New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but it is not always the most affordable. If you’re planning a trip to New York and want to keep your expenses low, here are some suggestions for 10 inexpensive things to do in the city.
Central Park is number one
The majority of parks are free to enter, and aside from verdant grass and playgrounds, there isn’t much to do. Except when you’re in New York City, and you’re in Central Park.
The park is full of fantastic regions, stunning vistas, and a great environment for people watching, from the Belvedere Castle, which looks like a scene from The Princess Bride, to the heartbreaking John Lennon memorial.
Tip: If you’re visiting during the summer, don’t miss the park’s summer music series or Shakespeare in the Park—both feature amazing, world-renowned artists and are completely free!
Second is Flea Market in Brooklyn
On a Sunday, if you enjoy strolling through flea markets on the weekends, you must visit Brooklyn. Explore the thousands of treasures to locate something special for yourself, or simply “window shop” and enjoy a bite to eat.
Try the flea market at the East River State Park in Williamsburg. Bryant Park Movies in the Park
Bryant Park welcomes tourists with a range of events and activities depending on the season. In the winter, ice skating is available, and in the summer, the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival offers outdoor film screenings. Every Monday from mid-June through the end of August, a new film will be shown.
Tip: The lawn area opens at 5 p.m., so arrive early for a picnic before the movie begins at sundown (around 8-9pm).
Forth is A Show on Broadway
When in New York, you must see one of the famed Broadway productions, but because they can be very pricey, try your luck at a TKTS booth the day of the event, where tickets are sold at up to a 50% discount.
Tip: At Father Duffy Square, look for the TKTS station beneath the red bleacher stairs.
The Staten Island Ferry is number five
For free, take in the sights of Ellis Island, the Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty. The tour takes about 20-30 minutes and provides numerous photo opportunities.
Tip: The ferry runs every 15 minutes during the day and every hour after 11 p.m.
6. New York’s Times Square
Become one of the 39 million annual visitors to Times Square, the heart of the Big Apple.
Tip: Get a cup of coffee to go and sit on one of the red bleacher seats at Father Duffy Square to take in all of Times Square’s visual stimulation.
The High Line is number seven.
A public park built on top of an old freight rail line that runs through Manhattan’s West Side. It’s a particularly pleasant stop when the flowers are in bloom and you can simply stroll down the rails, taking in a piece of nature in the midst of the concrete jungle.
Visit around dusk to see a spectacular sunset.
SoHo is number eight.
SoHo is one of the oldest and most colourful neighbourhoods in Manhattan’s borough of Manhattan.
Tip: Take a stroll around the narrow alleyways, look at the local art, or go shopping. Tomorrow’s trends can be seen in SoHo.
Room 9: The Sky
New York City is synonymous with excess and serves as a breeding ground for all things opulent. Even those on a tight budget may enjoy the city of big spenders at the Sky Room rooftop bar. Take the elevator to the 34th floor and relax on the roof top terrace with a cocktail while taking in a bird’s eye view of Times Square and the Empire State Building in the distance.
New York Cheesecake, No. 10
When it comes to consuming any and every flavour of cheesecake known to man, there’s no place like New York.
Tip: Visit the Upper East Side bakery “Two Little Red Hens.” The slices are inexpensive and so large that you can share them with a friend while still getting your filling.