7 NYC Trips That Cost Less Than a New Smartphone

Ditch the new smartphone and choose experiences and memories.

The competition for our attention is fierce; we pay upwards of rent-level money for any new tech toy that makes our social posts up better and selfies clearer.  Shouldn’t life be more about making memories? How about taking a trip instead?

Flights.com can get you on a flight to NYC for less than $200, so step out of those endless lines for the newest tech and check out these seven NYC packages that cost $1,000 or less.

A Night at The Opera

Always wanted to see an opera at The MET? Lincoln Center offers opera tickets starting at $25.00, so a sophisticated night out has never been more accessible. If you’re more of a jazzhead, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy's Club Coca Cola is an upscale, intimate jazz club serving Southern-accented fare and themed cocktails.

Take a stroll down Fifth Avenue to shop the iconic fashions of Valentino, Prada, and Zegna. Add a stay at the Nylo Hotel in the Upper West Side or Row NYC in Times Square with for an unforgettable getaway.

A Family Trip to Broadway

Take the family to the Great White Way for the biggest family-friendly shows this season. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Aladdin and The Lion King are in full swing and Frozen is opening Feb. 2018. Tickets start at $89 so The whole family can see more than one show and still stay on budget.

Classic Harbor Line (©nycgo.com)

Girl’s Trip: NYC Edition

Plan a getaway with the girls that’s packed with NYC exclusives. Is your SHE-tribe the kind that wants a cocktail and a manicure at the same time? Beauty Bar delivers the combo for just $10; or stop by Salon Ziba for affordable blowouts that will leave you runway ready for a night on the town.

Shop the latest trends in food, retail and design at Canal Street Market, find the latest foodie items at Chelsea Market and don’t miss Rigby & Peller for some ultra-sexy and luxurious British lingerie.

Paint the town red with your girls at some of the hottest lounges in the city. Visit Mr. Purple, a rooftop bar and restaurant that boasts spectacular views of downtown from its 15th floor perch in Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. The Press Lounge, situated atop of the Ink48 Hotel, also offers some of Manhattan’s most beautiful panoramic views.

Finish off a memorable weekend with a sunset sail on the Classic Harbor Line and enjoy Iron Chef Morimoto’s sushi and sake pairing package. The menu includes a sampling of sushi—nine sushi pieces and one roll—served in two platings, paired with four sake flights all while sailing on the New York Harbor.

Now if you feel like an extra splurge add on a luxurious hotel stay at the Viceroy or SoHo Grand to make this girl’s trip one to remember.

Top of the Rock

NYC 101: New York City's Greatest Hits

These are the NYC legendary landmarks that every visitor and newly minted New Yorker needs to see. Go to the “Top of the Rock,” aka the Rockefeller Center, and enjoy unobstructed views on the 67th and 69th floors and don’t forget to marvel the view from the 70th floor open-air roof deck. The 70th floor has no glass or metal enclosures, making it perfect for photos. Tickets start at $37.50.

Visit the iconic Empire State Building for breathtaking, 360-degree views of New York from the 86th and 102nd-floor observatories; tickets start at $54. Next up, explore the One World Trade Center building including the one world observatory where visitors can ride to the 100th floor in 60 seconds to take in the panoramic views and learn about the 500 years of New York history.

Get outside for some fresh air on The High Line, this free and public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on the West Side is full of eclectic shops and dining, Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge for iconic views of the east river and unforgettable sunsets, and visit Central Park for fun attractions and activities that happen year round.

Yankee Stadium

The Sports Package

Grab the guys and kick back on a sports fandom getaway. Take a short transit from Manhattan to Jersey to watch a game and explore the Metlife Stadium—learn some history about the Giants and the Jets or visit Yankees Stadium in the Bronx with tours starting at $20.00. Getting hungry? Stop into the New York Yankees Steakhouse at Yankee stadium and in Midtown for great steaks and cocktails surrounded by historic Yankees memorabilia.

Grab your favorite jersey and head to Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant, the premier baseball bar in New York with 2,500 autographed balls, hundreds of bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts. Keep the party going at Tír Na Nóg, a Celtic-inspired bar and restaurant with a giant projection screen and 16 HD television screens perfect for enjoying all the sports action.

Finish strong by grabbing a couple Davidoff cigars and heading to mash-up bar Barcade, a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic video games and American craft beer for some nostalgic fun—Street Fighter anyone?  

Eat Your Way Through NYC

For gourmands looking to delve into American gastronomy, visit this diverse epicenter and binge on Michelin-starred restaurants including Marea, La Sirena and Le Bernadin, and don’t miss James Beard award winner for best restaurant Le Coucou, for an old-world French menu.

Take a casual tour with Foods of New York and get an insider look at over 40 of NYC’s restaurants and specialty food shops. Turnstile Food Tours offers a taste of the streets of Manhattan on a two-hour walking tour that explores the past and present of New York’s street food industry and the challenges of running these thriving but demanding small businesses. Each tour includes generous tastings from some of the best food carts and trucks in New York City.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Join the Culture Club

Feed your mind and enjoy exclusive exhibits and installations at many of NYC best museums for less than smartphone upgrade. Visit the internationally renowned Guggenheim, which is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums with general admission tickets starting at $25.

Try one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” when you go on a tour with Shady Ladies Tour at MoMA.  This fascinating experience is focused on women’s art history. Learn about history’s scandalous, feisty courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort; the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X.

Want to see a life-size T-rex? Head over to American Museum of Natural History and go on a memorable anthropological journey. Learn about the evolution of animal life, the formation of planets and stars, and so much more. General admission starts at $23.

This article was written in collaboration with Flights.com as a way to encourage you to #UnboxtheWorld instead of that new tech gadget.