Inexpensive New York attractions and days out

Hit essential New York attractions—museums, parks, beaches, touristy spots—as well as out-of-town staples without emptying your wallet.

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Inexpensive New York attractions: Bronx Museum of Art

Inexpensive New York attractions: Bronx Museum of Art

Showing around an out-of-town guest? Or looking to get out of town yourself? We’ve got you covered with our guide to  New York attractions and short day trips.


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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Located in a former military residence on the grounds of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this small museum chronicles the mighty history of the former shipbuilding center—which, at its peak during World War II, employed close to 70,000 people. Permanent exhibits examine the yard’s origins and significance

  1. 63 Flushing Ave, at Carlton Ave
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The Statue of Liberty

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Lady Liberty—or Liberty Enlightening the World, as she’s officially known—was a gift from France on America’s 100th birthday. A universal symbol of freedom, the copper-plated sentinel stands 305 feet tall from the bottom of her base to the tip of her torch. The monument underwent renovations in 2011 (including new stairs and an elevator),

  1. Liberty Island
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Chelsea Market

  • Price band: 2/4

The former home of the National Biscuit Company is a hot spot for foodies-in-training; favorite vendors include Jacques Torres, People's Pops and Ronnybrook Dairy.

  1. 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St
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Coney Island Cyclone

  • Price band: 1/4

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Nothing offers a thrilling jolt of Brooklyn nostalgia quite like a ride on the Cyclone. The roller coaster dates to 1927, when Coney Island was a booming seaside resort, but shuttered for six years starting in 1969, marking one of many troubled economic periods for the ’hood. Thankfully, in 1975, the

  1. 834 Surf Ave, at 8th St
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Those searching for a little peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours at this verdant oasis. The garden—which abuts two other neighborhood gems: the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park—was founded in 1910 and features thousands of types of flora, laid out over 52 acres. Each spring, crowds

  1. 990 Washington Ave, at President St
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Brooklyn Brewery

  • Price band: 1/4

Williamsburg's craft-beer facility offers reservation-only small batch brewery tours (Mon–Thu 5–7pm; $8) and free general tours on Saturday and Sunday (see website for details). You can also sample beer in the tasting room.

  1. 79 North 11th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
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Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

  • Price band: 2/4

There’s no need to wait until winter to glide across the two NHL-size rinks at this megacomplex—they’re open year-round for general skating as well as hockey and figure skating. Unlike most indoor ice arenas, this one doesn’t feel like a cave; ample windows afford sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west.

  1. 61 Chelsea Piers (Hudson River), 23rd St at the Hudson River, 10011
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Central Park Zoo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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More than a million visitors a year flock here for quality time with some 130 species that inhabit this 6.5-acre corner of Central Park. Don't miss the Allison Maher Stern snow leopard exhibit, where tots can look for the critically endangered cats in a rocky evergreen landscape meant to replicate the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Visit the

  1. Southeast corner of Central Park,, enter at Fifth Ave and 64th St
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Alice Austen House

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Clear Comfort, 19th-century photographer Alice Austen's family home, is also one of New York's oldest buildings, dating back to 1690. It now houses a large collection of her work, as well as frequent exhibitions of contemporary shutterbugs.

  1. 2 Hylan Blvd, at Edgewater St
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Bronx Museum of the Arts

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  • Free

Founded in 1971 and featuring more than 800 works, this multicultural art museum shines a spotlight on 20th- and 21st-century artists who are either Bronx-based or of African, Asian or Latino ancestry. The museum sporadically offers family programming.

  1. 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th St
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