Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in New York City

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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in New York City

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  • James Housley
    Sheffield, UK8 contributions
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    You can’t visit New York and not visit Central Park. The sprawling green space and intermittent live music makes for a relaxing stroll with family.

    We had breakfast every morning on the rock next to the playground - very relaxing and fantastic views.

    Make sure you visit Gaston bridge - one of the locations and backdrops in the film Home Alone 2!
    Written June 14, 2024
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  • Tammy W
    Kerrville, TX157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This memorial was incredibly touching. I spent 3 weeks of training in WTC south tower in 1998. I was overwhelmed by the mass amount of space where the towers once stood. It was such a time of destruction, fear, and sorrow. The living tree is also really special and the story is so moving.
    Written June 10, 2024
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  • RedStar
    Memphis, TN88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy tickets online for quicker entry. So much to see with beautiful paintings and artifacts! Make sure you have at least a couple of hours but really need more to see most of everything.
    Written June 13, 2024
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  • PipPaul W
    Buckfastleigh, UK1,921 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a wonderful repurposing of redundant overhead rail stock
    We did the total length in two visits - midway to south the first time, midway to north the second.
    Such a variety of different planting, and all looks so very healthy
    Love the way the trackway and seating is so well integrated, the way that the rail track is still there, the variety of views along the way, the standard of maintenance
    Am absolute oasis within the skyscrapers
    Written June 13, 2024
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  • Kate L
    San Jose, CA34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing! The talent is unbelievable, and the storytelling is genius! The band, the dancers, and the actor playing Michael were just incredible. This show is amazing.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • TeWe
    Helsinki, Finland1,136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see some spectacular views of New York. Probably the best view over Central Park. There is a new attraction called The Beam but unfortunately it was out of order when we visited.
    Written May 15, 2024
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brooklyn Bridge was the world's first steel wire suspension bridge; we took a quick trip from North Slope neighborhood and walked across Brooklyn Bridge to New York. Brooklyn Bridge was a good walk, it takes around a mile or so between the two New York boroughs, Brooklyn and Manhattan. There's a hiker-biker path for public use. Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. There are six lanes for vehicles -- no trucks!
    Written June 5, 2024
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  • teknoge3k
    Rocky Mount, VA1,710 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the early morning crown access pass to SOL and had an amazing experience. The museum is cool but climbing to the top of the SOL was simply amazing. It's narrow and tight but it can be done!
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • Tanya T.
    Illinois1,575 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful building with a fascinating history and stunning architecture that makes a grand impression! I stayed in a hotel nearby and couldn't resist walking through the station at every opportunity. The windows, chandeliers, and arched halls are incredible. It's hard to believe that the main concourse walls are made from artificial stone that had been molded and tinted to simulate French limestone, which is used in Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Statue of Liberty's base, and the Empire State Building's lobby. If you're in New York, add this to your bucket list of things to do – you'll have an awesome backdrop!
    Written June 13, 2024
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  • Ellie K
    Birmingham, UK375 contributions
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    The Manhattan Skyline is a very impressive view and reminds me of when New York features in films and tv shows. It was great seeing this view for free from the Staten Island Ferry.
    Written May 16, 2024
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  • fozjon
    Jaipur, India1,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    no place quite like this in the world. So much activity on a Tuesday evening in June. There were musicians, there were acrobats, there were people from all around the world and there were lights. Don't go to Manhattan and miss this. It wasn't my first time, probably not my last time to visit.
    Written June 13, 2024
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  • PeepJC
    London, UK121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice and easy journey between Staten island and Manhattan. Great views of the city and the Statue of Liberty and it's FREE!

    We lucked out with our timing as parking on site on a Sunday is also free.

    Boarding feels a little chaotic as it's a free for all to get a good spot to take in the views. Quite easy to get split up due to the crowds and bottlenecks so watch out and keep a close eye on your group.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Kamhi
    Vancouver, Canada136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite parks in New York. You can find an activity every weekend from 7 to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. You can have a great time with the Bank of America's organization. Has a picnic area.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • BatchFam
    Yukon, OK1,139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You need to go to see it at least once. The Rockettes are around the corner. There’s shopping, food, people watching. Fun to see!
    Written May 31, 2024
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  • FLHarlock
    Tavares, FL4,927 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped in on a stay in NYC. My wife is a book and movie nerd and LOVES this library. She has never been here and cried when we arrived at her Mecca. I was skeptical but not so much once we went inside. This place is amazing! The architecture and history is unbelievable. We self toured the entire place for FREE and loved it all. If you’re in midtown this is definitely a must see. Highly recommended!
    Written June 6, 2024
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