Inexpensive Sightseeing in NYC: An Insider's Guide to New York City
Tips to Get the Most Out of Your NYC Vacation By SJ Johnson
NYC is notorious for being an expensive city; however, with a few of my insider secrets, you can enjoy your New York City vacation for less. The key to saving money is to have an itinerary. Knowing in advance what attractions you want to visit will allow you to use public transportation to your advantage.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
The city's public transportation system, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), makes getting around the five boroughs easy. Whether you want to visit the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, or Queens, you can use the MTA to get there. My tip: If you buy a 7-Day Unlimited MetroCard, which currently retails for $30, you can navigate the entire city for less than $5 a day. For more information about the MTA, visit Web.MTA.info. The 5 Boroughs
Each one of NYC's five boroughs offers several attractions that are worth visiting. Here are my favorite inexpensive attractions by borough:
1. Although many people have heard of the Bronx because of the New York Yankees baseball team, it is actually world renowned because of its cultural institutions, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and the Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society. At the NYBG, in addition to giving the public access to various plant species, scientists study plants to discover medicinal uses and conservation techniques. Click here to read more tips about visiting the New York Botanical Garden.
2. Everyone knows that The Bronx Zoo lets visitors see exotic animals; however, did you know that the Wildlife Conservation Society also helps protect endangered species in the wild?
Here's a tip: Wednesdays are the best days to visit. Grounds admission is free for the NYBG all day Wednesdays (excluding parking, specialty gardens, and the Conservatory), and the Bronx Zoo has a suggested donation on Wednesdays. Both the NYBG and Bronx Zoo have specific hours of admission. Before your visit, check their websites for more information.
1. The Brooklyn Bridge links Brooklyn to Manhattan. Some tourists choose to walk across the bridge, and others visit Brooklyn Bridge Park.
2. Although Hurricane Sandy took a toll on Coney Island, its residents are resilient. This summer it was back to business as usual for the beachfront community.
1. NY Mets baseball fans know that Queens is the home of CitiField; however, no visit to Queens is complete without seeing the Unisphere.
2. The Unisphere, a stainless steel globe built for the 1964 World's Fair, is the main attraction in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
1. Did you know that one of the nation's oldest military sites is on Staten Island? Fort Wadsworth was built over 200 years ago to protect the New York Harbor from invasion. It is open to the public and is one of many tourist attractions on Staten Island.
1. Whenever people think of Manhattan, immediately the Manhattan skyline comes to mind. One of the city's best bargains is the Air Tram from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. The Roosevelt Island Air Tram offers an aerial view of NYC's famous skyline and is far less expensive than a helicopter ride.
These are just a few of the affordable attractions you can see when you visit NYC. As you can see, planning ahead will help you save time and money on your vacation.