Budget-Friendly Things to Do in New York City

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  • Lorialene
    8 contributions
    Take tissues. Such a huge part of every single American, regardless of age, everyone should see it atleast once. It disgusts me that people aren't even aware of what 911 is & what happened.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • TheLatteGirl
    Bury St. Edmunds, UK309 contributions
    I read other reviews stating how big this museum is - I confirm it certainly is! Loads to see, so leave enough time. Recommend booking tickets ahead in advance to avoid the long queue to get a ticket. You simply then show your QR code on your phone / print out to access all areas. On arrival, get a map from the information desk when you enter. The greyed out parts on the map indicate rooms which you cannot enter due to long-term refurbishment. This caused us a bit of trouble navigating different routes, but there are plenty of staff around to point you in the right direction.

    You can purchase an audio guide (around $8), but you need your own headphones. We opted not to, but there were plenty of info boards around, telling you about various collections.

    The Egyptian Art section was fascinating.

    There are several eateries throughout the museum. Would recommend 'The Eatery' on the ground floor. Choice of burgers, soups, pizza (inc. GF base), sushi, sandwiches. There is also a dedicated cake section, including a section for GF cakes - the muffins were really nice, I noticed were from a local GF bakery, 'By the Way Bakery'. Later on we wanted a coffee; we were going to head for the American Wing Cafe on Floor 1, but saw the queue so went back to the Eatery which was less busy.

    Gift shop is very expensive, but cool to look around.

    A good half day spent, although you could easily spend the whole day looking around.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • MIchelle H
    Lansing, MI57 contributions
    We rented bikes and biked around the area. Stopped at numerous locations to walk, and take photos. There were people everywhere, walking, biking, riding, exercising. You name it they are doing it in the park. Yoga classes. Mom and me classes. Something for everyone. We rented bikes just outside the park for $30 for 3 hours. It was just enough time, we probably could have been out there longer.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • eag1611
    Brighton, UK26 contributions
    Purchased tickets in advance to avoid queuing on the day however the day of our visit (Monday 10.00am in mid September), the attraction seemed very quiet. Seamless entry to this beautiful building and when we arrived at the top shared the viewing deck with perhaps less than 30 other guests.
    Greta views of iconic NY landmarks from this building. The Rockfeller Plaza is worth exploring too.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • geordie-married-man
    Gateshead, UK37 contributions
    sailed past on a boat tour, cracking sunny day and was very close to see her, you can get a boat to the island but pay extra to go up her skirt.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • shar10Lancs
    Chorley, UK121 contributions
    Cannot go to new york and not walk the Brooklyn bridge.
    We picked a bad day weather wise but I believe on a good day its full of stalls with souvenirs and food.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • Carolyn B
    Las Vegas, NV13 contributions
    Great view from the Statin Island ferry of skyline and statue of liberty. Wonderful trip on the water
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • Mustravel_365
    Los Angeles, CA815 contributions
    Absolutely amazing, beautiful place yo walk and enjoy the architecture of buildings, the weather, the plants and get some exercise

    We walked from the Vessel to Chelsea market and it was an enjoyable walk
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • Carolyn B
    Las Vegas, NV13 contributions
    This building is beautiful. Worth visiting just for the architecture but take a subway or train from here. We went to the Bronx from here
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • Ashely Fang
    New York City, NY187 contributions
    The MET Cloisters has an extensive collection of medieval works of art. It's a truly immersive space to be in - there's even a gardening area where you can see what plants were referenced in art works. The guides are very knowledgeable and give great guided tours, and you can see the famous unicorn tapestries.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Helen J
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK99 contributions
    Unbelievable - well worth the money for the experience. My husband who is an Architect was in his element!
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • Megan13091995
    16 contributions
    Peaceful small Park in Midtown Manhattan
    Could not stop visiting this park for picnic with takeout food
    Many seats and tables to sit under the sun or building lights in the evening
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • Extraordinary86886
    2 contributions
    Must do trip if visiting the area and it's free!
    When heading over to Staten Island the Statue of Liberty is on the right side and you pass closer to it on the way out than in the way back. Worth noting for photos.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • littleyacht
    United States95 contributions
    Beautiful building. Tours are offered twice a day. They are free, but you have to register online and they fill up. some rearranging of spaces is going on, so some rooms are closed, but you get to see a lot on both floors. Don't miss the separate exhibit of some of the library's permanent holdings, including the original Winnie-the-Pooh animals that belonged to the Milne family.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • Andy
    Buenos Aires, Argentina303 contributions
    Great modern place to walk around, shop and enjoy it’s beauty. I never stop visiting every single time I come to nyc and it’s very inspiring
    Written August 12, 2022
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