I love New York!
I love New York!

Today I’m off to New York for a week-long visit to see my family. I love New York. I love the walking, the hustle and bustle of the city, Central Park, and yellow cabs. Thankfully, I have family who live in Mid-Town Manhattan, so staying in NYC is fairly cost-efficient for me. Since I also just enjoy taking in the sights, sounds, and yes, smells of the city, I’ve listed some of my favorite things that are low-cost or free:

  1. Central Park – The south end of Central Park is most familiar to me; Bethesda Fountain, the row boats, and Shepard’s Field (I think that’s what it’s called). The row boats are a fairly inexpensive activity, for under $15 you can row around the lake for an hour. On my last visit, a man with a bunch of hoola-hoops was playing music and for a tip I hoola-hooped for a good 20 minutes.
  2. Time Square – Walking around the city and enjoying the sights is great exercise. The ads are always impressive and unlike anywhere else I’ve seen. Plenty of good photo ops in this area.
  3. Bryant Park -Grab a coffee and enjoy sitting at a table at Bryant Park, right across from Grand Central. This trip I’m planning on using the library’s computers to stay updated. We’ll see how that goes.
  4. Italian Icee’s – I’ve been craving Lemon Icees lately. A shaved ice place opened up near my house, but it’s not the same.
  5. Columbus Circle – Again, the south entrance of Central Park is my stomping ground when in NY. My dad’s theater is 5-minutes from Columbus Circle, so we often walk over and visit Lincoln Center.
  6. Water Taxis – Last time I visited NY, I took a water taxi to the downtown area. The water taxi makes a few stops including Brooklyn between the east and west side of Manhattan. An inexpensive way to get around the south tip of NY.
  7. Museums – Mid-town is full of museums; Natural History Museum, MOMA, and the Children’s Museum. All fairly reasonable in price (actually if I remember correctly, MOMA is free).

I could list Broadway Plays and musicals, but these aren’t necessarily low cost options for entertainment. I’ve also seen so many in my lifetime that it’s usually not on my “must-do” list. If you’re familiar with NYC, you might have noticed that my list of “to-do’s” revolve around a small square 1/2 mile to a mile – 39th street to 89th street is where I’m usually hanging out. However, this visit I’ll get to explore as far north as 101st street where my sister now lives. Wow, I’m really adventurous. 😉

I’ll be posting some photos of my trip shortly and adding in some savings tips for traveling to NY.

P.S. I also was able to get everything to fit in my backpack avoiding any checked baggage fees. Whoo hoo!

What are some of your favorite vacation experiences? How have you saved money while traveling?


  1. Have a great trip! I’m so excited for you. I love NYC too and even though I only live 4 hours away, I don’t get down there nearly as often as I’d like.

  2. Jeff @ Sustainable life blog Reply

    Have a great time! I’ve only been to NYC one time, but I enjoyed it.

  3. NYC was home for my wife and I before we moved to LA. Although we return annually, we visit my brother/sister in law in eastern Long Island. We usually vacation in Europe (every other year) using miles to travel first/bus class. Last summer we went to Vancouver, BC using miles. Recently, during Spring Break we went to New Orleans using miles.

  4. retirebyforty Reply

    I’ve never been to NYC! 🙁 I would love to visit someday soon.

  5. @Jeff – I’d say that one visit to NYC isn’t enough! There’s so much to do!
    @First Gen – 4 hours is still quite a while away. My dad is talking about drivig 2 hours south to PA, but the traffic getting in and out of the city scares me to death! I think I’d rather take a train. 😉
    @Krantcents – I wouldn’t call my trip a vacation, but I do enjoy visiting family and walking around the city. Just hoofed it to Bryant Park Library. Got 39 minutes left of internet access!
    @retireby40- a must do on the travel itinerary. 😉
    @Money Cone – (notice I’m typing fast and consolidating comments – I’m on a time limit!) I got some great photos of the 7th Ave. bikelane that I’ll be sharing. 😉

  6. I’ve drove through New York (actually I should say I rode through New York since I wasn’t driving). I was awed by the rowes of building. It was slightly dark when we were there, so I kept thinking of gotham city.

    A friend of my wife had ticket to take a bus tour of the city, so the went that route, sleeping on the bus when they went.

    Someday, hopefully someday I’ll make it a trip…

    Have fun 🙂

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