She points to a list of museums offering free admission published by the local visitors bureau, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, which is always free, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, which offers free admission on the second Saturday of the month. There are free flea markets at Lummus Park on Saturdays and Sundays, and a farmers market on the Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach on Sundays for bargain food foraging.
If you’re coming to see and be seen, you’ll miss prime time on Friday night, but “there are way fewer people on the beach on a Monday morning,” Ms. Becker added.
New York City
Occupancy peaked in New York hotels in 2018 on Saturday nights at nearly 92 percent, a figure that fell to nearly 80 percent on Sunday. HotelTonight found that over the past two years, New York City has had the lowest Sunday night rates compared to other cities around the country, starting at $103 for the period between Oct. 11 and Nov. 24. By comparison, New York’s average daily rate in 2018 was $262.32, according to STR.
Arlo Hotels, which has two locations in New York, recently priced a Friday and Saturday night at the Arlo NoMad at $306 a night in mid-November. That rate held for a Saturday and Sunday stay, though if I booked a single night on Sunday, the rate dropped to $204. On a recent search, HotelTonight listed the World Center Hotel in the Financial District from $175 a night for the traditional Friday-to-Sunday weekend, versus an average of $168 a night for Saturday to Monday.
Subbing Sunday for Friday, visitors may be required to shift their expectations. Instead of seeing “Hadestown” on Broadway at 8 p.m. on a Friday, the show, like most on Broadway, runs midafternoon matinees on Sundays.
“New York is a little quieter on a Sunday,” said Christopher Heywood, the executive vice president of global communications for NYC & Company, which promotes tourism in the city. He also noted that crowds at attractions may be fewer and restaurant reservations easier to get. NYCgo.com maintains a list of free activities.
For all its leisure appeal, San Francisco is a business travel town, hotel occupancy figures suggest. Occupancy peaked in 2018 on Wednesdays at 88 percent, STR found, and fell to 73 percent on Sundays (Saturdays stand at 83.8 percent).