For the next several weeks, I’m going to post a series of things to do and see on your visit to New York City that cost nothing AND are worth your time.

Because your time in the city is limited and valuable, I only want to recommend doing things, regardless of price, that I feel are worth it.

It’s well known that New York City is an expensive place to visit, so having meaningful experiences that cost nothing is a good way to keep your budget in check. The first experience that I want to highlight in this series is The Vessel at Hudson Yards. UPDATE: I am sad to report that the Vessel is currently closed to visitors as an interactive exhibit. Until further notice, visitors are no longer able to walk up the Vessel.

The Vessel is a gorgeous structure, an interactive piece of art that is meant to be climbed. It is the centerpiece of New York City’s largest and newest private development, Hudson Yards, located on the Hudson River in the Chelsea Neighborhood. It features 154 interconnecting staircases and 80 landings for views of the city and the river. Climb as high as you want, for as long as you want, and stop along the way for unique photo opportunities. Please note that visitors must be in pairs or groups. No solo travelers will be permitted, due to safety.

For information on how to get your tickets, visit the Hudson Yards website. I recommend securing advanced tickets prior to your visit although you can get same-day tickets if they are still available.

While you are in the area be sure to check out The Shops at Hudson Yards, the current art exhibit in The Shed, and walk The High Line down to Chelsea Market. And, there you go! Your whole day is planned around this free activity.


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