Things to Do in Brooklyn, New York for Free

Who says you can't do New York on a budget? While you'll definitely need a little spending money while you're in the Big Apple, finding low-cost or totally free activities can really stretch your funds and allow you to go home without sky-high credit-card bills. Of all the Burroughs, Brooklyn is the most wallet-friendly of the bunch. To make sure you don't come home thinking you visited Broke-lyn, check out this great list of things to do in Brooklyn New York for free.


Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Tuesday

Although the regular admission is $8 for adults, everyone gets in free on Tuesdays and most Saturday mornings. Stroll through the gardens, stop and smell the flowers, and just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This attraction is a welcome change of pace from the more hectic areas of Brooklyn.

Gaze at the Statue of Liberty From the Brooklyn Bridge

Walk along the Promenade to get the best view of Lady Liberty that Brooklyn has to offer. After you're done, stop by the Pierrepont Playground to climb on the monkey-bars and swing as high as you can go. Both your kids and your inner-child will be glad you made this stop! Best of all, this is a completely free way to have a great time.

Hit a Free Street Fair

If you time your visit right, you can add one of the great street fairs that this area is famous for to your list of things to do in Brooklyn New York for free. It doesn't cost a thing to attend, and you'll have the chance to see street performers, local bands and much more. If it's a block party, you might get some great homemade food for free, too. Otherwise, pack a few drinks and snacks or plan on spending a few bucks for some of the best street food in the world. Two favorites are the Association of Jazz Festival held in July and the Manhattan Youth held in August.

Visit the New York Transit Museum

For most New Yorkers, the transit system is an integral part of their daily routine. Chances are, you'll even catch a bus or take the subway if you're doing the town on a budget. Stop by this museum to get a closer look at the history of this New York institution and take part in one of the interactive exhibits. Located in Brooklyn Heights , the New York Transit Museum is housed in a historic subway station.

Get to Know the Locals

When you visit Brooklyn, the best place to stay is a vacation rental home. These houses are located in real neighborhoods where you can get a good taste of the local flavor. It won't cost anything extra if you just hang out and get to know the neighbors. If you try hard enough, you might even be able to pick up that distinctive Brooklyn accent as an extra-special souvenir.


Have a Ball at a Local Rec Center

Although the adults will have to pay a small admission fee, everyone under 18 gets in for free! These city-sponsored hot spots are filled with opportunities to meet a few new friends while you enjoy some great activities. Many of these centers have a pool, basketball courts, game rooms, and a variety of classes. You'll enjoy these things to do in Brooklyn New York for free so much that you'll be asking your local government body to open one for you!

Now that you know how to do Brooklyn for next to nothing, what are you waiting for?
 

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