Want to visit NYC and not spend all your money? I’ve put together my top 6 list of things to do in New York City without blowing your budget.

Have any other suggestions for top things to do in New York City? Let me know in the comments below! I’m also taking suggestions for other cities to do a Top 6 Things to Do on a Budget Travel Guides for, so let me know where you want me to go next!

6) Stay Near Public Transit
You’ll save a lot of money by staying at a hotel or Airbnb near a subway or bus line. Public transportation in New York City is some of the best I’ve come across while traveling, so pretty much any stop on your journey is just a subway ride away.

5) Eat Some of New York’s Best Street Food
From the Halal Guys to Wafels and Dinges, I think New York street food is some of the best eats in America, and most meals will only cost you a few bucks.

4) Get Discount Broadway Tickets
There are many ways to save money on Broadway tickets. You can visit a TKTS booth to see shows at up to 50% off, or you can go to the lottery and get cheap seats to almost any show.

3) See an Improv or Comedy Show
There are comedy shows happening all over New York City, and most are seriously cheap to get into. Take your friends for a night out and save money while laughing your butts off!

2) Visit a Museum
Whether it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, or the American Museum of Natural History, most museums are free to explore with a suggested donation. Since you can spend hours in each of them, this is a great thing to do if your budget is tight.

1) The Highline and Other Sightseeing
Many people forget that one of the best things to do in New York City is sight see. And most iconic landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Times Square, and the 9/11 Memorial are totally free to explore!


  1. I've been there one time! when I was there I remember thinking that if someone were to slowly make their way down every single street by the time they got to the end there would be hundreds of new places to back track and visit lol


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