Cheap Ways to Have Fun in NYC this Fall

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

With cooler weather upon us, New Yorkers want to spend our last few weekends out and about before we go into hiding from December through February. (Not kidding – I really do hibernate). Here’s a short list of fun things to do this fall without breaking the bank.

Get into the Halloween spirit with a walking ghost tour
I recently experienced the “Ghosts, Murders and Mayhem” walking tour after spotting a Groupon deal for $12/ticket. Tickets are usually $25 each, but I’ve seen several deals in my e-mail lately so keep checking!

It was a fascinating tour through the West Village’s spooky past. We learned some eerie tidbits about Washington Park (some say more than 20,000 bodies are buried there), the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (witnesses report seeing the ghosts of those who jumped out of the 8th and 9th floors) and tons more. Our knowledgeable guide and the small group setting made it extra fun and well worth the ticket price.

Take day drinking to a whole new level at Bohemian Beer Hall & Garden, Astoria
With beer pitchers starting at just $16, the Bohemian Beer Hall & Garden is a cheap and lively way to waste a fall afternoon—no pun intended. The TVs positioned in the large outdoor garden make sure you won’t miss the game, but aren’t overwhelming for us non-football fans (yeah, I said it).  The authentic Czech/Slovak menu includes potato pancakes, dumplings, Klobasa and lots more—something to satisfy the most sober or drunkest of appetites.

Spend the day at Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden
The  $20 combination ticket gives full access to the museum and botanic garden.  Tomorrow, Saturday September 29th is Free Museum Day so the museum ticket fee is waived!  The botanic garden has over 10,000 trees, plants and flowers from all over the world. Inside the museum, you’ll find everything from an Egyptian mummy chamber to a more modern sculpture garden.

Enjoy the season!

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