entirely possible to have fun on a budget. We at Platinum Properties, a Manhattan real estate broker with offices just steps away from the seaport, have compiled a list of just a few things you can do that don’t cost a pretty penny—or anything at all!

Cannon’s Walk

Cannon's Walk | Seaport

This small, brick-walled courtyard is the best kept secret of the South Street Seaport. The public area was opened in 1983 to commemorate the history of the seaport and is frequently the host of free art installations such as the one pictured above by N’Cognita.
Ice Rink

Manhattan has many popular ice skating spots throughout the city, and the South Street Seaport is now one of them. Take your family and friends here for a night of fun in the winter season. Admission is only $10, and children under 5 skate for free.


East River Waterfront

Take a stroll or rent a bike and enjoy the views along the East River. It’s the perfect stretch to spend the day when the weather’s fine in the city. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.


Imagination Playground

The famed architect David Rockwell created this public playground with the intention of giving children the power to manipulate their environment and create their own play space. With giant foam blocks, wagons, fabric. crates, sand, water, and mats at their fingertips, what they can imagine is endless.


New York Water Taxi

If you have friends or family visiting the city, a ride on the New York Water Taxi is the best way for them to see the Manhattan skyline. It’s only $30 for an all-day access pass, and they offer great deals on packages with popular tourist attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial.


Street of Ships at Pier 16

The South Street Seaport Museum is home to six amazing historic ships, including the “floating lighthouse” that was the 1907 AMBROSE and the 1885 WAVERTREE, one of the largest wrought iron sailing ships.Kids are free on the open ships every weekend during the season.


Front/Row Cinema

South Street Seaport hosts a free outdoor movie series every summer, featuring fun, family-friendly films once a week. Lounge chairs are available on a first-come first-serve basis, and there are always plenty of food trucks around to grab some movie snacks.

Love the South Street Seaport and want to live nearby? Let one of our friendly and professional agents help you. No one knows the downtown market better than Platinum Properties.


Sheilamarie M Orfano