New York City, New York
New York City is a fabulous place to visit as a tourist. I’ve been there several times now and always enjoy visiting. There’s so much to do! But it’s also expensive.
To get the most out of your stay in New York City, use these tips from Matt Kepnes, who has lived there for five years.
New York is one of my favorite cities. In fact I love it so much I lived there for close to five years. So much so, I had to move on.
To me NYC is the center of the world, with people foods and cultures from all over. Whether you like to eat, drink, or see and do things, there’s no shortage of choices for you in New York City.
You can never be bored in NYC.
1: Take A Free Walking Tour
The first thing you should do in a new destination is to take a walking tour. These are the best ways to orient yourself, see the main sights, and interact with an expert local guide who can answer all your questions.
If you’re on a tight budget, I recommend the Free Tours by Foot service. Just make sure to tip your guide at the end!
For paid tours, go with Walks which has specific ones that focus on art, food, and history. They are very reasonably priced too (starting at $60 USD).
2: Wander Central Park
New York City’s Central Park spans over 150 acres. You can literally spend all day exploring the park and enjoying the beautiful views. During the summer months, free concerts and theater productions can be enjoyed at Belvedere Castle.
In the spring and summer months, Central Park hosts a wide variety of activities. Spring is the best season for a relaxing day out in New York City’s Central Park. To celebrate this special time of year, the park provides free guided walks on Saturdays throughout the spring and summer months. It’s a perfect place to escape from city
3: Walk The High Line
This is one of my favorite attractions in New York City. A converted elevated train track, the Highline is a great place to stroll and take in the scenery. The path runs along the West Side of Manhattan for twenty-three blocks (1.4 miles). It’s especially popular during the summer months.
Lined with an array of overlooks, gardens, public art, and food stalls, the Park is one of the best places to visit on a nice day. Just stay away from weekends when it’s busy!
4: See The Statue Of Liberty
A visit to the Statue of Liberty will cost approximately $20 USD, which seems quite expensive. If that doesn’t sound appealing simply hop on the free Staten Island ferry. It crosses the harbor and provides a nice view of both the Statue and the Manhattan skyline. The ride is quick and easy and well worth it! takes about 25 minutes.
5: Visit Trinity Church
Built in 1698, Trinity Church was originally a small parish chapel constructed by the Church of England. When the British seized New York after Washington’s retreat during the Revolutionary War it was used as a British base of operations. In 1776, a massive fire swept through New York, destroying most of the city. #### The original church was burned to the ground in 1776. The new building was consecrated in 1790, and it is still being used today. Original: As a result of its long history of battles, swords are more common on display in museums than any other type of weapon. Knives are more common on display in antique stores than
The graveyard has many a famous person from American history buried in it such as Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth Francis Lewis (a signatory of the Declaration of Independence). John Alsop (a Continental Congress delegate) Horatio Gates (a Continental Army general) and Lord Stirling (also a Continental Army general).
6: See The 9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terror attacks of September 11th. The two massive reflecting pools are where the World Trade Center once stood, along with the names of all victims.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum is a great place to visit. It is located beneath the World Trade Center Plaza and provides an excellent look at what happened on September 11th, 2001. The memorial museum includes multimedia exhibits about the attacks, including survivor stories and artifacts. Admission is free of charge, but you can pay $26 USD for a ticket to
7: Attend A Broadway Show For Cheap
You can’t just visit New York and not see a Broadway show. There’s a wide variety of shows to enjoy, from modern musicals to Shakespeare to quirky offbeat plays. There’s nothing better than live theater as it’s such an integral part of life in New York City.
If you’re on a budget, don’t settle for full-priced tickets. Instead, visit the TKTS booth in Times Square to get half-price tickets. You have to wait in line but you’ll save a ton!
8: Wander Times Square
As popular as it is, no visit to New York City is complete without a stop at Times Square. No matter when you go it will be packed with people (usually other tourists). If you aren’t shopping or eating or seeing a show there isn’t much to do in the area (and no locals hang out there) but It’s still a neat place to people-watch and get a feel for the sheer size of the Big Apple.
9: Visit The Museum Of Modern Art
If you like modern art, then the Museum of Modern Art is a great place to visit. The museum houses paintings by Van Gogh and other artists, such as Picasso and Matisse. It also has pieces by some of the most famous impressionists and post-impressionist artists, including Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec You’re not a modern art fan, but still worth a visit.
And if you’re looking for an amazing place to visit during your stay in Madrid, look no further than the Museo Reina Sofia (above). Every Friday afternoon after 4pm it is completely free!
More Free Museums In NYC
New York City is a wonderful place to visit. It has many museums that provide free or pay-what-you-can entry on certain days of the week.
- Whitney Museum of American Art (Tuesdays)
- The Guggenheim (Saturday Afternoons)
- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (Saturday Nights)
10: Relax In Battery Park
Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Manhattan. It was built by the Dutch in 1625 to defend their settlement. The fort at Battery Park was not used until 1776, after it had been seized by American forces during the Revolutionary War.
The Revolutionary War may have destroyed the fort, but it was rebuilt afterward. Today the park is home to over 20 monuments and plaques, each dedicated to a different war or time period.