New York City… the City that Never Sleeps gets a bad rep for being expensive but don’t fret there are plenty of free things to do for the budget friendly traveler.
42nd Street Splendor:
While taking the subway you might see several different 42nd Street Station stops. They are not the same! Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square are three popular stations and free attractions.
Bryant Park is a nice oasis smack dab in the middle of the Midtown madness. During the summer Bryant Park has free movie screenings, dance shows, Shakespeare plays and many other activities.
Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island is one of the lesser-known boroughs in New York City. It’s probably because it’s a bit of a hassle to get to there. You need to take a ferry, bus or drive over there. Did you know that the Staten Island Ferry is FREE! The best part of this boat ride is that you get an awesome FREE view of the Statue of Liberty.
NYC is known as a cultural hub. One of the best things about NYC’s diversity is that cultures at times blend together seamlessly. This is shown in the neighborhoods known as Little Italy and Chinatown. It’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. Little Italy and Chinatown are food havens with so many good eats and tasty snacks. If you happen to be in NYC in September there is the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy. The Lunar New Year Parade takes place in around the end of January or February in Chinatown.
Central Park is legendary and has a reputation of it’s own. At 843 acres this park has so much history and every time you visit it’s a brand new experience. Besides having a lovely picnic and people watching, you can bird watch or hunt for parts of the park that where used in movie and TV shows.
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
What is a trip to New York City without visiting and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge?
The Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn is very trendy and hip. It’s also a place to eat great food and a beginner photographer’s paradise. There are many beautiful murals. If you end up here on the right weekend you might even be able to see an artist in action.
Roosevelt Island is another NYC hidden gem that most New Yorkers might not even know exist themselves! You can either take the F train or a special Roosevelt Island tram. On one end of this island you can get a great view of the NYC skyline. In March/April you can sit under the Cherry Blossom trees.
Museums, Museums, Museums!
New York City is LOADED with museums! While museums like the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and the MOMA (Modern Museum of Art) get all the attention, NYC also has tons of hidden gems for example the Louis Armstrong House and Museum and the Museum of Moving Image. Some museums have days and times where they are free. For example the Brooklyn Museum has First Saturdays where it’s free the first Saturday of the month after 5pm. The MET used to be Pay-as-You-Wish but as of March 2018 the suggested price is now mandatory for non-New York residents. So be sure to check out the museum’s website to see what are the recommended or mandatory fees.
New York City has so many things to do it can be quite overwhelming, especially if you are on a budget. But have no fear it’s absolutely possible to explore NYC’s greatness without burning a hole in your wallet.
Author: Summer Salut (Do You Salut)