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It’s no surprise that New York City can be an expensive place to visit, especially because there are so many things to see. There’s no reason why you should skip seeing places you’ve dreamed of because the cost of admission will take a big bite out of your budget. That’s why we’ve hunted down multiple ways to save money visiting some of the top sites so that you can take a bite of the Big Apple without busting your budget.
This list contains links to discounts, deals, coupons, and sites that often have promotional (‘promo”) codes that can save you 25% and more on tourist attractions!
If you are getting a tourist pass such as the CityPass, New York Pass and Explorer Pass some of these attractions are included. If you aren’t sure about getting a pass see our post Which New York City tourist pass is right for you. You may find that pass or card will save you tons of money if you are interested in the activities and attractions they offer.
If you decide not to purchase a tourist card or pass, click on the link to the attraction you are interested in to find out several ways you can save you a much as 25% – 35% on cost of admission –and in some cases pay nothing at all!
TIP: For more information on enjoying New York City on a limited budget see our post Guide to New York on a Budget on how to stretch your dollar by spending smart!
This museum housed in a genuine aircraft carrier and located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, this is one of the America’s premier sea, air, and space museum that and showcases old and new warplanes, the Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. It’s an absolutely amazing museum to visit. Save as much as 35%.
You’ll see everything from the great stage to its famous amazing hydraulic elevators and meet a Rockette. You’ll learn about the history of Radio City Music Hall while viewing the beautiful art deco interior as well as the long list of famous personalities that have graced its stage. Save between 20-35%.
This attraction known around the world introduces you to the weird to the wonderful. More than 500 real artifacts, wildly fun interactive experiences, and twenty themed galleries of strange and fascinating objects. Save 20%-30%.
More than 200 famous people – Oscar winners, sports champions, newsmakers, pop goddesses, historical figures – encounter music greats and titans of industry, television, politics and music. A fun but also a surprisingly educational tour of American popular culture in an amusement like environment. Discounts of up to 20%.
The AMNH is all about adventures and exploration, creatures that roam the Earth, and the mysteries of outer space. If you purchase a Tourist Pass you can save up to 45%. Without a pass, check discounts sites like Groupon and Living Social for discounted tickets when available. And a secret to be shared: The AMNH has a suggested admission price of Adult $22 / Child (2-12) $12.50 / Senior & Student $17. But you can pay as little $1 and gain entrance. Entrance includes all 45 halls of the museum as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. To take advantage of paying less than suggested admission you must buy your tickets at the museum.
These tours allow you to take a look inside of the venues where the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera perform. See these magnificent spaces for yourself and learn about their history. Save as much as 25%.
Visit exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history in the 75 minute tour. Free admission with the purchase of an Explorer Pass or New York Pass. Without a pass, you can still save up to 20%
Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. For art lovers, this museum is not to be missed. You can save big by going on Free Fridays at MoMA. Other deals or packages can save you up from 20-40%.
As the world’s largest urban zoo, the Bronx Zoo has over 7,000 creatures including more than 600 species! Meet many of them at the Monkey House, Jungle World, and the World of Darkness. For a 100% discount visit on Wednesdays when admission is “Suggested Donation Day”. Other discounts are available to members of the military or AAA members. Again, check sites like Groupon or LivingSocial for special offers.