5 Things To Do In NYC This Summer While Staying On A Budget
By Kelly O. on Summer Vibes
Kids are home from school. Friends and family have vacation days they have to use. The daily work grind is getting tougher come the warmer weather. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in such close proximity to one of the most desirable locations in the world – New York City! Take advantage of this sought after destination without putting a dent in the bank account. Here is a plan from sunrise to sunset for a perfect summer day in NYC:
Rainbow Bagels – < $10
Bagels are a staple in New York and New Jersey; visitors from out of state are sure to run to the local store soon after arriving. Leave your Fitbit at home and indulge in the rainbow bagel trend that’s taking social media by storm. While many breakfast places have adopted the rainbow bagel fad, Tompkins Square Bagels takes the colorful trend a step further with it’s crazy cream cheese spreads. Eating a bagel from Tompkins is a sure way to put the cherry on top of a great morning – literally, you can put a cherry on top of your bagel.
Walk Along The High Line – FREE ADMISSION
Walk off that morning bagel with a stroll down the High Line. The High Line stretches above the metropolitan area allowing for city and park to exist in perfect harmony. While walking along the boardwalk, the bricks of skyscrapers are dulled by green shrubbery on the path giving the vibe of being above the bustle of the streets only one story below. Vendors line the walk with various shopping and food locations keeping the scenery ever changing staying in tune with the city. Throughout the summer there are different events held on the High Line which can be found on the website. Once you make it back to the ground, you can see if your golf game is up to par.
Pier 25 Mini Golf – < $5
Mini golf is a summer essential that doesn’t have to require a trip to the Jersey Shore. At $4 for kids aged thirteen and under and only five dollars for adults, you won’t have to give up an arm and a leg for a fun time. This 18-hole course is a premium mini golf experience full of waterfalls, caves, and sandtraps making it the ultimate course for all ages. Get out of the house leaving (most) of your wallet at home but taking your competitive side along with you.
Smorgasburg – FREE ADMISSION
Smorgasburg is every foodie’s heaven. Food vendors throughout the five boroughs come together every Saturday in Williamsburg and every Sunday in Prospect Park, set up tents, and sell their delicious dishes. All the latest eccentric eats come together in one location, including anything from spaghetti donuts to churro ice cream sandwiches and everything else in between. This event is held outside on the waterfront, creating the perfect summer ambiance.
Outdoor Movie In The Park – < $5
To conclude the day, sit back and relax with a movie in the park. Throughout the summer, parks in NYC offer an outdoor movie night where you can set up a blanket to enjoy a film under the stars. Not only are these movies offered in parks, but also on rooftops! Check out this movie guide so you don’t miss out on the chance to watch your favorite flick on a clear, summer night.
Regardless of what’s in your wallet this summer, don’t let your budget hold you back from taking advantage of the thriving city right across the Hudson. For more cost effective NYC activities this summer check out Time Out’s article here.
(Image via Smorgasburg)