There are many activities available in New York City regardless of your budget. Granted, many of them are expensive, but there are quite a few things you can do without spending a dime or spending very little.
Museums and Discount Days
Many of the museums in New York City have discount days or “pay as you wish” days. The greatest thing about this is that the days vary between museums, so it’s entirely possible to go to museums for a whole week and spend very little money at all on the experience. The museums that have suggested admission are also very popular. Two of these are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History.
Both the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Staten Island Museum have free admission on Tuesdays, the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Gardens on Wednesdays, the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the Museum of Arts and Design on Thursdays, the American Folk Art Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Morgan Library and many more have free admission on Fridays.
Some museums even have free admission on the weekends, such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum and the Frick Collection. This is great because in many cities you are bored on the weekend and forced to spend money or sit in your hotel room, but in New York City you still have these options available.
Summer is probably the best month to go to New York City. Think about it. During the day, you go sightseeing and visit museums often for free and then during the afternoon or evening you can go to many of the thousands of free street concerts. The following New York City travel tips will help you find a great concert when you’re done with your cultural intake at the museums.
Central Park Summerstage
Although some of the concerts held at the Rumsey Playfield are benefits, the vast amount of them are actually free and frequent. You should check out the timetables at Central Park to see what’s playing when.
New York Philharmonic
Every year for a week at the beginning of July the New York Philharmonic performs in all five New York City boroughs. The Bronx and Staten Island concerts are traditionally held indoors, but Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens take place under the open sky and are free.
The Met in the Parks
The Metropolitan Opera performs six concerts in various parks around New York Cities during the month of July as well, completely free!
There are many more free festivals and concerts throughout the year in New York City. Check out the latest travel tips available online for the most up to date information.