4 Tips to Enjoy a Big City Date on a Small Budget

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Have a big city date on a small budget. Here’s how…


If you live in or near a major metropolitan city, you probably love exploring downtown with your sweetie. At the same time, you might be nervous about what this adventure might do to your wallet. Big cities are famous for their fun but expensive activities, and while you and your date might have Champagne tastes, you might have a beer budget. Fortunately, it is possible to have a wonderful time in the big city that will still leave you enough money for rent and groceries. Check out these date-friendly tips for enjoying a big city date on a small budget.


4 Tips to Enjoy a Big City Date on a Small Budget

1. Find discounted tickets to a play

If your significant other has always wanted to see a popular musical, turn this dream into reality by surprising him or her with tickets to an upcoming performance. Big cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia all have wonderful theater districts with scads of musicals. Instead of scouring Craigslist for cheap deals on tickets, visit a website like Telecharge; the site has tons of tickets available for amazing shows like “Phantom of the Opera.” If you purchase tickets ahead of time, you can avoid long lines and jacked-up prices at the theater. In addition, you can take your time browsing through the available seats and shows to get the best prices possible, and then rest assured that your seats will be waiting for you.

2. Search for free or low prices at museums

For art lovers, many big cities offer some incredible museum admission deals on certain days of the week. As U.S. News and World Report notes, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is free on Friday afternoons from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition, the Guggenheim on Saturday evenings lets you name your own admission price from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Other major cities offer similar deals; try Googling the name of the city you are visiting and “discounted museum tickets” to see what pops up.

3. Eat where the locals do

Instead of shelling out big bucks for a fancy-pants meal at a famous restaurant, stretch your date budget and seek out places that the locals love. As Kiplinger notes, food trucks are a great option for feasting on affordable and delicious meals. Or, as you are strolling around the city, take note of the smaller cafes that have plenty of people dining at tables on the sidewalk or have long lines out the door — these are likely to be great places to grab a bite to eat.

4. Find free-yet-fun things to do

There are plenty of classic big city activities that won’t cost you and your date one dime. If you are in San Francisco, take selfies with the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf, or drive down Lombard Street, which is known as the most crooked street in the world. You will probably have far more fun with your honey checking out the 200 or so handprints and footprints of Hollywood celebrities at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood than you will picking out pricey souvenirs in a swanky boutique. If you two go to the Big Apple, stroll across the famous Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy a picnic in Prospect or Central Park. Big cities also tend to have a ton of free events going on, from outdoor concerts to First Friday art walks and more.


As you can see, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy yourselves in a big city. Do you have any great date ideas for a small budget? Please share below.



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