It is the city that never sleeps and many believe they will need to dig deep to afford a trip to New York. But travelling to the Big Apple on a budget does not have to mean missing out.
Here are a few great things to do if you are keeping an eye your dollars:
1: Spend an afternoon in Central Park. Grab a take-away lunch from a local deli or hot dog cart and have a picnic in the park like the locals. If running or rollerblading isn’t your thing take a stroll and visit attractions including the Alice in Wonderland statue
2: Take the Staten Island Ferry. Savvy locals know this is one of New York’s best things to do for free. I was advised to go over during daylight hours and return as the sun was setting to get the full effect. The views of the city are spectacular and you get to sail past the Statue of Liberty. Although beware I had to get off and re-board before returning.
3: Plan your own walking tour. Take the time to enjoy a stroll around the financial district. This sounded a bit dull when it was first proposed but I had not appreciated how grand some of the district’s buildings were. I visited during the day when this area is really alive and took in the fast-paced life of some of the city’s movers and shakers.
4: Eat out at a diner. Another highlight I was always in them. They are a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner and often great value. Stacks of pancakes for breakfast, pastrami on rye, a cobb salad or the classic beef burger, what’s not to like?
5: Wander over Brooklyn Bridge. This is a great place to take in the New York skyline. Its promenade is really popular and over the years the bridge has been a place for dates, anniversaries and even marriage proposals. Visiting at sunset provides some pretty spectacular views. If you are keen to find out a bit more about the area you could consider taking a walking tour.
6: Treat yourself to a night out in New York. Being on a budget doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fantastic nightlife. Queue for cheap theatre tickets at a ticket booth or mingle with the locals in the city’s many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. It is worth looking online for discount vouchers or special offers ahead of your visit if there is an attraction you really want to see. Look in local listings guides as some bars offer free live music.