Africans Living Fully

By Fadila A Ahmad / 17 March 2020 /



New York City is LIKE A THRILLING MOVIE! We want to experience every action and not miss a moment. Though it can seem to be very expensive since the tickets and bills can easily add up when you want to experience all the touristic sites and indulge in all glitz and glamorous experiences. 

I was very pleasantly surprised to discover an array of free and affordable attractions and things to do and experience in New York City. In fact over ¾ of my favourite memories were created by being open to new discoveries and indulging in these cheap/affordable activities and experiences. 

So based on my personal experience, I have compiled a ton exhausting list of 22 free & low-cost attractions and experiences to indulge in New York City:

  1. Take a ferry to Staten Island : 


The Staten Island Ferry costs you absolutely nothing! The Island is the southernmost of New York City's 5 boroughs. It is connected to Lower Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry, which runs every 30 mins from the financial district in Manhattan across the New York Harbor; giving you a full close view of the Statue of Liberty. 


You can take the ferry in the day time and explore the island for hours; although it is recommended to take the ferry about half an hour before sunset, standing on the outside area at the back of the ferry for best views. The Staten Island houses a Zoo, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Sept 11 memorial, a Botanical Garden featuring flower beds, Greek revival buildings, Staten Island Children’s Museum and art galleries. For more ideas on what to do in Staten Island, refer to 15 things you can do in Staten Island as written on Trip advisor website. 

  1. On your way back around the Battery: 

Walk inside the park left of the Ferry terminal to see the East Coast memorial, Giovanni Da Verrazano, Salvation Army and Visit the Castle Clinton National Monument and while heading out to Bowling Green you will see the Netherland Memorial and walk into the 1st public garden in NYC. If you'd like to explore a little bit deeper into the history of the battery, click here 

  1. Stop by for a picture catching the horn or boobs of the Charging Bull at Bowling Green, on Broadway avenue

  1. If you are into finance, definitely head toward the financial district and make a stop on Wall Street

Take a photo by the brave girl facing the New York Stock Exchange and simply observe the heart of the worlds largest financial centre. In this article, you will discover 10 things to do and see around wall street 

  1. Experience Time Square by foot and see all Iconic buildings:


I am sure you have seen this place in the movies; so live your movie scene by experiencing its iconic wonders by foot. From a glimpse into the bustle of the city to people hailing a cab; in fact, you can attempt to do one and pose for a picture with the NYC Yellow cap. Take a walk to the Ripley Museum, across the street is the broadway theatre, you may even see Brad Pitt across the street or take a photo with his dummy at Madame Tussauds. Live a moment in the mystical theme of Harry Potter, steer at gigantic ads on the TVs, sight famous street art masterpieces and see the ee from the Empire state building 

Looking for more idea on what to, check out these  17 things to do in Time Square written by Vacation idea

  1. Watch free step dance performances across NYC:

Street dance and musical performance are everywhere from the subways to the financial district: the rhyme of music and dance comes alive in NYC. Just be careful you don't lose yourself in the moment and lose your purse. 

  1. Catch a free magical show in front of Ripley Believe or Not Museum 

  1. Visit the New York Public Library