New York City and its lavishes can easily drain your wallet but it doesn’t have to! With a little bit of planning and smart choices visiting NYC can be very affordable. Vacationing in the summertime in New York City is already saving you money. Prices are dropping down as visitors are dropping out of town because of the rising temperatures. Vacationing on the cheap doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the finer side of the City. Pick and choose what you splurge on and get the best of both worlds. Here’s how to hit the Big Apple with a little budget.
New York Pass
Skip the lines, get in for free and visit all of the best attractions in NYC. If you’re serious about getting the full experience on your vacation this the pass for you. Pay once and done and the more sights you see the more you save. The New York Pass comes with a free guidebook with attraction information and insider tips to saving more money. Purchase the hop-on hop-off bus service to get you to all of the sights to avoid paying for pricey transportation and wasting time in the crowds. Get the most out of your visit and tour all the top attractions from over 80 offered through the New York Pass.
Speaking of pricey transportation, every local and visitor will tell you that taxi fare can get expensive quick. However, if you’re in a group of three or four splitting the cab could work for you. I wouldn’t even think about bringing a car into the city because you won’t want to pay for a parking garage or even drive in the traffic. Take the subway! Get a metrocard if you’ll be in the city for more than a few days otherwise grab a one way ride for only $2.50.
In New York City, the finer things in life are enjoyed. But if you’re like most, the finer things in life are what leave you broke. And fast, too. This summer is a great time for saving on fine dining. Restaurant Week is approaching and you can get a world-renowned meal at a prix-fixe price. This is a great chance to try a restaurant you would never dream of dining at, check out the restaurants and make a reservation. For whenever you’re not eating reduced price gourmet meals, eating on your feet is a must. One of our top picks for great food that won’t cost you an arm and a leg is Slide Restaurant in Greenwich Village! Delicious sliders, shakes and Canolli is hard to beat on a summer vacation! Food trucks offer up delicious food at amazing prices. These are just the places that locals stop to fill up and where you should consider eating one or two times a day. Your wallet will thank you.
Explore the Urban Jungle
Probably the best free things to do in NYC include exploring its many parks. Highline is a new park built along an elevated rail line on the West Side. It’s a unique walk among an old industrial site that nature has taken over with a great view of the Hudson River Not only are they beautiful and a perfect escape from the concrete jungle of the City but they are full of events of all kinds. Bryant Park will bring Broadway to the public at 12:30pm every Thursday for six weeks starting July 11. From July 23- August 18 watch Love’s Labour’s Lost, A New Musical in Central Park for Shakespeare in the Park. Also in Central Park is SummerStage! Check out all the shows, they range to reach the diverse communities within the city. Best part of all this summer entertainment, it’s free!
Museum Free Fridays
New York City’s museums hold the art, history and culture of the City and the whole world. Entry fees can be expensive for a view of fine arts though. Catch a museums when they’re offering free days! Fridays are a hot day for free entry with several museums participating: Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the Moving Image, the New York Historical Society and much more. Getting a little cultured is perfect for summertime when you need a little escape from the heat.