6 Fun Things to Do in NYC for $10 and Under

There are indeed plenty of things to do in New York City that do not sound touristy. But there are some venues that a first-time traveler should unmistakably not miss out on visiting. Plus, New York City is quite cheap when it comes to street food.

According to Numbeo, you can purchase the following items/services for $10 and under:

McMeal at McDonalds: $9

Cappuccino: $4.65

Beer: $8

Coke/Pepsi: $2.01

A loaf of Fresh White Bread: $3.70

One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $2.75

Taxi 1km: $1.62

Water: $1.72

Here Are the 6 Fun Things to Do in NYC for $10 and Under 

1) Visit the High Line

The high line is a centuries-old freight rail treasured by the New York City locals. It is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park right in the center of the city. Plus, to take a walk in this public park, you don’t have to pay a penny. It’s free for all. Visiting the high line is the best way to explore vintage art and picturesque designs

2) Explore the American Museum of Natural History

In case you are in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, you might want to visit the largest natural history museum in the world. Here, you will get to see everything from dinosaur skeletons to alive deep-sea fish. So, if you are interested in seeing T-rex, visit the American Museum of Natural History.

3) The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also popularly known as the “met museum”. This place is located in 5th Ave, New York. Unlike museums in other parts of the world, here you don’t have to pay for a tour guide. It is free. Moreover, the museum also provides a free audio guide.

4) Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry is a 25-minute boat ride between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. A single trip will cost you $4.86. Do not more than $4.86 as you are likely to bump into a scammer trying to resell tickets.

5) Eat a Lamb Gyro

Love Mediterranean food? In New York City, you can enjoy the cheapest lamb gyro in the entire nation. The best place to eat some lamb gyro is the 53rd and 6th Halal Cart. They serve all sorts of Greek food until 4 am. Also, there are other food trucks(like Rafiqi’s Halal cart) serving lamb gyro in places like Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

6) Enjoy Street Art in Bushwick

Bushwick (Brooklyn) is popular for its street art. Here, you will get to see all sorts of hippie designs drawn on walls, vehicles, on the floor, etc. You don’t necessarily have to purchase anything here. Just stroll through the streets and absorb the history of Brooklyn via art. In the seventies, Bushwick used to be one of the most dangerous places in New York. Who could forget the blackouts in 1977?


What’s great about the above-mentioned places is you don’t need to pay a penny to get an entry. Also, the street food items are quite affordable and you should be able to purchase them under $10. 

Furthermore, if you are an NYC local and your long term saves money on “going out” or food in general, even then, you could make the most by considering a visit to one of the places mentioned in this post.


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