4 Ways to Explore New York City on a Budget
Tourists to New York City usually have to deal with ads for overpriced Broadway tickets and tours that are not exactly authentic or cheap ways of experiencing the city. Instead, you should try some of the ideas below on how to explore the Big Apple on a budget. Fortunately, everything on this list will cost you less than $50, and the listing has New York museums, attractions, as well as a few New York City tours like packages for a Statue of Liberty cruise – in the end, you will likely afford a great night out with all the money you’ll have saved.
Hiking through Central Park
Few people would ever think of hiking in New York City, but Central Park has great trails and a huge number of out-of-the-way and serene places. This world-famous park is home to some noteworthy landmarks, but few people ever realize the number of side trails you can take to areas without much foot traffic. A hike through the park will easily reveal quiet spots, rock scrambles, streams, ponds, waterfalls and things hikers generally hope to find on a day out.
The possibilities at Central Park are virtually endless. Consider a hike that takes you along Naturalist’s Walk, up Belvedere Tower and over the Great Lawn. This suggested loop should start and end at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is found at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street.
Explore the Best Pizzerias
NYC is home of the best pizza in the world – a fact few people can argue against. From the moment the first pizzeria opened in 1905 to over a century later, New Yorkers are proud that they know pizza. While places like Di Fara and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria are world-famous for creating spectacular pizza, a pizza tour will reveal that the city’s love for local pizza runs deeper than these institutions.
From 10 to 4 in the morning, and all the times in between, a pizza slice accompanied by a bagel is the food that keeps the city running. Make sure you visit some of the hidden pizzeria gems like Delizia, Mariella’s and Don Pepe’s Pizza. Whether as a late night snack, dinner or lunch, pizza in joints like Little Italy and Joe’s Pizza will give you the fuel you need to keep exploring the city.
Cycling Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Now that you have packed some energy, it’s time you consider crossing the Brooklyn Bridge – on a bike. You can rent a bike at one of the many bike shops in Brooklyn or you can rent a Citi Bike, ride till you are contented, and then return the bike and hop on the NYC Ferry Service. However, you will not be able to return or find a bike exactly where or when you wish; so, if you have a flight, make sure you have plenty of time.
Biking the Brooklyn Bridge is an environmentally friendly way of exploring the bridge and DUMBO. The NYC Ferry Service back to Manhattan is a cheap commuter line that also gives you a view of the city from the water.
Stroll the High Line
The High Line measures 1.45 miles and is built on an old raised freight train line that was once part of the New York Central Railroad system. The raised park plays with a juxtaposition of green space while infusing urban elements of one of the busiest and largest cities in the world. The park is a popular getaway, with pockets of peaceful and quiet sections.
During your stroll, you’ll likely come across runners as they weave their way through the people. The best part is that your walk is completely free!