New York City can be a pretty expensive place to visit, but not everything you do has to cost you those hard-earned vacation dollars.
Going on vacation often costs a lot of money. It's one of the many reasons we aren't going away every other week. You know, that and the fact we have jobs and lives to tend to back home. Back to the money side of things, and after paying for flights and a hotel our bank accounts can be left pretty depleted.
Therein lies a problem. What about spending money for the trip itself? If you're traveling to somewhere like New York City then things can get a little expensive. However, they don't have to be. There's plenty of stuff to do in NYC that actually costs no money at all, and we've back out a few of our favorites courtesy of Travel + Leisure.
A must for any first-timer in NYC is a visit to the Statue of Liberty. Tickets cost a lot of money, though. But how close do you really need to be? The Staten Island Ferry is free of charge and allows its passengers to get quite the view of America's Freedom. Stick by the water once you're done too and pay a visit to something many people forget NYC has a few of, public beaches.
Aside from the Statue of Liberty, one of the other locations NYC is most known for is Central Park. Taking a stroll through what might be the world's most famous park will cost you the princely sum of $0. If walking is your jam, don't stop at Central Park. As pointed out by a movie in theaters later this month, NYC has 21 bridges. If you're going to visit just one, make it Brooklyn Bridge.
If you have kids in tow, that's not a problem. There are more playgrounds than we can count dotted around the city, and also the chance for you and your little ones to interact with some farm animals at the Queen's County Farm Museum. That's right, all of the above and more is absolutely free. For a full list of the free activities you can find in NYC, be sure to pay a visit to Travel + Leisure.