Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in United States

THE 10 BEST Cheap Things to Do in United States

Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in United States

40 000+ places
Sort:
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.

1. Central Park

4.5 of 5 bubbles133 959
ParksCentral Park

camperchica
By camperchica
Lots of places to stroll and enjoy outdoor activities (boating, baseball, ice skating, concerts, hiking, yoga, music,...

3. Fountains of Bellagio

4.5 of 5 bubbles92 237
FountainsThe Strip

Moshe_I
By Moshe_I
So easy and fun to watch the Bellagio fountains dancing every evening, every 15 minutes.

4. Alcatraz Island

4.5 of 5 bubbles56 184
Islands

mathildeo429
By mathildeo429
Great place to explore while you are in San Francisco, take your time to explore each side of this island, great hist...

5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

5.0 of 5 bubbles55 216
Art MuseumsCentral Park

LeCharlesbourgeois
By LeCharlesbourgeois
On a rainy day, this is the perfect activity to do, as the museum is huge and offers diverse exhibits, for all tastes...

6. The High Line

4.5 of 5 bubbles63 031
Scenic Walking AreasGreenwich Village

saurabhprashar
By saurabhprashar
Amazing stroll through the city with a peek into the New York homes and life.Some great views on the way and chance t...

8. Golden Gate Bridge

4.5 of 5 bubbles49 833
Points of Interest & Landmarks

fraz03
By fraz03
Huge container ships and kite surfers on a perfect sunny day which is very unusual and we chose the only clear day du...

9. Broadway

4.5 of 5 bubbles31 810
Points of Interest & LandmarksMidtown

KB011
By KB011
The TKTS booth in Times Square is excellent - great to get discounted tickets and to learn about the shows!

10. Statue of Liberty

4.5 of 5 bubbles44 069
Monuments & StatuesLiberty Island

jonathancchan
By jonathancchan
The ferry ride is very pleasant, and there is a great museum and visitor center introducing the island and everyone w...

12. The Art Institute of Chicago

5.0 of 5 bubbles24 567
Art MuseumsDowntown / The Loop

231ikechukwus
By 231ikechukwus
"The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-class museum that offers a unique and fascinating experience for art lovers...

13. Grand Central Terminal

4.5 of 5 bubbles44 753
Architectural BuildingsMidtown East

R523IJsuem
By R523IJsuem
A must-visit for both commuters and tourists seeking a glimpse of New York City's rich cultural heritage.

14. Sugarlands Distilling Company

5.0 of 5 bubbles30 298
Distilleries

kristensG2221MN
By kristensG2221MN
Cody aka Amish paradise was amazing!!! Moonshine tasting was awesome!!! Loved the entertainment!!!! Hell yeah!!!

15. Grand Canyon South Rim

5.0 of 5 bubbles23 492
Canyons

MatthewJ566
By MatthewJ566
... desert view scenic drive, the trail of time, parts of the 9-mile hermit road hike, and the Bright Angel trail.

16. Brooklyn Bridge

4.5 of 5 bubbles26 039
Bridges

Stevetarn2014
By Stevetarn2014
Lovely stroll across Brooklyn bridge, it affords excellent views from different perspectives as you cross.

18. ‪Diamond Head State Monument

4.5 of 5 bubbles24 371
Scenic Walking AreasDiamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis

zencassia
By zencassia
Amazing views of Waikiki, great hike - go early in the day, it gets hot! Make sure you make a reservation prior, and...

19. Fenway Park

4.5 of 5 bubbles17 417
Arenas & StadiumsFenway / Kenmore

PowerTrippersTravel
By PowerTrippersTravel
The Red Sox also have a lot of great and fun traditions, like the crowd singing along to “Sweet Caroline” in the 8th...

20. Garden of the Gods

5.0 of 5 bubbles17 914
Parks

scottsZ5844LQ
By scottsZ5844LQ
What an awesome experience to walk/hike the grounds and be amazed at the wonderful scenery while getting in a good wo...

22. Millennium Park

4.5 of 5 bubbles25 143
ParksDowntown / The Loop

louief74
By louief74
Whether it's a laid-back stroll or catching a live show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the park is a must-see mix of c...

23. San Antonio River Walk

4.5 of 5 bubbles27 034
Scenic Walking AreasDowntown

gabi_kansas
By gabi_kansas
Enjoy walking along the (SMALL) river and enjoy the beautiful arched bridges, people watching, restaurants, and shops.

24. Lincoln Memorial

4.5 of 5 bubbles32 021
Monuments & Statues

SharonG244
By SharonG244
The view is amazing and the Memorial itself is quite powerful as a remembrance of a great man who did his best for hi...

26. Griffith Observatory

4.5 of 5 bubbles20 667
Observatories & Planetariums

PAboyinFL
By PAboyinFL
Griffith Observatory is a great place to visit for outstanding views of LA and the surrounding area.

27. Freedom Trail

4.5 of 5 bubbles17 825
Historic Walking AreasDowntown

Trek823681
By Trek823681
You can meander and take your time stopping and visiting some of the sites (Old State House, Paul Revere House, USS C...

28. The Getty Center

5.0 of 5 bubbles14 747
Speciality MuseumsWestside

kimberlyak26
By kimberlyak26
I met a wonderful group of individuals during a docent led tour ~ ask for Gail, she is THE BEST!

29. Ole Smoky

4.5 of 5 bubbles14 798
Distilleries

660parkerb
By 660parkerb
Sissy B was amazing!! Thanks for a great experience, the moonshine tasting is a must try! Hope to come back soon.

30. Manhattan Skyline

5.0 of 5 bubbles21 496
Points of Interest & LandmarksMidtown

FascinatedTraveller
By FascinatedTraveller
Best appreciated (for free!) from the Staten Island Ferry, we always enjoy taking the time to appreciate the mesmeriz...
Showing results 1-30 of 45,461

What travellers are saying

  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3 561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central Park is one of the highlights when visiting New York City. It's an amazing city park both in size and in the variety of things to do and it is beautifully landscaped. The heart of the park is the beautiful Bethesda Terrace with its famous fountain and the wide path that is The Mall. You will find artists, musicians and other street performers here. Other favorite spots include the much-photographed Bow Bridge, the Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon, Belvedere Castle for its observation deck, a walk around the Jackie Onassis Reservoir for stunning views, or taking a rowboat out on to The Lake. There is a zoo, playgrounds, an ice-skating rink in the winter, a carousel, a children's story telling program on Saturday mornings, a lake for motorized model boats that you can rent and so much more. You can rent bikes, go on a pedicab tour, or ride in a horse drawn carriage. Best of all, this is a place where you can just get away from the hustle and noise of the metropolis. Go for a walk, picnic on the lawn or sit on a bench and enjoy the sights and sounds of this amazing city park.
    Written 11 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3 561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The 9/11 Memorial is a poignant and moving tribute to the 2,983 souls that were lost on Sept 11, 2001 and during the WTC Bombing in 1993. The 2 large pools sit at the location of the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. The names of the victims are inscribed on the walls of the monuments. There is also a museum that costs $33 to enter but a visit to the memorial pools is free. This is a sacred site and while a visit here can be quite sad, I believe it is something that all first-time visitors to NYC should experience.
    Written 30 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Steel
    Sunny Valley, OR609 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The fountain show at the Bellagio is awesome! This time the fountains danced to music and turned into bird shapes. It was a great 5mins!
    Written 8 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • BOWLEGS M
    East Stroudsburg, PA32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    it was a great tour. very interesting and listening to the narration with personal earphones gave you the sense of being there in the cell with the inmate it was a great tour.
    Written 10 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • taramisoo
    Pensacola Beach, FL66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is fantastic. There are so many eras and artists to see. It’s well laid out and the employees are so helpful. It is clean and well organized.
    Written 10 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • GarryLee316
    Northwich98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is such a cool and different option in NYC. We hadn't been to New York for 13 years, so this was new to us and having read the reviews were intrigued and it didn't disappoint.
    So nice to walk around with streets to cross, looking at the views of some of the most chilled places in New York and lovely architecture and arts to boot.
    You can drop out at different points, pop to see Chelsea market for example or some of the piers or even Little Island like we did.
    Written 9 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Ashley
    San Francisco, CA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum, and a must see while visiting New Orleans. There is so much to see here so it was very overwhelming and there is no way you would be able to see everything in one day. The restaurant was great also, the only negative thing was that it was very hard to navigate. It wasn't clear which direction you should go next and I missed some sections of the museum because of this.
    Written 3 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Sarah G
    Harrogate, UK1 538 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk across it, or bike it. We loved the views of it on the way as we walked from Chrissy fields and then across and down into Sausalito where we got the ferry back to SF. One of our best days in SF.
    Written 6 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3 561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Broadway is the busy thoroughfare that cuts diagonally through Midtown Manhattan passing through Times Square, Herald Square at Macy's and near the Empire State Building and ends at Union Square after passing by the much-photographed Flatiron Building. However, in truth, Broadway describes New York's theater district as many of the best-known theaters in town are located on or near the street. Taking in a Broadway show is a must-do experience when visiting NYC.
    Written 30 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Joe D
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out, good tour guide very informed about the history prompt schedule, felt the earthquake with the experience
    Written 6 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Phil H
    Limoges, France16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well defined self tour with lots of opportunities for interaction. Great array of displays, but add ons and gifts were extremely overpriced as was the food offering..... 9.95$ for a hot dog!!!
    Written 6 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Irina
    United States11 108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the oldest and largest museums in the US, The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), founded on 1879, has two beautiful gardens -- North Garden (Sculpture Garden) and South Garden.

    AIC North Garden was designed by a landscape architect Laurie Olin, it was built in 1962 and opened to public in 1963. In the garden, there are several Abstract Art sculptures installed on the lawns, near the paved walkways, under the large trees. These are the artworks of David Smith (Cubi VII, 1963), Henry Moore (Large Interior Form, 1953-54), Alexander Calder (Flying Dragon, 1975). The vast grounds of the park are a perfect place for relaxation: there are multiple benches in the shade, paved walkways around the lawn --everything is so comforting and beautiful, especially in the warm seasons, when the visitors like to spend more time in the open air, walking around or resting, and enjoying the art.

    AIC South Garden is a true masterpiece, designed by a famous landscape architect Dan Kiley, and built in 1962--1967. As a grid-structure garden, South Garden is a striking example of regular geometry. The unforgettable centerpiece sculpture Fountain of the Great Lakes (1907- 1913) is a grand artwork by a world-renowned landscape architect Lorado Taft. The large bronze sculpture depicts five women, symbolizing the 5 Great Lakes. The sculpture is flanked by Sargent crabapple trees, and in front of it there's a pool of water with a grid of low jets. At the sides of the pool, in the raised planters with marble edges, there are sixteen hawthorn trees, their branches forming a dense overhead canopy. There are benches for visitors to relax and enjoy the whole scenery. The huge honey locust trees at the entrance to the garden also screen the garden from the busy South Michigan Avenue.

    South Garden has peaceful and quiet ambiance, and its beauty is mesmerizing. The garden was awarded Centennial Medallion by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999.

    I enjoyed visiting these wonderful gardens in early fall. The AIC North and South Gardens are perfect places to visit, to relax, and to admire the marvels of modern art.
    Written 5 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Peter H
    Fredericksburg, VA985 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Before my visit, I had heard on TV, that some very significant changes were being made to Grand Central. I’m not sure if I even noticed much difference except the iconic lobby area with the clock in the middle. I seem to recall this area being very open and spacious but now I thought it felt cramped. I don’t remember all the shops and cafes being in the iconic lobby area and the assumed domed ceiling was much lower? I’m having a hard time giving the upgrades 5 stars.
    Written 10 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Gavin R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trey was an amazing bartender! Couldn’t have asked for anything more from him… gave us an amazing assortment of moonshine and more
    Written 1 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • W & M Tours
    Tempe, AZ1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our group of visitors loved every minute of the Grand Canyon. What a sight to see. Seeing it with your own eyes, takes your breath away.
    Written 9 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
All things to do in United States
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire