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How to see New York City on a budget

We believe some of the best things in life are free (or very cheap) when it comes to travel and experiencing a new destination. If you know where to look, what to book and a few budgeting tricks, being prepared with some key tips can afford you the chance to find free things to do, and soak up local culture at extremely affordable prices.  

Summertime is here; it is time for bikinis, beer, and best of all, travel. For some people, summer means a break from school, and for others, it’s an excuse for an extended vacation from work. Regardless, it is the most highly anticipated season of the year. If you make your way to The Big Apple and are looking to find some things to do in NYC without breaking the bank, we’ve got the best itinerary for you. From shopping to concerts, drinking and food, explore New York on a budget this summer.

From bubble teas, to shopping, bustling streets full of locals and tourists alike, shopping provides a unique experience for the budget traveller looking for things to do in Chinatown. Fish and vegetable markets scatter throughout the streets, full of mesmerizing Chinese architecture and gold signs in Hanzi characters. Dozens of eateries are present, as well as acupuncture centers and massage parlors.

Strolling along The High Line provides the adventurer an intimate experience with one of the most worldly recognized parks. Transformed into an urban park from an overgrown set of elevated railroad tracks, it has become a park that is famous for its artisan presence and breathtaking views. Food trucks surround the park, offering cheap alternatives to expensive sit down restaurants. Grab some food and rest your legs at a bench, enjoy the majestic and natural beautiful of the various kinds of plants, flowers, and grasses in bloom.

SummerStage NYC is a large concert series hosted by the City Parks Foundation that brings more than 100 performances to various parks across New York. The perfect place to enjoy a picnic ample with wine, beer, and food, the performances include artists of all genres. The majority of the shows are free, with the exception of big concerts which tend to fall in the $50 range. Concerts in Central Park during the summer can be a free way to enjoy good music, good company and the great outdoors of NYC.

If you’re a budget-conscious beer lover looking to find some local taverns, the Blind Tiger Ale House is the spot to dive into. With twenty eight beers on tap, countless bottled brews, and a hip crowd of young professionals, Tiger Ale makes it easy to get your buzz on in a wallet friendly manner. The bartenders are not only incredibly knowledgeable on the brews, but they’ll also allow you to sample some. Don’t be shy, take advantage of the all-day happy hour and enjoy the ambiance of this local hot spot.

The bottomless brunch party at the Sunburnt Cow, is a belly-busting opportunity to not only keep your budget in check, but to expand your waistline. The massive bar serves up some delicious moo-jitos and moo-tinis that will get you easily buzzed and amused by the preppy student, single, and young professional-filled environment. Manned by ball-busting, hard-drinking Aussies, you’re destined for a good time and a not so great hangover.

Besides, HI-New York City hostel offers great value for money and they also offer all kinds of guest discounts to help make your travel budget go even further.

This article is by Party Earth. Click here to get the inside scoop on the best concerts, festivals, parties, and more in your city every weekend!

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