New York may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there are also plenty of things to see and places to visit for little or no cost. Here’s a roundup of the tricks and tips to help experience the city on the cheap.
Wander Through Central Park: Exploring the park on foot will cost you nothing, and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Check out the Conservatory Garden, lounge on the Great Lawn or people watch in Sheep Meadow.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry: Sure, it’s far from glamorous. But there’s no easier (or cheaper) way to get picturesque views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
Take Advantage of Free Days: Many of the best museums and attractions in the city offer free admission on certain days. The Museum of Modern Art opens its doors for free for limited hours on Fridays. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is free on Tuesdays, and the Bronx Zoo is open to the public at no cost on Wednesdays.
Bonus: While not entirely cost-free, certain museums do offer suggested admission prices, essentially allowing you to pay what you wish. You can find this option daily at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Guggenheim and the Frick Collection during select hours. This is a nice perk for students, and I definitely took advantage of this when I was a broke 20-something living in the city.