Consider buying a CityPass, a group of tickets to six top-notch attractions in New York: the Empire State Building, the Guggenheim Museum or Top of the Rock, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (including the Cloisters), and Circle Line Cruises or admission to Liberty and Ellis islands. The $109 pass, which saves you almost half the cost of each individual ticket (and all that time on ticket lines), is good for nine days from first use.

Sign up for social discount shopping sites like Groupon, Gilt City, Amazon Local, and LivingSocial a month before your visit to New York to score discounts on everything from trendy restaurants and clubs to beauty treatments and attractions.