With the weather finally feeling more like spring, why not spend a day in the Big Apple? Roughly a three hour drive or Amtrak trip down the east coast, one can easily spend a long day or short weekend in New York City.

There are multiple museums, galleries, exhibits and tourist attractions in Manhattan and would be impossible to do them all in a lifetime, let alone a weekend. However, a few major museums such as Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), are all well worth the trip. Most of the museums have student prices, so while you’re still a student be sure to take advantage of cheap tickets!

The MoMA is currently hosting an exhibit on modern photography, which is a collection from the Thomas Walther Collection. This collection includes German photographers from 1909 to 1949. MoMA also is having an exhibit, ‘Scenes of New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection’, which includes arts and ideas from the last three decades with artist using ranges of current local landscape, and political and social approaches to shape the global landscape. MoMA is $14 with student ID.

The American Museum of Natural History of course has the famous T – Rex as soon you walk into the museum. Currently there is the ‘Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters exhibit’, which focuses on earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes. This exhibit focuses on how natural disasters occur and why. The American Museum of Natural History is $17 for a student with a valid ID.

The Met is one of the largest museums in Manhattan. It is world famous for works of art from European masters and from American and Modern art. There are multiple exhibits the museum including African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine and Islamic art. Within all of these exhibits are specialized exhibits such as Tullio Lombardo’s ‘Adam: A Masterpiece Restored’, which includes monumental complex sculptures. Or the ‘Warriors and Mothers’ exhibit of Epic Mbembe Art that includes sculpture of wood carvers from Nigeria. The Met is $12 per student with valid ID, however museum admission is based on recommended paying price, which means you have the option of choosing how much to pay.

Like many major cities, dining in New York is tough on the wallet. However, the restaurant at MoMA is relatively cheap for delicious food and a unique atmosphere. If you are looking for a quick snack, though, Levain Bakery is the place to get some of the best cookies of your life! Of course, you can’t pass up a classic slice of New York City pizza, so stop by John’s if you’re looking to indulge.

Staying in NYC is also something that does not come cheap. Staying with a friend or relative is honestly the best way to go, as city prices do not help any college student. The Pod Hotel chain is something to consider though if you are in need of a clean, safe place to stay for a night in Manhattan. If you plan in advance, Airbnb is a way to rent rooms or entire apartments from people on vacation at a low cost.  Anywhere you do choose to stay, make sure you check out the reviews, prices and location before you go. You would not want to get there and realize it is not a safe place. As always, be conscious of safety in a big city like New York, and remember it’s always safer to travel with a friend!