There’s so much to do in NYC regardless of the season, I’ve never been bored visiting the city with little money. Although transportation fees have increased, the city is walk-able, making it the ideal location for me to enjoy myself without breaking the bank. From museums, to street food vendors, the options are endless. Heading to NYC soon? here’s some inspiration for you to enjoy NYC on a budget while having the time of your life.
7 Ways to Enjoy New York City on a Budget:
1. People watching in Central Park, no matter the weather is FREE! It won’t cost you a thing. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket for some rest and relaxation in this beautiful city escape. Central Park East begins at 59th and 5th Ave. ending at 110th and 5th Ave. It’s the perfect location whether your taking a break from a day of shopping or enjoying the city for a weekend.
2. Head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Ave. for a walk through our past. The museum is includes wonderful exhibit pieces from Egypt, Native American artifacts and Chinese paintings. Planning ahead? Keep in mind if you purchase tickets in advance you will pay the museums suggested fee of $25/adults. In addition children under 12 are always FREE! If you pay at the museum the amount you pay is up to you. At times I’ve paid up to $5 or $10, depending on how long I plan to stay. Click on the link for more: http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection
3. Purchase a MetroCard for public transportation on NYC trains and buses at $2.75 per ride. Another option would be purchasing an unlimited 7-day MetroCard, this will cost you $15.50.
Click on the link for more information: http://web.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm
4. Enjoy some street food from the Halal Guys, where a plate of rice, salad and falafel will cost you as little as $7, perfect for any budget. Located just a few blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art the food truck can be found on W 53rd st. and 6th Ave. They’re the best in NYC, so there’s always a line.
5. Get a view of the New York City skyline by crossing over the Brooklyn Bridge on foot. There is no better symbol of NYC than the Brooklyn Bridge. You can even spot the Statue of Liberty in the distance as you cross over into Brooklyn. Most of all, remember to stay out of the bike path.
6. Take a walk along the New York City High Line located on the West Side of Manhattan. Because the High Line goes from Ganesvoort St. and Washington St. to W 34th St. and 11th Ave, your’re able to see spectacular views of city. Enjoy the city from above, by walking through this park in the sky, with opportunities to see beautiful gardens, and tracks of the historic freight line that once ran above the city until 1980. The NYC High Line offers visitors a chance to shop and eat above the city. In addition, you might even get a chance to see live performances.
7. Finally, take a 25 minute ride on the Staten Island Ferry. In addition to being FREE! The ride gives you amazing views of the city, giving you another reason to love this beautiful city as you head from Manhattan to Staten Island. Follow the link for daily schedules: http://www.siferry.com/schedules.html
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