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									New York Fun Freebies for the Family

New York City, other than being the city that never sleeps is also an
excellent vacation destination. If you're considering a New York Vacation
but worried about the selection or availability of great family
activities in which to participate, let me put your mind to rest. There
are many family activities in New York City that will appeal to all ages
from toddlers to teens. Some of these great activities are surprisingly
easy on the pocketbook despite New York City's reputation for being an
expensive place to live and/or visit.

There are many ways the careful planner can enjoy many of this great
cities attractions for little or no cost. Most museums offer free
admission one night or day each week. Check around and plan your trip to
that particular museum on the free days and evenings. Additionally,
several of the museums offer a 'pay what you wish' policy, which allows
you to offer a donation for entrance rather than having a set price that
would exclude many from visiting. Visiting museums are a great way for
everyone in your family to gain some cultural insight from their New York
City visit while the free nights make this experience rather easy on the

In addition to these museums you can also experience the technology of
tomorrow at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab at no cost or take a stroll
down the boardwalk of Coney Island. In the winter, try ice-skating in
Rockefeller Center. If you have the time and inclination Queens County
Farm Museum offers free admission (with the exception of special events
so be sure to check) and provides the family with a step back in time.

To really take a bite out of the Big Apple try the market at Union Square
Green Market. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables you will find
all kinds of yummy goodies to eat and drink. There are also many walking
tours some guided (these tend to cost money) and many self guided tours
you can take through the neighborhoods of New York as well as some
historic walking tours.

For a truly historical experience visit Federal Hall National Memorial.
Admission is free and you will be able to view American History at its
core. This is the place where George Washington took the oath of office
and our form of democracy was born. For any American history buff or
school aged child this is one of the must see freebies available in New
York City. Other national parks in New York City that are of interest
historically include Ellis Isle, the Statue of Liberty, Grant's Tomb, and
Fort Wadsworth. Each of these parks offer free admission to the general
public and make a great place for the entire family to not only visit and
enjoy but also to learn about our history.

Wave Hill is another great place to visit. This tour is free during the
week otherwise is it $4 for adults and $2 for children. Regardless of
whether you go during the week or on the weekend it is still an excellent
value for the price of your visit.

Of course this is only a small sample of the many free and low priced
things to do in this great city. You will definitely want to wear
comfortable walking shoes for the many miles your feet will take you in
this fascinating city. In addition to the many family activities
mentioned above, New York City is home to some of the world's finest
parks, which also offer free recreational and cultural experiences to
their visitors.
I highly recommend that you pay careful attention to try and plan
activities that are free and activities that cost little money with those
other can't miss activities in similar areas. This will save time (a very
big commodity when traveling around New York City) and the money you
would pay in transportation fees. Planning your trip ahead of time is one
of the most economical decisions you can make. This doesn't mean that you
can't be flexible if you see something when you get there, just that you
have a pretty good idea of the things you really want to do balanced with
the reality of the budget with which you have to do them all. The most
important thing to do is have fun!



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