This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of NYCTourist.com.
Enjoying NYC with Your Family on a Budget
When many people think of traveling to New York City, they think of the luxury hotels and tourist attractions in the “city that never sleeps.” While it’s nice to think about heading to New York City with tons of money, time and no obligations, that’s not the only way to travel to the city. New York City can be enjoyed on a budget, with a family just as much as it can being single, rich and free. Your family won’t want to be left behind when you head to New York, and with all the great budget friendly options in this city, they don’t have to be.
New York City Hotels
When traveling to New York for a fun filled vacation, you will want to make sure that you find a comfortable hotel room in which to spend your nights. There are rooms available all over the city and since the area’s public transportation system is so vast, all of New York is accessible from nearly every location. As long as you have purchased a MetroCard, you can see Rockefeller Center, the Theater District, the New York Public Library, and all five boroughs in the same day from any hotel in the New York City area.
Free New York City Attractions
Taking your whole family up to the Empire State Building can end up costing a pretty penny, but let’s face it, something like that has to be done. Save money for all the top NYC attractions and still experience New York City with all the free things to do here.
The Staten Island Ferry is totally free and fun for all! Enjoy the great views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline on a ferry that runs 24 hours a day. If you want a guided tour, there are also plenty of great boat tours in NYC that can give you similar views, with a narration that provides interesting stories on the city’s history, culture and better views than the ferry can provide. These tours cost money, but most of them offer discounts when you book online.
Museums are also a fun way to spend a few hours, or a full day, in NYC. You can get in for a great price on “pay what you wish” or free museum days, which vary by museum. Some museums are always pay what you wish, while others allow patrons to pay what you wish, or come in for free, for a few hours once a week.
And then of course some top NYC attractions are always free. Take a stroll through Central Park. Take a walk on the High Line. Go sightseeing (and people watching) in Times Square. All of these places give you a true New York experience, and you won’t go home without seeing some of the best parts of the city.
NYC Attractions Worth The Money
Discount cards and package deals can get you into many of the top attractions that you’re not going to want to miss on you and your kids first time to the city. Many of these discounts help you go to top attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, New York City museums, or Radio City Music Hall for one low price. A lot lower than what you would have paid on each individually. And if you were going to go to them all anyways, why not save a little by planning ahead?
When the sun sets and there isn’t enough light for sightseeing with your family anymore, there’s nothing better to do in the city than get comfortable at one of the Broadway theatres. Seeing a show on Broadway can get expensive, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. There are booths that let you buy cheap tickets right on the street, but standing in line with your family for so long is boring for everyone. It’s much easier and safer to find discounted Broadway tickets with great and easy to use New York City deals online to help cut the costs of seeing those famous shows. Many of the most loved shows on Broadway are fun for kids (and grownups) of all ages. Wicked is by far one of the most popular shows on Broadway for every single age group, and timeless classics like Newsies entertain from start to finish. The Lion King and Annie are perfect for the young kids who love to sing along with their favorite movies, and they’re nostalgic for all the adults in the audience as well.
New York City can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s easy to treat the whole family to a great trip in the Big Apple without spending a fortune every day.