New York City remains a top travel destination for tourists from around the world, and it’s not hard to see why. NYC is known for everything except being cheap, and an inexperienced traveler could find themselves blowing up their budget by not accounting for unexpected expenses Instead of breaking the bank, here are some tips to vacationing in New York on a budget.
If you’re looking for a glimpse into the past
Taking a ferry to Ellis Island and seeing the Statue of Liberty up close is a must-do. After a ferry ride across the harbor, you can also bet admission into the Staten Island Museum, the facilities which processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants coming from Europe in the early 1900’s. Beautifully preserved, some visitors might be able to find documentation of their great-great grandparent’s admission into the United States.
For a casual green space
New York City’s Highline Park is a very popular spot for tourists. The 1.45-mile park features outdoor art installations, stellar views of Manhattan’s skyline, and the chance to stand above the honking and exhaust of the crowded streets. You’re also in close proximity to Hudson River Park, a great place to lounge around if you’ve been hiking around all day. The Whitney Museum of Art is also nearby, and there are outdoor exhibitions and room to sit and soak in the sun!
To snag a deal on a breathtaking Broadway show
The best thing to do is head to Times Square and find the TKTS Discount Booth. These booths offer extreme discounts on same-day tickets for shows which have empty seats. Going here requires some flexibility and a willingness to bustle if you buy tickets to show starting in 20 minutes, but you can expect markdowns of up to 50% for classics like Les Miserables and The Lion King.
To get a taste of NYC’s culture
Go to one of the many museums! These aren’t often free, so it’s important to shop around well in advance for deals on tickets and tours. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are some of the most popular. Most of these offer discounted tickets to students with a valid ID, but there are other ways to save on tickets.
Packages like the New York City Explorer Pass, the FreeStyle Pass New York, and the New York Pass are worthwhile purchases only if you’re planning to hit a number of the top tourist spots. If you want a more flexible schedule on your trip though, you’re better off looking for deals on the individual things you want to do and saving your money for food. There are so many fun and exciting things to do in New York, and Groupon can be a great resource for the best deals.
Written By: Matt Lawler
Matt Lawler is a lifestyle blogger, Internet marketing specialist and a graduate of Arizona State University. When he isn’t writing, Matt likes to enjoy the outdoors. He can often be found hiking, cycling or finding new ways to explore his home state of Arizona.