10 Fun Cheap Things to do in Times Square, NYC
1. Attend a free taping of a TV show
2. Get a caricature of Yourself from a Street Artist
The best souvenir is an artistic version of yourself at the specific time that you were in a place. Usually a camera picture is the best way to capture an image. However, a personally crafted caricature can capture the moment more uniquely. What were you doing? What were you wearing? How was your personality being perceived? All this is captured through the stroke of a brush, pen, pencil, crayon, marker, artistic writing tool.
3. Go chocolate crazy
On the corner of Broadway and 48th, you can walk through the Hershey’s Chocolate World and M&M store where you are guaranteed to go chocolate crazy. Several floors full of chocolate candy, chocolate memorabilia, M&M branded home décor and clothing and the most important, personalized M&M’s with your initials or whatever you choose to create at the moment. Eat your heart out!
4. Sit in Duffy Square and people watch
Duffy square is in the center of Times Square, designed for people watching, eating and gazing at the big bright glitzy billboards and flashing lights. This is what you think of when you picture NYC. Surrounded by food vendors, street performers, taxi horns and erratic crowds, this is the resting place in the heartbeat of Times Square.
5. Be a Photography Tourist
Not many places shine as bright as Times Square NYC. Go visit all the places you hear about in movies, on tv or in newspapers and magazines. Capture moments and snap photos of the Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, Empire State Building, Bethesda Fountain, Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Carnegie Hall, the iconic Roosevelt Hotel and the Flatiron Building.
6. Eat Your Heart Out
NYC is known for good Brooklyn style pizza and famous cheesecake at Junior’s restaurant. Junior’s has a location in the middle of Times Square that will knock your taste buds out. The locals often brave the tourist crowds just to acquire this $6-$8 slice of goodness. Junior’s serves 10+ varieties of cheesecake, including sugar and gluten free for those of you who refuse to insert this rich fluffy mouth-watering dessert into your body as is. It’s worth the diabetic shock to me! Guess what though? They even have cheesecake for diabetics. HA! Who knew? But heed your doctor’s orders. In the mood for something else? Check out Restaurant Row in the theater district. You’ll find a wide variety of options from Sushi to New Orleans creole classics. Sake Bar Hagi 46 has thee best Japanese Beer!
7. Save up to 50% Off Attractions with The New York Explorer Pass
If you plan to be in NYC longer than 24 hrs and you want to experience a lot of activities/attractions, get this pass. You have 30 days after your first attraction visit to use it. It combines attractions into 1 pass for 1 rate. You can visit 3 attractions ranging from $20-$70 each for $89 total. If that doesn’t suit you because you love exploring more places, they have pass options that you let you visit up to 11 attractions for $219. Let’s just say you pick 11 of the cheaper attractions at $25 each, you would pay $275 at the gate, where you just saved $56 with the pass.
8. Ride the Subway
For $3.00, you can explore NYC through the underground subway train system at any time, day or night. There are 400+ stations serving 27 lines in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. You can get free maps at any subway station. Pick a place, look for it on the map, catch that train and get off when the conductor announces your stop.
9. Ride the Beast
The Beast is a fun way to see NYC at maximum speed. This jet powered speed boat is like a roller coaster on water. For $30 per person, you can visit Lady Liberty in an extreme way. I do recommend you stow your hat, buckle up and wear nothing that you would cry about getting wet. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
10. Window Shop on Fifth Ave
Don’t do this with money in your pockets. If you take no money, intentionally, you will be successful. Otherwise, you are guaranteed to see something you love here. If you saved money to splurge for 1 thing in NYC, shopping is that thing. If not, stroll down 5th Ave and window shop.
Have you ever been to NYC? What are some of your favorite things to do for cheap? Give us some recommendations below!