Talking of costs it’s pretty hard to put budget travel and New York in the same sentence given that it is a city with some of the most costly restaurants and hotels in the world. With amazing things to do like catching the Yankees play or picking up Empire State Building tickets, it’s easy to rack up a large bill.  Ironically New York has some of the best attractions that are absolutely free! There is so much to see but New Yorkers and visitors alike will agree that these awesome attractions, considering they are free, leave you with no excuse for not taking your fair bite of the big apple.


Central park

No better place to be on a sunny day in New York than at  Central Park. If possible just give a whole day so you can savor the full flavor of the park because it is huge and there are so many attractions and areas covering over 840 acres. The central park can be accessed from all sides and you can choose to spend anything from an hour to a whole day enjoying what the park has to offer. While there, look out for the mall, the sheep meadow and the Bethesda terrace and the passage beneath it.

central park nyc

Staten Island ferry

Another great free thing to do in New York and you will be able to see Manhattan from a distance and have a free boat trip while at it. If you are yearning to get a close up view of the statue of liberty and the Ellis Island this is the perfect way to do it for free.  You can catch the ferry from the lower Manhattan at Whitehall Street and it is available 24/7.

Statue of Liberty ferry New York

Grand central terminal

This is a must see even if boarding a train in the big apple is not on your to do list. Located at the Park Avenue and 42nd street, the grand central terminal is the most famous terminal in the US. The terminal is full of architectural and artistic wonders and you can find tours of the terminal some of which are free but of course a self-guided tour is free. Some major points of interest here include, the four sided clock, the two grand staircases, the whispering gallery and the oyster bar ramps.

grand central station nyc

Brooklyn Bridge

This is an iconic sight to behold and also one of the city’s top attractions. The beauty of the place is to just take a walk across the famous suspended bridge which is a hit for both the locals and the tourists. The walk is about 25 minutes each way and you can take in the breathtaking views and the highlight is when you get to the Brooklyn heights promenade.

Brooklyn Bridge at night

Times Square

It is famous all over the world and even those who have not been there will sing its praises. It is a major intersection in Manhattan at the Broadway and Seventh Avenue junction. This famous landmark is always busy with tourists, shoppers and idlers alike.


These are just 5 folks, but there are many more, so don’t let the price of NYC scare you off. You can find so much cheap accommodation in New York,  with websites like Wimdu for instance, eat pizza by the slice for a couple of dollars and ride the subway, none of which will break the bank. So If you are in New York or planning to visit you now have the ideas at your finger tips now it’s the time to get going, pack up your bags and go out there and a get a feel of how interesting New York can be.

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