New York City is one of the most exciting cities in the world, but things can get expensive. The cool thing is, there’s plenty of ways to go out and have a good time while not stressing that you’re going to break the bank. From shows to museums and restaurants, here are a few ways to have fun and save money while getting to explore New York City on a budget.
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I’m about to let you in on one of the ways I’ve been saving money while being able to see some of the most priceless works of art of all time. Standard admission for adults at the MET is $25, $17 for students. The MET has a suggested donation price, which means you can pay however much (or little) that you want for admission. When you get your ticket, say you want to give a suggested donation and name your price. I usually pay a dollar or two, and get to see just as much as someone who just paid for a full price ticket. You might get some dirty looks from the staff you’re buying your ticket from, but the money your saving is definitely worth any stares.
2. Broadway Shows
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If you get to the city early enough and plan on spending the day there, why not go see a Broadway show? Going to the box office in the morning for an afternoon or night show and seeing if they have Standing Only or Student Rush tickets. They’re as cheap as $35 a ticket, and you can always find ways to spend time while waiting for the show. This gives you a huge savings, seeing as tickets can run up to $300 a person.
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The Brooklyn Museum always has some of the most original and sometimes quirky exhibitions in New York. Right now they have “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” where you can see some of the designer’s works on display now. This museum’s admission is reasonable, with a suggested donation of $12 and seniors and students can get in for $8. The first Saturday of every month is free admission from 5–11pm.
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This is one of my favorite spots in the city. Going anywhere with a Happy Hour is always a good way to save money, but this bar has$3 beers and $2 shots from 11am-8pm. They also have specials for every day of the week. A margarita and a burger at 3 in the afternoon on a budget? Yes, please.
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The Skyscraper Museum is a museum dedicated to the architecture of New York, but has an exhibit right now called “Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District,” exploring the Garment District in NYC. One of the best parts of this museum? General admission is $5, $2.50 for students and seniors.
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The best part about Central Park? Walking around is FREE. On a gorgeous fall day there’s no better place to be. Lie out on the Great Lawn or just take a walk, either way you’ll be able to do something fun that’s absolutely free. Before hitting the MET, I usually grab some food from a street vendor and eat in the park. On Museum Mile there’s so many choices between vendors that you’re sure to find whatever you’re craving on a budget.