Explore New York City

NYC for Budget Travelers

Prices may be rising in the city, but you can still have a great visit in the Big Apple without breaking the bank. New York is full of inexpensive entertainment—pay-what-you-want museums, theater for under $10, books that cost less than a cup of coffee, and acres of beautiful public parks for you to explore. So whether you’re coming with a tight wallet or have strategically planned your splurges, there’s plenty for you to do.

Brooklyn Brewery

Located within walking distance of the heart of Brooklyn's Williamsburg area, Brooklyn Brewery produces craft beers like its famed Brooklyn Brown, and is open most days into the early evening (for real nightlife, head to one of Williamsburg's many bars).

TKTS Booths

Day-of-performance discount tickets for many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows may be purchased by credit card or cash at the four permanent TKTS booths in Times Square (Father Duffy Square), in Lower Manhattan (South Street Seaport, corner of Front & John sts.) and in Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium (61 W. 62nd St

New York Public Library

Exhibits covering literary, historical, philosophical and fine art themes are on view at the nation’s most famous library, the block-long Beaux Arts Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Hours: M, Th-Sa 10 am-5:45 pm, Tu-W 10 am-7:45 pm Admission: Free

Socrates Sculpture Park

Located on the banks of the East River in Long Island City, Queens, and with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop, this family-friendly public park is home to an ever-changing selection of large-scale contemporary sculptures and installations. Hours: Daily 10 am-sunset Admission: Free

Staten Island Ferry

Though its primary function is serving as a commuter ferry, visitors can take it round-trip to experience stunning views of New York Harbor. Best part: It’s free! Departs weekdays every 20 minutes during rush hours and every half hour nonpeak, weekends every half hour.

Grand Bazaar NYC

This year-round indoor/outdoor market is the largest in the city with over 200 vendors at peak season. Each vendor sells one-of-a-kind, rare and limited edition merchandise.

Vanessa's Dumplings

A go-to for cheap and tasty Chinese food, Vanessa’s has been serving up inexpensive fresh and homemade dumplings since they opened their first restaurant in Chinatown over 10 years ago.