New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but visiting with your furry friend doesn’t have to break the bank. You can enjoy the Big Apple while on a budget, and still have an authentic NYC experience. Keep your wallet happy and follow these seven money saving tips.
Skip the Accommodation Fees
There are many options when it comes to pet-friendly accommodations in New York City, but not all are created equal.
Many hotels or Airbnbs charge a nightly fee for pets, and that can raise your bill by the hundreds.
Luckily, there are many amazing accommodation options that don’t charge any extra fees for your furry friend. It’ll save you a pretty penny that can be used toward more important things, like extra treats or trips to the spa.
Use Public Transportation
NYC has some of the best public transportation options in the world. It has everything from buses, to the subway, to ferries, and even a cable car!
Ubers and taxis add up, and surcharging and traffic make them a hassle.
Public transportation is convenient, usually fast, and will cost you anywhere from $2.75 (the price of a subway ride) to nothing (the Staten Island ferry is free!).
The subway system and public bus, for instance, go to all five boroughs. Grab a free pocket map at main stations, or download the metro system app on your phone.
If you’re planning to stay longer than six days, buy an unlimited metro card ($31 USD). It’s good for riding all of the subways and buses you want within a seven day period. That’s unlimited transportation for less than $5 a day.
Check out all of the NYC transportation rules and options here.
Take Advantage of Free Dog-Friendly Events
New York City has gone to the dogs. There are so many social events happening throughout the city that are dog-friendly, fun and free!
There’s everything from dog trivia, to meet ups, and even holiday parties.
Check out our calendar of dog-friendly events. It’s updated regularly with all that the city has to offer to our furry friends.
Eat at Food Trucks & Street Carts
Some of New York’s best eats are on four wheels.
New York has a lot to offer when it comes to street food. Not only are some of the best food trucks and streets carts in NYC, but many will sell you an amazing dish for around $6. Plus, you can find all kinds of cuisine, from tacos to waffles.
Walk up to a cart, grab some grub, and eat it on the go or on a nearby bench. Dogs welcome!
Our favorites include Halal Guys (their original cart is on 53rd and 6th avenue), Uncle Gussy’s (51st street and Park), and Mister Softee (found all throughout the city).
Bonus: Many $1 pizza joints have walk up windows where you can get a piping hot New York slice for less than the price of a subway ride. Try it!
BYO Water Bottle
Buying water at NYC tourist attractions can cost you a pretty penny. One bottle can cost upwards of $3. But water is a necessity – you’ll need to stay hydrated while exploring the city, and so will your dog.
Bring your own reusable water bottle and fill up at your hotel, in Starbucks, or from public fountains. NYC tap water is safe to drink, and it tastes great! The environment will thank you.
Take a Free Tour
Free Tours by Foot offers an array of tours, including walking tours, food tours, Brooklyn tours, and self guided tours. They run daily tours all throughout the city, with a pay-what-you-wish model.
Big Apple Greeters tours are given by volunteers who want to share their love of the city with visitors. There is a no tipping policy, and the tours are given by real New Yorkers. You can request a Greeter online, but need to put in your request at least three to four weeks in advance.
The Grand Tour is a free, weekly, no-reservations-required walking tour of the Grand Central neighborhood. This 90 minute guided walking tour runs every Friday throughout the year, starting at 12:30pm at the sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue.
The Central Park Conservancy runs a full range of free and paid tours throughout the year. They also offer great, self-guided tour options, complete with celebrity audio guides.
Burn Energy at the Park
There’s no need for doggy day care to burn your pup’s energy. Head to one of the many public parks in the city.
There are over 60 official dog parks scattered across all five boroughs. Dog runs are fenced-in areas where your dog can run and play off-leash.
If your dog is well trained, you might also enjoy off-leash hours at NYC parks, including dog heavens like Central Park and Prospect Park. Off-leash hours usually last from the time the park opens until 9:00 a.m., and from 9:00 p.m. until the park closes.
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