I am not gonna make it a secret that traveling can leave a hole in a wallet, so before heading to New York, I did my research how to do it budget friendly. I must admit that most “10 free things to do in New York” Youtube videos and travel guide lists did not have much effect on me at first. But when I actually was in the Big Apple, I found myself following the very same lists that felt boring at first. So if you would rather save some money, for shopping or a Broadway show or whatever else, here are some of my suggestions. Inspired from the very same lame youtube videos and lonely planet.
1. Needles to point that out, but good old Central Park should be on the top of the list. If you are anything like me, then you would be happy to find a green spot even when you are on a city vacation.
2. Continuing with green, the High Line is an enjoyable walk. I find it a brilliant idea to recycle an old railway to an urban park. And the park looks great even when there is not much green to find. We found some snow instead.
3. New York Public Library: Although there are not exactly piles of books everywhere to be seen, the library itself is like a small art museum. Definitely a pleasant get-away.
4. Grand Central Terminal: Imagine yourself being a main character in a movie, rushing to the train that takes you to your biggest adventure or you make a dramatic new beginning in your life. The station gives many options for day-dreaming.
5. Not exactly free, but for donations (and yes, it is actually acceptable to pay a lot less than recommended, don’t feel guilty if you pay a different amount), the Metropolitan Museum of Art is like a whole small world. It has something for everyone, so if you don’t like classical art so much (I’m also not the biggest fan), you can move straight to modern art or why not African art. To see everything that you would like you could easily spend the whole day there.
6. Good old Staten Island ferry. Because you can’t leave without seeing Lady Liberty, right? I must say that this lady isn’t such a big girl after all, but having a ride on a ferry is always fun.
7. The easiest thing to do: walk around. You can explore a lot by just walking. New York is a great place for long walks and it saves you some money on transportation, also some nerves as metros can be tough sometimes.