With thousands of college students flocking to beaches, spring break is a great time to take your family on an exciting vacation to a spring break destination you may not have thought of: New York. While it may not boast the beach-ready weather that students look for during spring break, New York is reliably mild and comfortable in the spring. As with any trip, the further you plan in advance, the more money you will save. With that in mind, we suggest using the following ideas and tips to prevent breaking the bank while on family spring break.
Start saving money before you even arrive
You’ll begin digging into your budget well before you arrive at your destination. From flights, to hotels, to airport parking, you should be smart with the money you spend prior to getting to New York. When it comes to hotels and airport parking, you want to be sure you choose the safest, most convenient option for you and your family.
If you’re stuck in a downpour, promises of summer flowers are little consolation for spring showers. This time of year, it is especially important to pack jackets, comfortable shoes umbrellas. The last thing you’ll want to spend your vacation doing is searching for clothes and other items that you should have packed in the first place and that may not even fit in your suitcase on the way back!
First Stop: Ask Around
While researching online can definitely provide plenty of information, nothing beats actually talking to New Yorkers. Visit the experts at the NYC Information Center to see if there are any good deals available to help make your trip more budget-friendly. Additionally, ask your hotel front desk for any ideas or tips for your trip.
Anyone who lives in New York will probably tell you that the best way to save money is simply to avoid taking cabs and by learning how to take public transportation around the city.
See if an all-access city pass is a good option for your family. Many passes offer entry and other privileges into different tourist attractions. First, figure out which attractions you definitely want to visit. Then see if there are any passes that suit your needs. City passes definitely save you time and money, which will ultimately allow you to get more out of your vacation.
Around the Town
Plenty of New York’s historic neighborhoods are free to wander through and don’t require a lot of money to thoroughly enjoy.
Depending on when spring break falls for your family, you may be in New York just in time to catch an Easter parade. Parades are one of a kind in New York and provide free entertainment and excitement for children.
New York is an undeniable food capital and home to some of the best restaurants in the world. You can try some of the best food that the city has to offer without spending a ton of money. The key to doing so is to do your homework before you arrive. New York has many hidden gems that offer great food at good prices. There are also great local festivals and activities this time of year. Attending local events will give you a great feel for anywhere you travel to. When traveling and enjoying activities, you (not to mention your kids) will definitely need a snack here and there. Pack a few healthy snacks so that you don’t have to spend money on snacks while you’re on vacation.
The New York area is home to more sports teams than any other metropolitan area. Attending sporting events can get pricey, but if you don’t mind sitting a little further away, you can still enjoy the atmosphere of being in a historic New York arena while watching an exciting game. Also, look into buying tickets from user ticket selling sites.
Take a bite out of the Big Apple without letting the trip take a huge bite out of your wallet.