This post has been written by a guest writer – Isabel Clift.
New York: the list of things to see and do is as long as a piece of string! So how do you have fun while sticking to your budget? Here are ten things to do in the Big Apple for under ten dollars – if you combine a few with a stay in a cheap New York City hotel, you’re sure to make your money go further…
1. Stroll the Coney Island Boardwalk
Take in Coney Island’s faded seaside glamour on a three-mile stroll along the boardwalk. Hotdog stalls, carnival rides and the sands of Brighton and Manhattan Beach await!
2. See free exhibitions at New York Public Library (455 5th Ave)
A beautiful Beaux Arts building housing vast public lending and research collections, as well as an ever-rotating schedule of exhibitions. It’s also where Carrie (almost) married Big in the first Sex and the City movie.
3. Ride the free Staten Island ferry (depts: Whitehall Terminal, Lower Manhattan)
There’s no better (or cheaper!) place to catch views of the Statue of Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline. Wrap up warm in winter – it gets windy!
4. Go to free summer concerts in Central Park
The SummerStage season of free concerts, spoken word and theatre descends on New York’s city parks every year. Most popular are the free gigs in Central Park, featuring a cross-section of pop, R&B, indie and hip hop artists.
5. Take a free tour of the Rockefeller Center (600 5th Ave)
You can take a free, self-guided tour of this iconic Art Deco skyscraper (made even more famous by the 30 Rock credits) by picking up a map in the main lobby.
6. See Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History (200 Central Park West)
$6 adults, $4 students/seniors, $3 children
Head straight to the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs to marvel at huge, fossilised skeletons of the T. Rex, Brontosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus.
7. See big fish at the New York Aquarium (602 Surf Avenue)
$6.75 adults, $3 seniors and children 2-12
There’s marine life in abundance at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island, Brooklyn – for the biggest thrills, press your nose up against the floor-to-ceiling shark tank.
8. Skate at the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park in winter
$6.50 adults, $3 children, skate rentals $3.25
Made famous by films like Love Story, Serendipity and, er, Elf, the Wollman Skating Rink on Central Park’s south side is a winter must-visit.
9. Check out 20th-century art and architecture at the Guggenheim (1071 Fifth Ave.)
$7 adults, $4 students/seniors, children free, pay-what-you-wish Fridays from 6-8 p.m.
Housed in a famous spiral-shaped building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum holds an amazing collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art.
10. Catch an IMAX movie at the Sony IMAX Theatre (1998 Broadway)
$9 adults, $6 children 12 and under, $7.50 seniors
Have an eye-popping experience watching 3D and HD IMAX movies blown up on an eight-storey-high screen.