There are a lot of ways, provided you plan beforehand, to enjoy many of NYC’s great attractions for very little or no cost at all. Most of the great museums usually offer free admission, on one ‘set’ night or day each week. Check around and plan to visit a particular museum you like when they are free either during the day or evening. Also, some of these museums offer a ‘pay what you wish’ policy, allowing you to give a donation for entrance instead of a set price that they would normally charge. Visiting New York’s famous museums is a great to gain cultural insight about the United States and New York City, and the ‘free’ entrance programs, makes this easy on the pocketbook.
Along with the museums, you may also want to experience the technology of Sony’s ‘Wonder Technology Lab’, for free, or take a walk down the boardwalk of Coney Island. During the winter, try ice skating at the fabulous Rockefeller Center. If you have the time, go to Queens County Farm Museum, which is also free (provided there are no special events) which gives your family a step back in time and history.
To get a real bite and experience of the Big Apple, visit the shops at the Union Square Green Market. Along with the farm fresh fruits and veggies, you will find all kinds of unique, yummy goodies to eat and drink. There are also great walking tours, some of them guided (for a small fee) along with a lot of self guided tours you can take through the famous and historic areas of New York.
For the true history buffs, visit the ‘Federal Hall National Memorial.’ Admission to get in is free, and you’ll be able to see American History at its core. This is the exact spot where George Washington took the Oath of office, and democracy as we know it was born. For anyone interested in American history, this is a must see freebie. The other national parks in New York City of interest include: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Isle, Forts Wadsworth and Grant’s Tomb. Each of these parks are free to the general public, and makes a great place for the family to visit and learn about the city’s history.
You may also be interested in Wave Hill, this tour during the week is free, otherwise there is a small charge. Regardless of whether you visit during the week or weekend, it’s an excellent place to visit for the day.
These are just a small sample of the various free, as well as low priced activities that you can do in this great city. You’ll definitely want to wear comfortable shoes, pack a small lunch for the many miles that you’ll walk viewing the various venues. Along with the various family activities mentioned, New York City is also home to a few of the world’s most finest outdoor parks, such as the world famous ‘Central Park, which also offer free cultural experiences to their visitors.
So try and plan the various activities that are free or cost little money with those other can’t miss sights and activities in the same area. This will save you time when traveling around New York as well as saving the transportation fees. Planning your New York trip ahead of time, is one of the best economical decisions you can make. But the most important thing to remember is to have fun and be safe out there!