Going to school in New York provides you with endless fun and memories, but it can also leave you with an empty bank account. You want to do everything but sometimes that can be hard on a college budget. While New York may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, fear not because there’s surprisingly a lot of free things to do around SJU! That’s right I said free. Here are 10 things to do around SJU, which at most will cost you a MetroCard!
1. Explore Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (Queens, NY) is the second biggest park in New York City. This spot is great not just for sports, but also some free exploring. There’s plenty of fun waiting for you with boating, bike rides and trails.
2. Spend A Day At Queens Museum.
While at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park you can catch the latest exhibits at Queens Museum (Queens, NY). Admission is free for all students of New York colleges and universities as long as you bring your student ID! The 9,335-square-foot scale model of the five boroughs is a must see.
3. Find Your Zen At Socrates Sculpture Park.
When school has you stressed you’ll definitely want to visit this peaceful spot overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, NY) features a rotating collection of large-scale sculptures as well as weekly yoga classes for free! Free yoga with a view? Count us in.
4. Take A Stroll Along Gantry Plaza State Park.
There’s nothing quite like a New York view. Gantry Plaza State Park (Long Island City, NY) is a 12-acre stretch with amazing views of Manhattan and the East River. Come here to get in a run, play some basketball or just soak up the sun.
5. Study At The New York Public Library.
When you need to get some work done but want to be off campus, take your books to the 5th Avenue New York Public Library (New York, NY). You’ll easily get lost in the architecture and history of the building, and will be inspired to get your reading done.
6. Catch A Live Taping Of A TV Show.
You can be a part of the live audiences for some of your favorite shows for free. Oftentimes you can stand in line or register online for talk shows to get your ticket. Visit here to get all the information you need!
7. Relax On Governors Island.
Take the ferry for free to Governors Island (New York, NY) and spend the day relaxing. Bring a book, a blanket and some snacks and you can have the perfect stress free day while also catching some stunning views.
8. Go For A Tasting At The Brooklyn Brewery.
For those 21 and older you can head to the Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY) for a beer and a free tour of the brewery on weekends.
9. Kayak Along The Hudson.
When the weather gets warm you can’t beat some time on the water. The Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 (New York, NY) offers free kayaking on weekends and holidays. The perfect way to get outside and enjoy the city views.
10. Walk The Brooklyn Bridge.
Another outdoor must is taking in the sights along the Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn, NY). Whether you’re walking, jogging or biking you’ll get in some exercise and maybe even the perfect Insta.
What are your favorite free things to do around SJU? Comment below!
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MOIRA IS A 22-YEAR-OLD BALTIMORE NATIVE WHO IS CURRENTLY STUDYING PUBLIC RELATIONS AT ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK AND SOON TO BE GRADUATING. HER PASSIONS INCLUDE TRAVELING, FOOD, MUSIC, FASHION AND WRITING. SHE’S A POP CULTURE ENTHUSIAST AND SOCIAL MEDIA JUNKIE. YOU CAN FIND HER EXPLORING NEW YORK CITY IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT INSTAGRAM SHOT.