We live here, we work here, we love it here. We even feel a bit spoiled come springtime in FiDi, the water surrounds us on three sides, Bowling Green, the oldest park in all of the city blooms with tulips galore, it’s a marvelous time to sneak outside for extra coffee and sun breaks.
There are so many activities to enjoy, totally free, if you know the right place to be. We give you the insider’s track for an afternoon date delight or some downtime in downtown.
Ferry Rides – Staten Island Ferry, 4 South Street
Beyond a commuter’s daily means of transportation, the Staten Island Ferry is an attraction unto itself. The renovated terminal is meant to accommodate over 100,000 tourists and designed to feel like you are suspended over water. This 25 minute ride is free while enjoying steller views of the Manhattan skyline. Tip: bring your bicycles for the day as there are special bike entrances on the ferry.
Free Lower Manhattan Walking Tours
Righteously beginning at the statue of the charging bull, this famously free tour on foot hits downtown landmarks such as Federal Hall, Wall Street, the watering hole of George Washington, Fraunces Tavern and even Brooklyn Bridge. Food, bike and bus tours also offered, don’t forget to tip your trivia-savvy tour guide!
Bowling Green Greenmarket – Broadway at Battery Place
Fresh offering from local farmers, enjoy the season’s freshest fruit, naturally grown vegetables, beautiful seasonal plants, freshly baked bread, even homemade quiches and pot pies. Also free to the public: Cooking demos, seasonal celebrations, and family friendly activities. (Tues & Thurs, 8am-2pm)
Brookfield Place – 230 Vesey Street
The event calendar at the new Brookfield Place is ever-changing with a mix for all in arts and culture. This spring exicitng events like “America’s World Cup of Sailing takes place May 7th & 8th at the nearby Marina. May 8th Brookfield hosts the New York Guitar Festival for the rock star in all of us. Check regularly for cool, free events monthly.
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