Written by special contributor, Hayley Jennings
New York City attracts more visitors than any other city in the US, which, when you think about it, is quite an achievement. Visiting New York is not cheap, however. A week-long vacation in the city can easily cost more than $4,000 when you factor in the cost of accommodation, travel, and food.
But, with that said, there are all sorts of ways that you can bring the cost of your next trip down, enjoy much of what the city has to offer, and keep your bank account in good shape.
Take Advantage Of The Free Statue Of Liberty Cruise
The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most famous landmark in all of New York. Nearly twice the age of the Empire State Building, the statue, originally gifted by the French, is a reminder of the freedom that America stands for.
Going on a regular cruise of the Statue of Liberty will cost you about $28.50. The ferry which sets off from Lower Manhattan takes tourists past the island where the statue is situated and the East River, providing spectacular views. However, there is another way of catching a glimpse of the statue without having to splash out on a separate ticket.
If you’re staying on Staten Island (one of the cheaper boroughs for accommodation), then you can hop on the Staten Island ferry for as little as $25, get a trip to Manhattan island, and ogle the Statue of Liberty at the same time. It’s a double-whammy that could save you a lot of money.
Go To A Discount Show
If you’re visiting New York, it’s almost against the law not to attend a Broadway show. But as anyone who has been to Broadway before knows, tickets can be expensive. The good news is that there are a variety of vendors offering discount Broadway tickets for specific shows. You might not be able to get money off the exact show you want to see, but with so many options of what to watch during your stay, you’re almost spoiled for choice.
Do All The Free Stuff
New York, as a thriving metropolis, offers several tourist sites that are both spectacular and free to visit.
Central Park is, of course, free. And it plays host to live entertainment that anybody can just turn up and watch. If you fancy doing something more active, you can head over to the Hudson River and grab a free 20-minute kayak lesson (or pay for one that’s a little longer). And you can go on a free walking tour with a resident Big Apple guide of some of the most interesting parts of the city, including Soho and Chinatown.
Go to a Yankees game Midweek
Watching the Yankees baseball team is never free. But if you go midweek, you could save a lot of money off your ticket price. Midweek Yankees tickets can go for as little as $20, so book in advance to take advantage of discounts. If you’re not a fan of baseball, you can still catch a range of other sports on weekdays for cheap.