New York City has so many great places to see, but Broadway is definitely among the top attractions. This world famous theater district is known for its wonderful historic theatres and as the home of the most celebrated shows. Nothing can match the thrill of live theatre!
There are so many choices and usually Broadway tickets can take a big bite out of your travel budget, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a show. There are ways to get big discounts.
One of the most popular ways to get discount tickets for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions is at the TKTS booths. There is a $4 per ticket service charge that goes to support the Theatre Development Fund, the non-profit that operates the TKTS Booths. Tickets are available for same-day performances and can be discounted up to 50% off the full ticket price.
TKTS posts the available shows on marquees outside their ticket booth and Broadway shows available at the TKTS booths are always changing from day to day and hour to hour. There are often tickets released to them right before the shows open at 8 p.m. The Times Square location of TKTS is listed as "under the red steps" in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street.
In addition, you can sometimes get Rush Tickets which are available the same day of a performance, typically for around $25 at a show’s box office with some reserved especially for seniors and students.
Make your day or night at the theatre a real celebration with a meal at one of the hundreds of restaurants on and around Broadway. Many restaurants in the Theatre District offer a fixed price multi-course menu, and you can find a cuisine to please any palate! Check out a Broadway restaurant review site to help you make a choice or ask a local for a recommendation.
While using credit and debit cards is common in most of the country, many small interesting eateries in New York City especially around Times Square have a cash only policy. No credit cards or debit cards are accepted, but you as a tourist should not carry around large amounts of money either. So, strike a sensible balance between cash and plastic.
No matter what you decide to put on your itinerary while in Manhattan (Broadway) — DO NOT plan to drive a car to get around. The only thing worse than fighting traffic anywhere in New York City is trying to get a legal parking spot, especially one close to where you want to go. Many of the locals do not even own a car because of the notorious parking problems.
Don't be afraid of the subway if you are a tourist in New York City. It's an easy way to travel, especially in Manhattan. Other alternatives are taxis and walking.
Walking can be a very enjoyable way to take in the scenery and culture, but expect panhandlers and have a strategy before you go to decide how you will deal with them and other people on the streets asking for money. They are a fact of life in New York City, for some this is their full-time job. So don’t let it bother you, just have a plan and stick to it — whether that means giving money or completely ignoring them, whatever you choose is fine.
Location/Map: Broadway, New York, NY 10019