New York City is the “city that never sleeps,” which is thrilling on its own. While there are so many things to do and places to do at every time of day, many of them require a pretty good vacation budget. The expenses of seeing all the attractions, paying for the transportation and spending the night in NYC hotels all add up, but it’s all well worth seeing and doing at least once! The best way to do NYC is to sprinkle in a few of the inexpensive things to do that still give you the full NYC experience so that you can save your money for all the best NYC attractions like heading to the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock, eating in nice restaurants and shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
New York City is home to many world-famous attractions. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square draw tourists from every country fluent in any given language, but another of the famous NYC icons that draws the public on their journey to the Big Apple is the Brooklyn Bridge. 5,989 feet long and 30 years old, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn to Manhattan without having to hop on a boat atop the East River and makes for beautiful views of the two NYC boroughs and the water at any given time of day or night. The bridge is open to pedestrians, or for a speedier venture across, rent a bike for a few hours.
See a Broadway Show
Discounted Broadway Tickets are the best way to go about seeing one of NYC’s best selling shows on your trip. While there are TKT Booths that sell buy one, get one tickets for many shows, it’s important to be aware of scalpers or running the chance of your show selling out before you get to the front of the line. The best way to get your Broadway tickets for the show of your choosing at a time that works for you is by buying ahead of time online. You can usually even find tickets the day of the show if it’s a last minute decision, and can find great deals, without having to wait in line!
Ride the Ferry
Take the Staten Island Ferry for a free and fun form of transportation that runs 24 hours a day. It’s the only way to get over to Staten Island from Manhattan without a car, and provides beautiful, scenic views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and of the buildings and skyline of Lower Manhattan. This is one of the best cheap things to do in NYC for travelers of all ages. Kids love the boat ride just as much (if not more) as the adults who love the view, and since it’s free, everyone can afford to ride!
Head to Central Park
Visit Central Park for another free and iconic NYC attraction. The park is a top attraction at all times throughout the year, so no matter what the season is, you can surely have a great experience in Central Park. In the summer, don’t miss the chance to attend one of the free concerts that bands and musicians put on all season long. In the winter, there’s ice skating at Wollman Rink of Lasker Rink. If you’re here with the family, definitely head to the Central Park Zoo for a little while. Year round, Central Park is a destination for jogging, biking or strolling along the pathways, through the gardens and around the Lake. Definitely bring your camera not matter what you come to do.
Visit a Museum
New York City is home to world renowned museums and art collections, so heading to a museum is as educational and enriching as it is entertaining. Many of the museums are “pay as you wish” all the time like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Museum. The Guggenheim Museum allows you to pay what you wish for a few hours every Saturday. Even better, The Museum of Modern Art is free every Friday for a few hours. If you’re not visiting on one of the free museum days, there are still tons of NYC coupons that can get you access to one or several of the top attractions in New York City for less, to use at your convenience any time of the trip!
This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of NYCTourist.com.