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    New York on a Budget: 5 Things to Do for Free




    Vacation travel is supposed to be fun and help relieve stress. Take some of the stress off of your wallet with these free things to do while you’re in the City That Never Sleeps - Opens a dialog .

      Times Square in New York is a popular selfie location.

      Times Square

      Walking through Times Square is not just for New Year’s Eve. Known as the “Crossroads of the World”, this vibrant section of New York City attracts millions of visitors every year. Friendly to foot traffic, Broadway is closed to vehicular traffic between 42nd and 47th Streets. The dazzling lights, bright screens and fun atmosphere make Times Square a fun family-friendly experience. They also have some great shopping like Disney Store, Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Krispy Kreme Flagship store… although it might be hard to get out of any of them without spending money on treats. While you’re all sugared up, take advantage of the free outdoor events and music during the summer and fall months. We recommend staying at The Times Square EDITION - Opens a dialog while you are in New York, which is easily within walking distance of Times Square.

        A lovely view of Central Park South from Gapstow Bridge.

        Central Park

        No trip to New York City is complete without a day trip to Central Park. With it’s 843 acres, this park is two and a half miles long and half a mile wide of pure nature and cool points of interest. One of the most well-known points of interest in Central park is Bethesda Terrace. This large plaza consists of two levels, and features a fountain that was in The Avengers (at the end of the movie, look carefully and you’ll see the angel.) If you are looking for a fabulous picnic spot, Sheep Meadow will do nicely, with it’s rolling grass hills there’s no better place to spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal. A cool feature for kids is the Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen statues. They were built for kids and meant for climbing… no need to tell the little ones not to touch! For something really historic, you can also see The Obelisk. Nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle, this artifact was created around 1425 BCE in Egypt. The Obelisk is unsurprisingly the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. If you are interested in staying near Central Park, we recommend a stay at JW Marriott Essex House New York - Opens a dialog .when you exit the main entrance you are looking into Central Park!

          Central Park

          No trip to New York City is complete without a day trip to Central Park. With it’s 843 acres, this park is two and a half miles long and half a mile wide of pure nature and cool points of interest. One of the most well-known points of interest in Central park is Bethesda Terrace. This large plaza consists of two levels, and features a fountain that was in The Avengers (at the end of the movie, look carefully and you’ll see the angel.) If you are looking for a fabulous picnic spot, Sheep Meadow will do nicely, with it’s rolling grass hills there’s no better place to spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal. A cool feature for kids is the Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen statues. They were built for kids and meant for climbing… no need to tell the little ones not to touch! For something really historic, you can also see The Obelisk. Nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle, this artifact was created around 1425 BCE in Egypt. The Obelisk is unsurprisingly the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. If you are interested in staying near Central Park, we recommend a stay at JW Marriott Essex House New York - Opens a dialog .when you exit the main entrance you are looking into Central Park!

            A lovely view of Central Park South from Gapstow Bridge.

            The picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

            The Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Bridge Park

            Located on the North Shore, Waimea Bay Beach Park is famous for incredible 30-foot waves (in the winter) and is a hot spot to watch death-defying surfing. This is not the spot to try surfing for the first time! In the summer the waves calm down a lot, but it’s still pretty awesome for swimming and snorkeling. Beyond the water and sand related activities, Waimea Bay Beach Park has stunning views of the North Shore.

            Spanning over 6,000 feet, this bridge between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights is one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Featuring beautiful, strong stone arches, this bridge supports six lanes of traffic and also has a shared pedestrian/bike path. A great place to view (and snap a few pictures while you’re there!) is Brooklyn Bridge Park. This waterfront park boasts a multitude of things to do, including playgrounds for young and old alike, several sports courts from basketball to pickleball, and even bird watching. Brooklyn Bridge Park has something for everyone. A great hotel near the Brooklyn Bridge is New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge - Opens a dialog .

              Enjoy a stroll and see the sustainable plants in beautiful High Line park.

              The High Line

              Founded by neighborhood residents to prevent the elevated rail track from being demolished, The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street on Manhattan’s West Side. In this beautiful raised park you can enjoy plants native to New York City, like crab apples, goldenrods, sedges, dogwoods, asters and so many more. In the warmer summer months you can dip your toes into the refreshing Diller - Von Furstenberg water feature. If you want to be face to face with the treetops, including magnolia and sassafras, walk over to the flyover located between 25th and 27th Streets. Art is for everyone, and here you can experiences art from exciting contemporary artists throughout The High Line. The INNSIDE New York NoMad - Opens a dialog hotel is a quick 15-minute walk from The High Line.

                The High Line

                Founded by neighborhood residents to prevent the elevated rail track from being demolished, The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street on Manhattan’s West Side. In this beautiful raised park you can enjoy plants native to New York City, like crab apples, goldenrods, sedges, dogwoods, asters and so many more. In the warmer summer months you can dip your toes into the refreshing Diller - Von Furstenberg water feature. If you want to be face to face with the treetops, including magnolia and sassafras, walk over to the flyover located between 25th and 27th Streets. Art is for everyone, and here you can experiences art from exciting contemporary artists throughout The High Line. The INNSIDE New York NoMad - Opens a dialog hotel is a quick 15-minute walk from The High Line.

                  Enjoy a stroll and see the sustainable plants in beautiful High Line park.

                  The Lion greets visitors at The New York Public Library.

                  The NY Public Library

                  Guarded by enormous stone lions, the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) is the flagship location and well worth a visit. Known for it’s amazing historical collections, this is one of the New York Public Library’s premier research centers. You can learn about the history, legacy and collections in interactive exhibits at the library’s visitor center. Treasure can be found… 125 years of historical treasure that is… in the Polonsky Exhibition. Some of the most extraordinary items can be discovered here. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building symbolizes the ideal of free and open access to knowledge, and welcomes millions of visitors every year. The Shelburne Sonesta - Opens a dialog New York is located approximately a half mile from the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, making this an easy 15-minute walk.

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                        Vacation travel is supposed to be fun and help relieve stress. Take some of the stress off of your wallet with these free things to do while you’re in the City That Never Sleeps - Opens a dialog .

                          Times Square in New York is a popular selfie location.

                          Times Square

                          Walking through Times Square is not just for New Year’s Eve. Known as the “Crossroads of the World”, this vibrant section of New York City attracts millions of visitors every year. Friendly to foot traffic, Broadway is closed to vehicular traffic between 42nd and 47th Streets. The dazzling lights, bright screens and fun atmosphere make Times Square a fun family-friendly experience. They also have some great shopping like Disney Store, Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Krispy Kreme Flagship store… although it might be hard to get out of any of them without spending money on treats. While you’re all sugared up, take advantage of the free outdoor events and music during the summer and fall months. We recommend staying at The Times Square EDITION - Opens a dialog while you are in New York, which is easily within walking distance of Times Square.

                            A lovely view of Central Park South from Gapstow Bridge.

                            Central Park

                            No trip to New York City is complete without a day trip to Central Park. With it’s 843 acres, this park is two and a half miles long and half a mile wide of pure nature and cool points of interest. One of the most well-known points of interest in Central park is Bethesda Terrace. This large plaza consists of two levels, and features a fountain that was in The Avengers (at the end of the movie, look carefully and you’ll see the angel.) If you are looking for a fabulous picnic spot, Sheep Meadow will do nicely, with it’s rolling grass hills there’s no better place to spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal. A cool feature for kids is the Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen statues. They were built for kids and meant for climbing… no need to tell the little ones not to touch! For something really historic, you can also see The Obelisk. Nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle, this artifact was created around 1425 BCE in Egypt. The Obelisk is unsurprisingly the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. If you are interested in staying near Central Park, we recommend a stay at JW Marriott Essex House New York - Opens a dialog .when you exit the main entrance you are looking into Central Park!

                              Central Park

                              No trip to New York City is complete without a day trip to Central Park. With it’s 843 acres, this park is two and a half miles long and half a mile wide of pure nature and cool points of interest. One of the most well-known points of interest in Central park is Bethesda Terrace. This large plaza consists of two levels, and features a fountain that was in The Avengers (at the end of the movie, look carefully and you’ll see the angel.) If you are looking for a fabulous picnic spot, Sheep Meadow will do nicely, with it’s rolling grass hills there’s no better place to spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal. A cool feature for kids is the Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen statues. They were built for kids and meant for climbing… no need to tell the little ones not to touch! For something really historic, you can also see The Obelisk. Nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle, this artifact was created around 1425 BCE in Egypt. The Obelisk is unsurprisingly the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. If you are interested in staying near Central Park, we recommend a stay at JW Marriott Essex House New York - Opens a dialog .when you exit the main entrance you are looking into Central Park!

                                A lovely view of Central Park South from Gapstow Bridge.

                                The picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

                                The Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Bridge Park

                                Located on the North Shore, Waimea Bay Beach Park is famous for incredible 30-foot waves (in the winter) and is a hot spot to watch death-defying surfing. This is not the spot to try surfing for the first time! In the summer the waves calm down a lot, but it’s still pretty awesome for swimming and snorkeling. Beyond the water and sand related activities, Waimea Bay Beach Park has stunning views of the North Shore.

                                Spanning over 6,000 feet, this bridge between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights is one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Featuring beautiful, strong stone arches, this bridge supports six lanes of traffic and also has a shared pedestrian/bike path. A great place to view (and snap a few pictures while you’re there!) is Brooklyn Bridge Park. This waterfront park boasts a multitude of things to do, including playgrounds for young and old alike, several sports courts from basketball to pickleball, and even bird watching. Brooklyn Bridge Park has something for everyone. A great hotel near the Brooklyn Bridge is New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge - Opens a dialog .

                                  Enjoy a stroll and see the sustainable plants in beautiful High Line park.

                                  The High Line

                                  Founded by neighborhood residents to prevent the elevated rail track from being demolished, The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street on Manhattan’s West Side. In this beautiful raised park you can enjoy plants native to New York City, like crab apples, goldenrods, sedges, dogwoods, asters and so many more. In the warmer summer months you can dip your toes into the refreshing Diller - Von Furstenberg water feature. If you want to be face to face with the treetops, including magnolia and sassafras, walk over to the flyover located between 25th and 27th Streets. Art is for everyone, and here you can experiences art from exciting contemporary artists throughout The High Line. The INNSIDE New York NoMad - Opens a dialog hotel is a quick 15-minute walk from The High Line.

                                    The High Line

                                    Founded by neighborhood residents to prevent the elevated rail track from being demolished, The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street on Manhattan’s West Side. In this beautiful raised park you can enjoy plants native to New York City, like crab apples, goldenrods, sedges, dogwoods, asters and so many more. In the warmer summer months you can dip your toes into the refreshing Diller - Von Furstenberg water feature. If you want to be face to face with the treetops, including magnolia and sassafras, walk over to the flyover located between 25th and 27th Streets. Art is for everyone, and here you can experiences art from exciting contemporary artists throughout The High Line. The INNSIDE New York NoMad - Opens a dialog hotel is a quick 15-minute walk from The High Line.

                                      Enjoy a stroll and see the sustainable plants in beautiful High Line park.

                                      The Lion greets visitors at The New York Public Library.

                                      The NY Public Library

                                      Guarded by enormous stone lions, the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) is the flagship location and well worth a visit. Known for it’s amazing historical collections, this is one of the New York Public Library’s premier research centers. You can learn about the history, legacy and collections in interactive exhibits at the library’s visitor center. Treasure can be found… 125 years of historical treasure that is… in the Polonsky Exhibition. Some of the most extraordinary items can be discovered here. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building symbolizes the ideal of free and open access to knowledge, and welcomes millions of visitors every year. The Shelburne Sonesta - Opens a dialog New York is located approximately a half mile from the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, making this an easy 15-minute walk.

                                        Sign Up for Costco.ca Emails

                                        If you are interested in great deals Costco Travel has to offer, click here - Opens a dialog to sign up to receive emails. This will ensure that Travel and Costco.ca values are sent directly to your inbox.

                                          Once You Are Ready to Travel, Costco Travel Can Help

                                          We invite you to take some time to browse around and dream of your next vacation, rental car or cruise, whether you’re booking for next month or toward the end of next year.


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                                            About the Author: The above piece was compiled by Penny Anderson, mother of two young athletes, and Merchandising/Ecommerce Manager at Costco Travel. Penny has been a Costco employee for 27 years.


                                             
                                             
                                             
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