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New York Itinerary: Visit All Attractions in 7 Days for $50

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Follow our New York itinerary & find out how to visit all the major attractions & museums in the Big Apple in 1 week for under $50!

The only attractions you’ll have to pay for on our New York itinerary are:

  • Headquarters of the United Nations
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

Many museums have free admission or Pay What You Wish days & times – we’ve done all the research for you to create the ultimate New York Itinerary!

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Monday: New York itinerary

Spend the first day of your New York itinerary in & around Central Park, including the incredible American Museum of Natural History. At night, hang out at Times Square & catch a show on Broadway!

  • Columbus Circle – free
  • Central Park – free
  • American Museum of Natural History – pay what you wish
  • Times Square – free

For the full itinerary, see our post Monday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

View of Central Park from Belvedere Castle

Take in the views of Central Park from the top of Belvedere Castle

Tuesday: New York Itinerary

Spend the day in Lower Manhatttan – walk above the streets on the High Line, indulge in the Chelsea Markets, explore Little Italy & Chinatown and pay your respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

  • High Line – free
  • Chelsea Market – free
  • Greenwich Village – free
  • SoHo – free
  • Little Italy & Chinatown – free
  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum – free from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For the full itinerary, see our post Tuesday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

New York Itinerary September 11 Memorial

Pay your respects at the National September 11 Memorial

Wednesday: New York Itinerary

Visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island and take in the views of Manhattan from the water. On return, explore the Wall Street & the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.

  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island – $18.00 to $22.00 including entrance & ferry transport for both islands
  • Charging Bull – free
  • Wall Street – free
  • Trinity Church – free
  • St Paul’s Chapel – free

For the full itinerary, see our post Wednesday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

New York Itinerary Statue of Liberty

Visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island on the same day!

Thursday: New York Itinerary

  • The Met Cloisters – pay what you wish
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art – included in Met Cloisters admission
  • The Met Breuer – included in Met Cloisters admission
  • Museum of Arts & Design – pay what you wish from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For the full itinerary, see our post Thursday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Step inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art on our New York Itinerary

Friday: New York Itinerary

Explore Midtown East from the Headquarters of the United Nations to the Museum of Modern Art, with all of New York City’s most iconic buildings in between.

  • Headquarters of the United Nations – $22.00
  • Chrysler Building – free
  • Grand Central Terminal – free
  • Flatiron Building – free
  • Fifth Avenue – free
  • Madison Avenue – free
  • Empire State Building – free
  • New York Public Library – free
  • Bryant Park – free
  • Rockefeller Centre – free
  • Radio City Music Hall – free
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral – free
  • Museum of Modern Art – free from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Whitney Museum of American Art – pay what you wish from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

For the full itinerary, see our post Friday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Centre

If you’re in New York around Christmas, ice skate at Rockefeller Center!

Saturday: New York itinerary

Spend Saturday across the East River at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum & Green-Wood Cemetery. Return to Manhattan in the evening for a few hours at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden – free between 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Brooklyn Museum – pay what you wish
  • Green-Wood Cemetery – free
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – pay what you wish from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm

For the full itinerary, see our post Saturday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

New York Itinerary Guggenheim

View famous modern & contemporary art at The Guggenheim

Sunday: New York itinerary

Attend a Gospel church service in Harlem on Sunday morning before being inspired at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Finish the day with a sunset walk across Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Gospel Church Service in Harlem – free (donations collected)
  • Studio Museum in Harlem – free
  • Brooklyn Bridge – free

For the full itinerary, see our post Sunday in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

Brooklyn Bridge at Sunset

Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge over sunset for amazing light & colour!

7 Day New York Itinerary Wrap-Up

*** Tip of the Week: Follow our New York itinerary & your Big Apple vacation will be heavy on footsteps but light on the wallet! *** 

Are you interested in seeing a Broadway production? Check out our post How to Score Cheap Tickets on Broadway Rush.

Do you want to know what else is free in New York? Check out our post Every Free Museum in New York City!

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  1. Great list! We loved so many of these places like the High Line, but will have to add a few to our list for next trip!

  2. That is indeed a great itinerary. It takes in so much and cannot believe it is so cost effective. A week in New York with so many diverse experiences is indeed something to look forward to.

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      Thanks Vyjay, there really are so many free or pay what you wish museums & attractions in New York City, it’s unbelievable! Good luck on your future trip to the Big Apple! 🙂

  3. I could spend a lifetime exploring NYC. It is one of my favorite cities of all time. I especially like how there are so many free sites to explore. You post has made me want to visit again soon.

    1. Author

      Hi Christina, New York is also one of my favourite cities in the world. It can be expensive but I wanted to show that there are so many things you can do for free or not much money. I hope to be back there one day soon too! 🙂

  4. It’s nice to know that you can actually go around New York on a budget. It’s one of my dream cities, because of all the TV shows that I’ve seen set on that city haha…

    Of course the greatest goal is to see the Statue of Liberty in person.

    1. Author

      Hi Marge, Lady Liberty is a beauty – you can take the 24/7 Staten Island ferry & see her for free or take a cruise to Liberty Island & climb up inside the statue & out onto the viewing platforms.

      I hope you can get to see her one day soon! 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks Stephanie, the Aussie dollar is even weaker! I love museums but my favourite thing to do in any city is just walking around the streets & getting a feel of the place 🙂

  5. Oh wow! I seriously thought that New York is an expensive place to go to. It’s so amazing to read that there are lots of places to see for free here! Thanks for sharing!

  6. AAAHHH New York is a dream city to travel. and never thought i could travel there with a limited budget.. I have to think moe again so I could visit there soon.

    1. Author

      And this doesn’t even cover all the free stuff on offer during the summer! Dance classes on the pier, movie night in Bryant Park, & Shakespeare in Central Park to name a few.

      Did you check out our free museum post?

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