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Free Things to do in New York!

Going to New York always leads to a great adventure. To the ill-prepared, it may end up being a very expensive one at that. There are some fabulous attractions that cost a pretty penny and if we’re being honest, they are often worth it, but if you are a poor, starving student or running a little low on family vacation funds, there are plenty of fun, FREE things to do throughout New York that will ensure a memorable and unique experience.

Staten Island Ferry

If you go to New York City and don’t see the Statue of Liberty at least sort of up close, there is something seriously wrong with you. It’s like an unwritten law that you must see it when visiting NYC. Luckily, there is a free solution that should not be passed up. The Staten Island Ferry is completely free, and it takes you right past the Statue of Liberty. Since 1905, the ferry has been a go-to form of transportation for people commuting between Staten Island and Manhattan. And if tourists hop on to check out the sites and enjoy the ride, so be it.

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Spend Christmas at the Vanderbilt Mansion

If you still don’t have any travel plans for the Christmas season this year, it’s not yet too late to come up with a place to go. Drive to New York City to visit the Vanderbilt Mansion while it is decked out for the holidays—the best time to see the National Historic Site located in Hyde Park, New York as it is dressed in all its glory to celebrate the Christmas spirit.

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