Spend your first day in New York City in & around Central Park, including the incredible American Museum of Natural History. At night, hang out at Times Square & perhaps catch a show on Broadway!
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Check out our budget itinerary below, including a list of all the Free or Pay What You Wish museums!
Columbus Circle *
Start your day by taking the subway to Columbus Circle (lines A, B, C, D, 1).
This traffic circle has a statue of Christopher Columbus in the middle & is the official point in which all directions in New York City are measured from.
Surrounding Columbus Circle are the headquarters of Time Warner Centre, Trump International Hotel & Tower with its steel globe & the USS Maine National Monument.
* Free attraction!
Central Park *
From Columbus Circle, enter Central Park and explore the southern side & The Great Lawn – this is the most interesting & popular section of Central Park.
In the southern end, the highlights are Angel of the Waters fountain, Central Park zoo (sneak a peek for free), vintage Friedsman Carousel, Grand Army Plaza, Hecksher playground (largest in the park) & The Pond.
Don’t miss Strawberry Fields with the famous “Imagine” mosaic, a memorial to John Lennon who was murdered outside his home in the Dakota Building across the road.
The next section is The Great Lawn: climb to the top of Belvedere Castle for the best view of Central Park.
Then head to Conservatory Pond & the sculptures of Alice in Wonderland & Hans Christian Andersen nearby. Other highlights are the Obelisk (the oldest man-made sculpture in the lake) & The Lake with the Bow Bridge.
* Free attraction!
American Museum of Natural History
From Central Park, walk over to the American Natural History Museum, one of the largest of its kind in the world.
There are exhibitions & displays on humans, animals, plants, fossils, rocks, minerals, meteorites & cultural artifacts, to name a few.
Depending on the amount of time you have, you can either choose to race through every floor, follow the recommended highlights tour or pick & choose the sections you’re most interested in.
Entrance Fee: Pay What You Wish (suggested admission $22.00)
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 5:45 pm
Times Square *
Take the subway to Times Square & soak up the atmosphere. It’s one of the world’s busiest spaces, including up to 50 million visitors a year.
Be dazzled by the crowds & bright lights of flashing billboards – it’s the most exciting places in New York City!
* Free attraction!
Monday in New York Wrap-Up
*** Tip of the Day: Bring a packed lunch to eat in Central Park, so you can maximize your time in the American Museum of Natural History ***
You can follow this itinerary on any free day you have in New York.
Are you interested in seeing a Broadway production or want to know what else there is to do in New York? Check out our post How to Score Cheap Tickets on Broadway Rush.
This Monday itinerary is Day 1 of our ultimate guide, 7 Days in New York: Top Budget Itinerary – find out how to visit all the major attractions & museums in the Big Apple in 1 week for less than $50!
And keep reading to find out what you can do on Day 2 – Tuesday in New York City: Top Budget Itinerary!
Free / Pay What You Wish on Monday
Plan your own Monday in New York City around these museums:
- Yeshiva University Museum – Free (regular admission $8.00), 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Museum at Eldridge Street – Pay What You Wish (regular admission $14.00), 10:00 am to 12 noon
For a complete list of museums & attractions with Free or Pay What You Wish admissions, see our post Every Free Museum New York!
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