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oct 15 2014

Do YOU Live in America's Coolest Small Town 2015?

How does a town get to be named Coolest by Budget Travel? Ask Berlin, Maryland, which topped our 2014 list. The folks in Berlin didn't fiddle around when it came to promoting their town's coolness on our nominations page, on social media—and they even wrote a song about their beautiful burgh!

(Courtesy Worcester County Tourism)

What does it feel like to live in America's Coolest Small Town? Ask the folks in Berlin, Maryland. In February, they topped our list, edging out Cazenovia, New York, and 13 other finalists to win the 2014 title. And they threw one heck of a victory party. (We know because we were there!)

sep 24 2014

Get Ready for Free Museum Day!

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Visit the Children's Museum of Manhattan and more than 1,400 museums for free on Sept. 27th.

(Courtesy WalkingGeek/Flickr)

Museums all over the country will open their doors for free on Saturday, Sept. 27th, thanks to Smithsonian Magazine's tenth annual Museum Day Live!

While Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian museums are always open to the public, more than 1,400 other museums and cultural institutions around the country are following their lead, at least for one day. Here in New York, there are so many museums to choose from and admission can really add up. Choose from museums like the Children's Museum of Manhattan (normally $11 per person), the Fraunces Tavern Museum (normally $7 per person), The Museum of Arts and Design (normally $16 per person), and The Jewish Museum (normally $15 per person), among hundreds of others around the country.

sep 16 2014

Save Money on Off-Broadway Shows This Fall

Blue Man Group

See the Blue Man Group perform for less during Off Broadway Week in NYC Sept. 29 thru Oct. 12.

(Courtesy pixajen/Flickr)

You can save big on buzz-worthy Off-Broadway shows thanks to two-for-one ticket deals on select shows now thru Oct. 12th. Tickets go on sale today at 11 a.m. for shows during Off-Broadway Week Sept. 29th thru Oct. 12th.

Show options this year include Avenue Q (note: this show may feature puppets, but I assure you, it's NOT for youngsters), National Lampoon Presents Bayside! The Musical!—a musical Saved By The Bell parody—and 50 Shades! The Musical, based on the popular series by E.L. James. Additional offerings include Aire Frío, Barceló con Hielo, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Bedbugs, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, Found, Fuerza Bruta: Wayra, Gazillion Bubble Show!, Going Once Laughing Twice!, Here Lies Love, Hereafter Musical, iLuminate, Indian Ink, La Nena Se Casa, La Zapatera Prodigiosa, Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, Lips Together Teeth Apart, Money Grubbin' Whores, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, Olympics ÜberAlles, Pageant: The Musical, Perfect Crime, Scenes from a Marriage, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, Sistas: The Musical, Sleepy Hallow The Musical, Stalking the Bogeyman, Tail! Spin!, The Awesome 80s Prom, The Belle of Amherst, The Bullpen, The Fatal Weakness, Harlem Rens, The Jackie Mason Musical, The Killing of Sister George, The Money Shot, They Call Me Q, When January Feels Like Summer, and While I Yet Live.

aug 20 2014

Save Money With 2-For-1 Broadway Tickets

The bright lights of Broadway
(Courtesy Susan/Flickr)

It's my favorite time of year: Broadway Week in New York City, where you can save big on buzz–worthy Broadway shows thanks to 2-For-1 ticket deals on select shows Sept. 1st–14th. There are 21 shows participating this year and tickets are on sale now through the website.

jun 18 2014

5 U.S. Theme Parks Under $50

Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California
(Courtesy Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)

With Disney parks recently raising their ticket prices to $99 for a single–park one day ticket to the Magic Kingdom—Universal Studios is just as bad—now is the perfect time to start thinking about smaller, regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less. Here are five theme parks around the country where the daily price of adult admission is under $50.

jun 10 2014

NYC Foodies Will LOVE the Duckathlon!

(Courtesy of Action Against Hunger)

If you're going to be in New York City this weekend, don't miss the Duckathlon.

Wait, what? Yes, the Duckathlon is a daylong food festival that will take you on an "experiential journey" from farm to table. Presented by D'Artagnan—which produces some of the tastiest poultry and game meats by working with small farms and making sustainability and humane farming practices a priority—Duckathlon will include demonstrations and challenges led by top chefs and farmers.

jun 06 2014

Save Money and Time on Broadway Tickets!

(Courtesy of TodayTix.com)

I'm a theater lover, and I'm going to sound a little giddy right now, okay?

A new app, TodayTix, helps to take the mystery, expense, and lines out of the Broadway ticket-buying process and literally (I am not misusing that word here) hand-delivers discount tickets to you.

may 02 2014

5 Tips for Navigating NYC's Open Air Food Markets

open air food markets in New York City

If you're in New York City this summer, stop by one of the City's popular open air food markets and sample a little bit of everything!

(Courtesy Angela Brown )

When it comes to artisan food in New York City, summer means one thing: a myriad of open air food markets, [our favorite is Madison Square Eats, visit #MadSqEats for more info] where small batch food purveyors and local chefs serve up everything from ice cream sandwiches and wood-fired pizza to charcuterie and macaroons. But you'd better get there fast: just like the warm weather, these temporary markets only last so long. Here are five tips to help you fill your plate this season.

apr 16 2014

Don't Miss the New York Travel Festival

New York Travel Festival

The New York Travel Festival will take place on April 26th and 27th this year.

(Courtesy Michele Herrmann)

If you happen to be in the New York City area the weekend of April 26th and 27th, you won't want to miss the New York Travel Festival, now in its second year, and offering a wide variety of seminars and presentations by some of the biggest names in travel.

mar 07 2014

Spring Getaways to America's Coolest Small Towns!

Budget Travel's Executive Editor, Robert Firpo-Cappiello, with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams on The Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al."

(Courtesy of Wake Up With Al)

I had a blast appearing on The Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al" on Friday March 7. We talked about some of Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns 2014 as ideal spring getaways! (I didn't expect to sing Berlin, MD's signature bluegrass tune, "Cool Berlin," for an audience of 2 million!)

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