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Many people want to take a trip to New York at some point in their lives. The Big Apple is enticing for people of all walks of life, but a significant amount of people think a trip to NYC is outside of their budget. Before dismissing a trip to the City, consider taking an inexpensive trip that covers these attractions.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

If you enjoy nature or have a green thumb, you might like to make a stop at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Fridays before noon. Admission is free, and you get full access to a wide variety of flowers and trees. If you can’t make it on Friday, don’t worry! Adults can get in for $15 any day, and those under 18 and over 65 can get in for less than $10.

Talk Show Taping

Have you ever wanted to be in the studio audience of a daytime or evening talk show? Most talk shows are looking for audience members for free. You can choose a show you’re interested in and sign up to be selected. Just keep in mind that most of these shows are taped during the day, not necessarily around the time they air.

Carnegie Hall

Do you love live orchestral music? Carnegie Hall is the home of the most talented musicians in the world, and you can visit it for $10. All you need to do is show up at the box office for same-day tickets. They start selling at 11am and go fast, so you might want to get there early to beat the rush.

Drink N’ Draw

Alcoholic art classes are a trend I never thought would pick up, but people seem to love these events. Drink N’ Draw is $10 and gets you beer and a sketchpad, as well as a human model to draw. Not only is this a great way to spend an evening in New York, it’s also a great way to interact with some people you never would have met otherwise. Just be safe with your alcohol consumption and make sure to call an Uber to take you home.

Activities in New York do not need to be expensive to be fun. Before you move on to a new vacation destination, consider all of the inexpensive attractions you would miss out on if you skipped over NYC.