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It’s a brand new year, bringing with it new challenges and discoveries. Therefore, for those who’ve started 2013 with a renewed energy for life and learning, there are a few special places in New York where their curiosity can unfold, with activities from craft to capoeira available absolutely FREE of charge!

The Hotel @Times SquareWhat’s more, The Hotel @ Times Square in Midtown Manhattan provides the perfect base for thrifty travellers with a thirst for knowledge, as rates start from just £39 per person and include FREE amenities such as wi-fi, breakfast and national phone calls. 

New York’s busiest borough, Manhattan is a hive of activity throughout the year, with many weird and wonderful learning experiences to be had for absolutely nothing in return. The New York Public Library offers free homemade craft afternoons, while literary types will love Gotham Writers’ Workshop – as the leading private creative writing school in New York, it frequently offers free one-hour workshops in partnership with local booksellers. 

Those wanting to learn outside during the summer months (from May to September) should visit the Socrates Sculpture Park for free yoga, Pilates, martial arts and even scarecrow sculpting classes. This inspiring park, which was built by artists on a disused dumpsite back in the eighties, also offers a free outdoor cinema, specialising in art-house and independent films. Another hotspot offering free, innovative activities is Central Park, where it is possible to learn skills including pétanque, self defence and bee-keeping. 

For visitors of all ages, wanting to learn more than they ever would in a classroom and make the most of Manhattan’s natural spaces, Urban Park Rangers can be found at ranger stations in all parks. These friendly folk facilitate free hikes, canoe outings, fishing trips, bird tours, and workshops to enhance outdoor skills and uncover the natural marvels of New York’s urban ecosystem. 

Located on West 46th Street, within strolling distance of The New York Public Library and Central Park, The Hotel @ Times Square also provides guests with a host of FREE amenities, including free continental breakfast, free wi-fi and national phone calls, a free fitness suite open 24 hours a day and free stays for children aged 12 and under. 

Rates in 2013 start from US$124.99 per room, per night (£39 per person per night). To book, call freephone 0808 178 6363 or visit

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