How To See New York On A Budget

17 November 2015

It’s touted as one of the most exciting cities in the world, but a holiday to New York doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, the 'City That Never Sleeps' caters for all, not just the rich and famous. So we can’t all stay at The Plaza but everyone can see the sights without draining the hip pocket. Here are a few handy hints on how to see New York on a budget.

How to see the sights

 See the sights for less

If you plan to see most of the big ticket attractions, grab a New York City Pass for discount entry. Many of the city’s famous museums and galleries are either free or offer the option to pay what you wish with only a ‘suggested’ ticket price. Hop onboard the free State Island Ferry and sail past the Statue of Liberty, close enough to get your happy snaps without it costing a cent.

How to snag Broadway tickets

 Catch a show on Broadway for a fraction of the price

All year round, New York pumps out world class performances on Broadway. Theatre tickets aren’t always affordable but thankfully the TKTS Booth offers discount tickets every day of the year. Head down in the morning and snag fantastic tickets for that night. TKTS offers up to 50 percent off same day tickets for a wide range of musicals, plays and dance productions.

How to stay fit

 Enjoy a run in Central Park

Skip the expensive gyms or the latest yoga craze and go for a run across the Brooklyn Bridge. The city’s open green spaces also provide the perfect backdrop for a jog. Hire a bike for an hour and make your way around the lush landscapes of Central Park – keep an eye out for celebrities! On the other hand, you could also take a stroll along the elevated boardwalk of High Line Park.


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How to witness breathtaking city views

 Head to a rooftop bar for good views

Rockefeller Centre and the Empire State Building are known for their impressive observation decks but their entry fees will set you back a pretty penny. Try visiting one of the city’s amazing rooftop bars for equally enviable city views. The Hyatt’s Bar 54 overlooks the bright lights of Times Square, while The Roof at the Viceroy affords stunning views of Central Park.

How to grab a bargain

 Hunt for a bargain in New York

Window shopping along Fifth Avenue is a must but for those who would like to pick up a keep-sake or two without spending the kids’ inheritance, Century 21 is the place to go. This giant department store offers substantial discounts on big designer brands. Similarly, Nordstrom Rack gives bargain hunters the chance to boost their wardrobe with quality clothing and shoes at reduced prices.

How to eat like a king

 Find the city's best cheap eats.

New York is synonymous with good food including a host of world renowned celebrity chef restaurants, however the same city has a food cart on every corner. From gourmet bagels to bowls of steaming ramen, you can easily get your fill from one of New York’s hole-in-the-wall eateries. Grab a slice of cheesy pizza for a few dollars from Di Fara Pizza or devour the creamiest cheesecake from Juniors.


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Jessica Holmes

A foodie at heart, I love to travel to the USA and explore their expansive culinary culture. You’ll typically find me satisfying my sweet tooth in an American candy store, sampling macarons in a quaint New York patisserie or stocking up on American baking supplies.