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Top 10 Things to Do in NYC for Under $50

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|by Craig Nelson |


Sightsee for less!

The New York City may be one of the priciest cities in the country to visit – but if you know where to look, it can also be one of the most affordable. ShowTickets is your key to budget bliss across the five boroughs, offering a wide array of affordable tours, sights and activities. Cruise around the harbor for jaw-dropping skyline views or check out the world’s most famous art at an iconic museum. Need more ideas? Here are 10 amazing things to do in New York City that cost less than $50.

View of the New York skyline from One World Observatory (Photo: One World Observatory)

View of the New York skyline from One World Observatory (Photo: One World Observatory)

Landmark Cruise
The view of the famous New York skyline is always better from a boat. And you don’t have to pay a fortune with Landmark Cruise from Circle Line. Set sail on a big-city adventure on this relaxing two-hour tour where you’ll see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center from New York Harbor. Buy tickets to the Landmark Cruise

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
It’s not often that you can climb aboard a massive aircraft carrier docked right on the Hudson River in Midtown Manhattan. Explore the military history of World War II, see a NASA Space Shuttle, a missile submarine and a fascinating array of historic aircrafts. With tickets from only $26, you’ll get a full day’s worth of attractions in one stop. Buy tickets to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Central Park Zoo
Did you know there’s a world-class zoo in the heart of Manhattan? Take the whole family to see frolicking penguins, snow leopards and sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. Parents will also love the price because admission is only $16 with ShowTickets.com. Buy tickets to Central Park Zoo

Sex and the City Tour
You don’t have to fork out millions for a Greenwich Village brownstone to live like Carrie Bradshaw for a day. Walk in the shoes of the stars of the hit show Sex and City when you sign up for this highly entertaining tour. It combines sightseeing, shopping and trivia as you visit the hotspots that Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and Carrie helped make famous. Buy tickets to the Sex and City Tour

Welcome to Jazz Harlem
While many of the city’s renowned jazz clubs charge big ticket prices and two-drink minimums, this intimate venue is kind on the wallet – and sits in the heart of the neighborhood that helped make jazz what it is today. Sit back and sway to the sounds of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday for a musical memory that will linger long after you leave. Buy tickets to Welcome to Jazz Harlem

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
One of the world’s greatest art collections is on view at the iconic Met. You could spend days, if not weeks, roaming the famous museum and gazing at masterpieces from Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Rothko, ancient Egyptian sculptures and more. And the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere is a whole lot cheaper than you think – tickets start at just $22. Buy tickets to The Met

One World Observatory
You’ll feel like you’re flying over the famous Manhattan skyline at New York’s newest observation deck — because, in a way, you are! Soaring above the city on the 100th floor, One World Observatory offers spectacular bird’s-eye 360-degree views that will take your breath away. Best of all? It’ll only cost you $29. Buy tickets to One World Observatory

Gulliver’s Gate
Did you know there’s a entire miniature world in Times Square? Don’t miss this amazing tiny landscape that sprawls across more than 50,000 square feet. Experience this fully-immersive attraction that takes you to the streets of Manhattan, quaint towns in New England, Europe – and beyond. Buy tickets to Gulliver’s Gate

NFL Experience
You don’t have to wait for the Super Bowl to get your fill of NFL action. Just head to Times Square! This heart-pounding experience is the next best thing to being on the field. With tickets starting at $29, football fans will feel the thrill of the game without having to empty their wallets. Buy tickets to the NFL Experience

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Explore the intriguing mysteries of the planet without leaving New York City. As one of the top tourist attractions in New York, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! surprises with oddities and wonders you never knew existed – and more than 20 interactive exhibits – for only $24. Buy tickets to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

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