There is no doubting the fact that New York is an expensive place but that’s doesn’t stop anyone and everyone dreaming of going there. Even once you’ve splashed out on flights and an overpriced hotel, some of the biggest landmarks and attractions in the world still come with a pretty hefty price tag. Don’t fear though, you can still have a pretty great holiday in NYC, just follow these tips.
Eat Away from the Landmarks
Times Square and the surrounding areas are full of restaurants and the location and ease of access seems appealing but restrain yourself! These places are so overpriced and are usually just mediocre chain restaurants that can afford the jacked up rent of tourist hot spots. Take a bit of extra time to hunt down local favourites in areas such as Tribeca or Soho and it’ll really pay off, in both price and quality. Also be sure to see which restaurants have pre-theatre offers and take advantage of them. It may mean eating a little earlier but then you have the whole night to explore!
Take the Staten Island Ferry
Official Statue of Liberty Tours are one of the biggest wastes of money in New York, and that’s really saying something. While some offer you the chance to get off the boat and climb to the top of the statue, others simply sail around the island for a bit and call it a tour. If getting up and close and personal with the statue is your idea of fun then you might have to splash out, just make sure you book well in advance as these tours can sell out fast. If you’re happy with just a look however, just hop on the free Staten Island Ferry which runs every 30 minutes. You get a good look at the statue and the view of the city as you return is just breathtaking.
Buy Theatre Tickets from TKTS Stands
Located in Times Square and near the South Street Seaport, TKTs overs discounted theatre tickets on the morning of each performance. The shows on offer as well as the price deduction varies daily but this is easily the best way to snap up some great deals. Make sure you get their early though as they can sell out fast and be prepared to wait in line.
Spend Time in Central Park
Central Park is one of New York’s biggest landmarks so it’d be silly not to take advantage. It doesn’t cost a thing to wander around the beautiful area so pack a picnic and head out for a day of exploring. Get lost in the woods, climb the rocks or eat on the banks of the lake. There’s so much to see here that you could walk all day and still have plenty more left to see.
Buy a Subway Pass
Manhattan is a big place, and that’s even before you’ve considered heading to Brooklyn, and even if, like me, you love walking round new places, you’ll find yourself using the Subway more than you think. Getting an unlimited Subway pass for just a few days of your stay allows you to visit some of the less central attractions such as Coney Island, The Bronx Zoo and the Yankee Stadium without having to spend on a ticket each time. Just try and pack all of your Subway based activities into a couple of days and walk for the rest of your trip.
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