Today’s post is dedicated to tourists all around the world who are planning to visit New York City one day. The city of dreams is well known as an expensive city to live in, although there are some things you don’t need to pay anything for! Here are 5 of my favorite free things in NYC:
Yes, you can get free water everywhere. Restaurants, parks, NYC streets of all five boroughs. Wherever you are you can fill up your water bottle with cold and refreshing water. The deal with water drinking fountains is to help increase the number of people who have access to public drinking water on the go and reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles. Most of the very high-end restaurants have trained their staff to ask whether you would care for bottled, sparkling, or regular water+. That might confuse some people. Always say just regular water is fine – regular water is the free water 🙂
2) Coffee refills
In most NYC restaurants (including my favorite Starbucks!), especially dinners you’ll get coffee refill totally for free. If you don’t see a waitress running around collecting the orders, politely call her and ask for it 🙂
3) Public toilets
Oh yeah! Public toilets are free of charge. You won’t find an old lady sitting on the old wooden chair, charging people $2 for using a bathroom or even toilet paper lol Unfortunately it is a very common thing in Poland, yes! We in Poland still need to pay to use most of the ‘public’ restrooms 🙁 As you probably know, it is very polite to leave a tip if a bathroom is clean and tidy – of course if you wish!
4) Museums, Art Galleries, Botanic Gardens or Zoos
It is all for free. You can visit public museums totally for free otherwise you can pay what you wish. There are specific days each month and hours of free entrance. Also, another free attraction you should do while visiting the Big Apple is Staten Island Ferry. It’s a great thing to do on a hot, summer day. You can get amazing view of the Statue of Liberty and of course – New York City!
5) Free WIFI
Libraries, Restaurants, most of the public places you can get access to their WIFI for free. That’s a great thing, but also a bit hacky – everyone can access public WIFI and that’s why this is so often the easiest way to get a different kind of viruses on your cell phone, IPads etc. Remember connecting to someone’s WIFI, you give that person access to your personal data!
I hope today’s post helped you guys a bit. Have you ever visited NYC? If so, what is your experience? 🙂