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Five More Free Things to Do in Manhattan

26-30: Kayaking, concerts and an abandoned railway await you

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The Highline

The Highline

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Take in a lunchtime concert by soon-to-be-world-class performers during the school year, or check out Central Park's Summerstage in the hotter months

Make your way over to Pier 86 to see the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. While you're at it, imagine what it's like to work on a boat as you board the Driftmaster. And if all that water makes you feel like getting wet, you can try your hand at kayaking at Pier 26 or Pier 64.

Check out the Highline railway, an abandoned elevated railroad track that runs down the west side of Manhattan and has been transformed into a park.

Essential Details

  • Julliard
    Julliard has free concerts almost daily during the school year at the Lincoln Center. Call 212-769-7406 or visit Juilliard's online calendar for more details.
  • Summerstage
    Summerstage has been going strong since 1986. It's located at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield right off the 5th Avenue and 72nd Street entrance to Central Park in New York City. Enter at 69th and 5th Avenue. Check website for schedule.
  • Pier 86
    Pier 86 is also home to the Intrepid Air/Sea/Space Museum which is free for active duty military. The Driftmaster is open for boarding at no charge.
  • The Downtown Boathouse
    The Downtown Boathouse offers free kayaking weekends and weekday evenings. The Boathouse is entirely volunteer-run and is funded exclusively by donations. They have over 40 kayaks and they would love for you to come try it out. Pier 26 is in TriBeCa halfway between Canal and Chambers streets. Pier 64 is in Chelsea at West 24th street.
  • The Highline
    Beginning around 34th Street near 10th Avenue (which used to be called Death Avenue until the Highline was built in 1934, thus removing train traffic from ground level), the railroad bed continues south for about 22 blocks (just over a mile). Friends of Highline have converted the former abandoned railway into a wonderful park, in the fashion of Paris' Promenade Plantee.

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