How to Spend a Weekend in NYC on a Budget!

I had a fee weekend earlier this year and decided that I wanted to explore NYC on a budget. I basically wanted to spend as close to $0 as possible and had no idea how I was going to do it!

In order to spend a weekend in NYC on a budget I turned my search towards camping and alternative housing options, since a hotel was going to be the biggest expense. That’s when I discovered camping at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn! I couldn’t believe that for only $30 I could camp, safely and legally, with access to the NYC subway system! Floyd Bennett Field was pretty easy to find, but I have to admit that navigating once I got inside the park was a little more difficult. It’ an old airfield, with some of the airways still in use (which I discovered late at night when I woke up to what I thought was an earthquake). It’s definitely a unique place to camp and helped me save money on my weekend in NYC on a budget.

The view of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is something you can see while keeping to your budget in NYC!

After spending the night in Brooklyn, I took the subway into NYC and spent the day exploring the sites. I took the subway as much as I could, which hardly cost me anything, and I was able to see all of the main sites I had in mind: Times Square, Freedom Tower & World Trade Centre Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, 5th Avenue, Central Park, Brookfield Place for an art exhibit, Rockefeller Center, and the Statue of Liberty among a couple of others.

I have to admit, one thing I didn’t budget enough for was food! I couldn’t resist the delicious food options available in the city…check out this post about the famous Katz’s Deli and you’ll see what I mean! There is a delicious meal or treat option literally around every corner, so be prepared to resist the temptation or bring a little extra pocket cash.

Admiring a giant rabbit, for free, at Brookfield Place on my weekend in NYC on a budget.

Speaking of the Statue of Liberty, I don’t know why anybody would pay to take one of those boat tours around the island!?

I feel like I’m going to tell you the best tip ever about exploring NYC…the Staten Island Ferry isĀ free and it gives you a great view of the Statue of Liberty from the water, as well as the NYC skyline and Brooklyn Bridge!

The view from the Staten Island Ferry leaving Manhattan.

What kind of tips do you have for spending a weekend in NYC on a budget? I love exploring this city and am sure I’ll be going back sometime sooner rather than later!

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