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Recommended guidebook & free/inexpensive activities

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Have any recent (including 1st time) visitors used a guidebook you felt worked well for you? Also, I am finding that entrance fees to many attractions are budget busters so we will have to prioritize these . . . what are some of the free and inexpensive activities that both locals and visitors enjoy? Transportation is also an expense to consider; we are staying in midtown Manhattan. TIA

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Do you like to walk and explore neighborhoods? Plenty of great self guided walking tours here:

https://www.walkingoffthebigapple.com/p/recommended-walks.html

Here is another link, plenty of free things Downtown:

https://downtownny.com/

Parks, High Line, Hudson River Greenway, Staten Island Ferry, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, things like that are free.

Use the subway for getting around, cheap and dependable.

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free Stuff

Central Park

The High Line

Riverside Park

Bryant Park

Staten Island Ferry

Coney Island Boardwalk

Fort tryon Park

Flushing Meadow Park

NY Public Library

Grand Central Terminal

(9/11 Menorial (Menorial , not Museum) and theOccuus

Governors Island

Van Cortland Park

Grants Tomb

Queens Museum in Flusing Meadow Park

Prospect Park

That ought to keep you busy for a while

Edited: 04 September 2021, 08:29
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Roosevelt Island tram is $2.75 and then its free to walk Around Roosevelt Island

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is also free

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^^Howard, just for clarity, Governors Island is free, but the round trip ferry cost is $3, except for ferries before 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday..^^

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Thanks everyone. I would put a $3 ferry in the inexpensive category :-)

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I typically like the Lonely Planet guidebooks.

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https://www.nycgo.com/ the official NYC visitor info site is a useful resource

https://freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-tours/ offers affordable guided tours as well as self guided neighborhood walking tour info and audio tours

Some places, like Grand Central Terminal, have audio tours that can make a visit more informative https://www.grandcentralterminal.com/plan-your-visit/

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The event calendars at https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town and https://www.timeout.com/newyork can also be useful

Edited: 04 September 2021, 18:53
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More ideas here

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k13233126-Free_stuff-New_York_City_New_York.html

Info on the MetroCard for transportation here

https://freetoursbyfoot.com/how-to-buy-a-new-york-city-subway-pass/

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The weekly unlimited Metrocard can often be the best value - even if only here a few days (break even ~13 rides. Good for subways, buses and the RI tram but not the ferries) https://new.mta.info/fares

The airports have public transit options but the suitability for your group depends on if you can wrangle your luggage and hotel location. If you want to consider it supply more info to get further advice

Edited: 04 September 2021, 19:36
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