New York City can get quite expensive. If you factor in hotel accommodation, sightseeing opportunities and dining, you can end up spending a small fortune.

Here is some advice for those that don’t want to forego a visit to New York City when you are on a shoestring budget.

Central Park

Central Park is the bit of green in a bustling metropolis. There is so much to do that is either free or inexpensive.

The park is made up of 843 acres and has pathways to stroll, gardens to explore and the ideal place to escape from the skyscrapers that New York City is so well known for.

If you want to get acquainted with Central Park there are free walking tours that the Central Park Conservancy offers. Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon is located in Central Park and the Central Park Zoo’s admission is under $10.

It is an ideal place to have a picnic, fly a kite or just sit and enjoy the weather while you people watch.

The Staten Island Ferry

For a very small fee you can ride the Staten Island Ferry and take in the sites of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. You will get a glimpse of the New York Harbor for free and enjoy the salt air on your face as you take pictures of the famous sights you are seeing. [New York City Attractions]

Battery Park

Battery Park is located at the southern end of Manhattan and there is much to see and do. There are observatory telescopes where you can glimpse some of the famous sites as well as ships coming into the harbor.

Walk the pathways and watch the people as they take their lunch in the sunshine and get a great glimpse of the world beyond the Manhattan skyline. It is from here you can access the Staten Island Ferry as well.

Times Square

It wasn’t so long ago that Times Square had quite the unsavory reputation, but all that has changed now. It is said that more than twenty six million people come to visit Times Square every year.

Some of those people come to see a Broadway play, to see the place where the annual New Year’s Ball drops or just to take in the glitter, vibrancy and excitement the area is now known for.

There are a myriad of shops such as the Disney Store and plenty of places to wine and dine. Try to visit in the evening when the sun goes down and the area lights up to impress visitors and denizens alike.


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