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How to Do New York City on a Budget

One of the biggest misconceptions vacation planners have about visiting New York City is that it requires a great deal of money. While it's true that many of the five star New York hotels can cost upwards of a few thousand dollars a night, staying in such opulent surroundings isn't necessary to experience the exciting and stimulating atmosphere of New York City.

New York City is a wonderful town with many treasures and attractions that really don't cost too much money to enjoy. But, if you don't know how to go about visiting the city, then you could spend more than you would like. Let's look at how to do New York City on a budget.

Finding Budget Airfare to New York City

With three main airports and four smaller ones servicing the Big Apple, finding a flight to New York isn't hard at all. However, finding one to fit your budget may require you to be a little more flexible with your departure times. For instance, you may get a better deal on a weekday flight rather than one on the weekend. For the most cost effective flight, you may want to try a Tuesday or Wednesday red eye flight. Don't worry about getting in to NYC in the dead of night; you'll be amazed at how awake the city is!

Sleeping on a Budget in New York City

New York City is home to thousands of cost effective hotels which are conveniently located near many of the most visited attractions in the city. Some hotels, like the Hotel Franklin, offer significant savings at certain times of the year. The Franklin is usually $350 per night but visit NYC from June 26 to September 1 and get the same room for only $159 a night. Other hotels like the Chelsea Savoy Hotel and the Colonial House Inn have rooms starting at around $99 per night with no compromise in comfort.

For the ultimate in cost efficient accommodations, New York City has hostels scattered throughout the city. For the lone New York City traveler or a group of vacationers, hostels offer community accommodations for nightly prices less than that of a couple of pizzas.

Inexpensive Attractions for the New York City Trip on a Budget

One of the most famous attractions in New York City is one that doesn't cost a thing -- Central Park. Sprawling lawns, strolling musicians and artists and the gorgeous reservoir are just some of the reasons Central Park is so beloved by locals and visitors alike. Spending time in Central Park is typically counted among the top things to do in New York.

Taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry will provide you with the chance to take in the eye-pleasing sights of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Ellis Island for free! Speaking of free attractions, it doesn't cost a thing to visit Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square or St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Broadway theater ranks among the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. If you think taking in a Broadway show will erase every penny in your pocket, think again. Before you head to New York City, check online for discounted Broadway tickets. You can find tickets to the hottest productions at incredible savings of up to 50 percent.

Eating on a Budget in New York City

All this sightseeing will surely have your stomach grumbling before long, so where can you eat a decent meal that doesn't come in a cardboard box and also satisfies your New York restaurant dining experience? Give these places a shot.

A tasty cheeseburger with fries and a milkshake can fill your belly for only ten bucks if you know where to find this off-the-wall place. Hint: It's located in the Parker Meridien Hotel on West 57th Street.

The Havana-Chelsea Luncheonette on Eighth Ave. offers delectable Cuban sandwiches as well as other Cuban specialties for much less than they could, or maybe should, charge (thank heavens).

Satisfy your Chinese food cravings with the real thing in historic Chinatown's Great NY Noodle Town. With delicious cuisine and equally appealing prices, you can fill your belly and still have money left over for a slice (just a slice, mind you) of Junior's famous NY cheesecake.

As you can see, there is plenty to do in New York City while still keeping loyal to your budget! Finding cheap hotels in New York is a real possibility when your funds are limited. Don't let common misconceptions stop you from enjoying one of the greatest cities on the planet. Plan a budget-minded trip today and you'll be amazed at how much "New York" you can experience with only a little bit of money.

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