NYC on a Budget


New York City is a popular destination for travelers across the world. With fancy restaurants, Broadway shows and opportunity galore, it can be an expensive trip, too. But don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to explore the Big Apple without completely emptying your wallet.

Statue of Liberty

A National Monument sitting on the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is an American symbol for freedom. You can take photos of the statue from a distance free of charge, using it as the perfect background, or you can climb some stairs to the top. Inside the crown of the statue, you’ll find the Liberty Island Museum and an observation deck. The crown sits atop a 162-step spiral staircase, but the view of the harbor is well worth it; you can even see parts of Brooklyn. However, you’ll want to reserve tickets to the statue in advance.

Central Park

Restaurants in New York City are often overpriced, as tourism causes their prices to skyrocket. To save some money, consider planning a picnic in Central Park. There is no charge to enter the park and there are so many things to see along the way. After you finish your meal, browse the grounds and explore the local conservatory, the Shakespeare garden, ponds and the Belvedere Castle.

National 9/11 Memorial and Museum

After the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, New York City came together to create the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial sits embedded in the ground in place of the World Trade Center. Etched into the sides of the memorial, you’ll find the names of every person who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and the 2001 attacks. Alongside the memorial is the 110,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the documentation of the Sept. 11 events. Visiting the memorial is free to the public. Tickets to the museum are $24 for adults; $18 for seniors, veterans and students; and $15 for children 17 years and younger.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge stands out as an iconic symbol in New York City. You can explore the bridge for free on foot, walking along the pedestrian walkway from Brooklyn to Manhattan, or vice versa. Whether you decide to walk the bridge during the day or in the evening, you’ll see a beautiful view of the city’s skyline and the East River. Walking across the bridge takes 30 minutes to one hour, depending on how many times you stop to take pictures. There are also free guided walking tours if you’d prefer to have a tour guide.

Street and Subway Performers

New York City is often populated with street and subway performers. Many musicians have gotten their starts in New York City subways; you just might hear the next Grammy-winning artist. As you make your way to your next destination, stop and listen to some of these talented performers along the way.

New York City has so many beautiful sights, museums and experiences to offer its visitors without breaking the bank. The next time you visit the Big Apple, consider some of these inexpensive ways to see the city.

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