The first thing that comes to mind when planning a trip to New York City is always “get out your checkbook”. A commn misconception is that visiting New York City as a tourist has to be expensive, but like all major cities this just isn’t true. Unsurprisingly, as expensive tourist activates arose in New York City so too did less expensive alternatives that are just as fun and are much more cost-effective. Here are ways to do New York City on a budget that are very fun.
Take a Free Tour
There are as many free tours happening in New York as there are paid ones. The Brooklyn Brewery has countless events happening all the time (including free tours). The company Free Tours by Foot offers free walking tours at no cost as they are led by licensed, freelance tour guides who know the city better than anyone (what better way to see New York?). If you want to see Central Park, the Central Park Conservancy hosts free tours that cover just about every area of the park. You were going to central park anyway, so why not join a free tour?
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Bronx Museum of the Arts
This museum has free admission, but that does not mean it is any less awesome than museums that charge an entrance fee. The Bronx Museum of the Arts features work from the 20th century created by American artists (but occasionally features Latin American, African and Asian artists). Paintings, sculptures, photographs and paper works are found here. Does this sound unexciting to you? We didn’t think so (assuming that you are an art lover).
Stargaze on the New York City High Line
From April through October on The Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York always set up high-powered telescopes for pedestrians to gaze through and see some awesome celestial sites. Who says romantic moments have to cost money?
Try a Times Square Hostel
It is generally accepted that to stay anywhere near downtown Manhattan you need to spend a lot of money. It is true that hotels in the downtown core cost more than ones further out (hence why many choose to stay in New Jersey when visiting Manhattan), but there are hostels located downtown that cost very little AND give guests the opportunity to stay downtown. Check out Times Square West Hostel for a great location!
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Written by Kent Austin