Museums such as the Queens County Farm Museum, a working farm of 47 acres in Floral Park, NY, are one choice for you. Most places offer free admission on certain nights or days. There are even some that let you choose the amount that you will pay. Not only will you spend some great hours looking at exhibits, but your kids will learn also.
Other free or low cost choices are walking the boardwalk at Coney Island, ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, or strolling through Central Park. If you like walking and site seeing, you can take a tour of the many cool and historic NYC neighborhoods such as Ditmas Park and Greenwich Village and observe their beautiful architecture. You might even run across street musicians, free concerts, and other artists.
When you are ready to eat, you have many inexpensive choices. There are countless small eateries. For a fresh treat, try the market at Union Square Greenmarket. There you will delight in fruit, vegetables and gourmet foods such as meats, cheeses and fish. The market offers cooking demonstrations and tours as well.
Some people love history. You can spend a lot of time indulging history in NYC. Visit Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street where George Washington took the oath of office. Other great historical sites are Ellis Island, Wave Hill garden, Grant’s Tomb, the Statue of Liberty, and Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, overlooking New York Harbor. Almost all of these places have free admission.
These suggestions are just a small list of the many low cost fun things to do for recreation in the city. If price is a concern, call ahead of time and ask about cost. Bring your own lunches and be sure to wear comfortable shoes if you plan to walk a lot. With all of the great places to see in New York, you will never run out of things to do.