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Exploring Brooklyn in a Budget-Friendly Way

When you think about New York City, your mind might automatically go to all the glitz and glamour of Manhattan. However, there is so much more to explore! Brooklyn is a lively borough, and it’s easy to have a great time there even if you’re on a limited budget. Use the following tips to make the most of your experience in Brooklyn.

Find Affordable Accommodations

One of the main costs you have to factor into your trip-planning is your accommodations. By researching various hotels, you can find one that offers great service and comfortable rooms at a price that won’t break your budget. To save even more money, you might consider staying at a hostel in a dorm room. It’s a great way to meet fellow travelers!

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If you’re going to be in NYC for less than a week, check different dates to see if the nightly rates at hotels change. Some might be less expensive on weekdays as opposed to weekends.

Check Out the Greenery

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You might think of New York as being one of the most crowded and urbanized cities in the United States, but it actually has tons of green spaces. Check out the Narrows Botanical Gardens. This 5-acre park has lovely mini gardens, and it offers great views of New York Harbor. Admission is free, so you can visit at any time without spending a dime.

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is also worth a visit. This gem in Prospect Park is free on every winter weekday and every Tuesday throughout the year. It comprises 52 acres of gorgeous natural scenery. There is a Shakespeare Garden, a Rose Garden, a Cherry Esplanade, a Fragrance Garden, and more. If you don’t visit on a free day, expect to pay a $15 admission for adults.

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Eat Frugally

You don’t have to blow your vacation budget on dining at fine restaurants. While Brooklyn has some gourmet fare, it also has some mouthwatering options that won’t set you back too much. Be sure to check out these restaurants:

  • Barboncino Pizza & Bar.Munch on some delicious wood-fired pizza and sip on some cheap beer. You’ll be able to eat an entire pizza by yourself — it’s that good!
  • Tofu on 7th.This Chinese restaurant offers more than tofu, contrary to its name. It has some of the best dumplings around! Also contrary to its name, it’s on 5th Avenue, not 7th.
  • El Cofre.Cheap Spanish food on Clinton Hill that will keep you coming back again and again.

Visit the Museums

The Waterfront Museum Barge is a donation-based attraction that has tons of info about maritime history in the New York area. The Transit Museum in Fort Greene is another affordable choice. Admission is only $7, and you’ll get an insightful look at the history of the city’s subway system.

New York City is home to the rich and famous, but it’s also home to lots of budget-friendly fun if you step on over to Brooklyn. This gorgeous borough is waiting to welcome you!

 

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