Budget-Friendly Things to Do in New York City

THE 10 BEST Cheap Things to Do in New York City

Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in New York City

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  • Geri1955
    Chichester, UK6 contributions
    So much to see. Well worth taking a guided carriage ride. We paid 150 dollars for an hours tour. The driver was so friendly and knowledgeable. He stopped quit a few times so we could take photos.
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,673 contributions
    We spent nearly three hours there and by the end it became a little bit overwhelming. It is extremely well done, meticulously recording, and reporting the sequence of events on that terrible morning. Photos, videos, phone messages and recordings and many artifacts from large parts of the destroyed buildings to vehicles and many smaller personal items. It’s haunting and at times confronting. A memorable exhibit.
    Written February 8, 2024
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  • JaneE
    Worcestershire, UK38 contributions
    Blown away by it and I’ve visited lots of famous museums.
    It’s huge, wish I’d had time in NY to visit twice as after 4hr in there I hit artefact and art overload.
    Really didn’t expect to be impressed with the European history parts as there’s so much of this to see in the uk, but it was great.
    Exhibits are very spaced out making it easy to walk around and also shows off artefacts brilliantly.
    Art galleries also amazing, just wished I’d given the Guggenheim a total miss and spent 2 days at the Met.
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • Steve
    London, UK962 contributions
    The best part of our walk was how quiet it was, this had something to do with the weather but it was great to walk when not overcrowded
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • Nick G
    3 contributions
    It's like entering a world where stories come to life. The buzz of excitement, the talented casts, and the iconic theaters make it an experience that lingers in your memory. Whether you're a theater buff or just looking for a magical night out, Broadway's got that perfect blend of charm and spectacle.
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • Bogotarocks
    London698 contributions
    Great views of the city - I actually prefer the views from TOTR than the empire state - although both should be done. It's a busy attraction - but very well organised.

    Make sure you book a specific time in advance.
    Written February 3, 2024
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  • Alex C
    Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany7 contributions
    Embarked on a delightful day out with friends to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, it was an absolute blast! We lucked out with fantastic weather, which set the perfect backdrop for some pictures.

    The highlight? Long strolls along the majestic Brooklyn Bridge, taking in breathtaking views of the cityscape and the East River. The atmosphere, coupled with the rhythmic pulse of the city, created a memorable experience.
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • Mark A
    Bulkington, UK39 contributions
    This will be one of those attractions that you can see and you know, but might not consider, like me, do you really need to visit. If you get the chance do.
    we really enjoyed the trip over and it was great to look back at New York from the ferry. Get there early to book on, and unlike us who were too late in the day to get advantage of Ellis Island, I would plan time to that.
    Great walk around and spending time viewing.
    Big shout out for the gift shop, the best that I saw in New York, as a retailer it was great to see a story behind the range, well put together and great displays. Some of the best value in gifts as well, and this was the only gift shop that we made a purchase from. Staff service was not great and I think if interaction had been stronger and they told the stories behind the designs and the merchandise conversion may have been stronger. Nice cafe and range.
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • Jennifer F
    82 contributions
    When visiting the city I aways try to stop at Grand Central Terminal. It is a must see architectural gem. The terminal is a testimony to building preservation. There are several restaurants and shops in the terminal.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Diane and Anthony
    Barry, UK6 contributions
    The views were amazing. Took so many photographs. Neck aches from constantly looking up. Beautiful by night and great landscape views from the Brooklyn Bridge
    Written January 11, 2024
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  • Dorcy Y
    Missoula, MT6 contributions
    We had both been to New York as kids, and now on our layover heading home, we decided to stay a couple of days here. Honey, let me tell you, the memories of Times Square, the lights, and the electrifying ambiance were just as fabulous as we remembered. We made a promise to come back when we have little ones and help them create their own memories of this iconic place. Can you imagine the look on their faces? Priceless, I tell ya!
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • peter a
    6 contributions
    A great and cheap way to see Statue of Liberty. Efficient service. I do think that the company should do more to keep the tourist boat scammers out off the building and off the Island ferry property. They will tell you that since covid the ferry does not pass by the Statue of Liberty, that when the ferry gets to statton island there is a 1 hr turn around. And they want you on there boats. The scammers boats leave from the mid town area. Statton island ferry is free, it does fo right past the Statue of liberty and unless you want to get off at the Statue use the Statton island ferry.
    Written January 26, 2024
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  • Steve
    London, UK962 contributions
    The park is a nice little oasis in the middle of the downtown NYC. The Christmas markets were on when we visited and there was plenty of stalls to see
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • Rebecca W
    Baltimore, MD12 contributions
    I had to see the Christmas tree when I was here in December because I grew up seeing the tree in different movies.
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • travelingal31
    Kansas100 contributions
    Beautiful cathedral. There is a quiet chapel behind the alter, with a glass door. Wonderful place to sit quietly, since the church is always busy with people.
    Written February 11, 2024
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