If you’re headed to New York City, a great way to save money on many top attractions is with a CityPASS. Available in major cities like Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto, CityPASS partners with several top attractions to bring you substantial discounts. This includes access to the Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
CityPASS offers you two options for the Big Apple, depending upon your length of stay. For longer stays, there’s New York CityPASS, with big savings at six attractions. If you’re on a shorter schedule, New York C3 allows you to see three attractions of your choice.
New York CityPASS With Six Attractions
The New York CityPASS with six attractions is priced at $136 for adults and $112 for children 6-17. While that might seem expensive, you can save 41 percent off regular admission to six attractions. This can include the Guggenheim Museum, Top of the Rock Observatory or Circle Line Sightseeing. In all, there are nine leading attractions available and you get to choose six of them!
New York C3 With Three Attractions
New York C3 is $87 for adults and $67 for children. With this option, you can save up to 35 percent off regular admission prices to leading attractions. What’s more, New York C3 allows you to select attractions not included in New York CityPASS. This includes the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) and the breathtaking Edge at Hudson Yards! With C3 you have 12 options to choose from, including the nine featured with NY CityPASS.
Reservations on either pass is quite simple by using the CityPASS Travel Guide. Currently most attractions require a reservation. However a reservation will speed up your time in line and you can guarantee a designated time and day. Your CityPASS tickets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning on the day of your first attraction. CityPASS also has an outstanding customer support group in case you have troubles with reservations.
Offers and upgrades are also available for special exhibits and additional access. Complete details can be found via the official CityPASS New York website.
Five Top Attractions To See With A New York CityPASS
9/11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10281
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum honors nearly 3,000 people who were killed from the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Occupying eight acres, the Memorial features two waterfall pools resting upon the location of the twin towers. While the Memorial has no admission fee, guests can use their New York CityPASS to visit the 9/11 Museum. Primarily set 70 feet underground, the 9/11 Museum holds over 10,000 historical artifacts.
Empire State Building
20 W. 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
Once the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Empire State Building is easily one of New York’s most familiar landmarks. With a New York CityPASS, guests can access the main deck on the 86th floor, which offers sweeping views. For an additional fee, guests can go even higher, to the new observatory on the 102nd floor! Either level provides incredible views of several landmarks, including Central Park, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
As America’s largest art museum, it’s nearly impossible to see everything at the Met in a single day. But New York CityPASS holders can see many of the Met’s highlights in a few hours. For instance in the American Wing is Emanuel Leutze’s iconic “Washington Crossing the Delaware”. Among other recommendations are Picasso’s “Gertrude Stein”, van Gogh’s “Cypresses” and Jacques Louis David’s “Death of Socrates”. If time permits, visitors should see the Art Rooftop, with even more outstanding city views.
Statue Of Liberty
New York, NY 10004
For most first-time visitors to New York City, the Statue of Liberty is a must-see attraction. Set on Liberty island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is among the world’s most familiar sculptures. With a New York CityPASS, visitors can make reservations for a ferry ride from Statue Cruises. Once on Liberty Island, visitors can take pictures, visit the gift shop or dine at Crown Café. Access to the pedestal of the 151-foot tall Statue requires an addition reservation. Also part of the CityPASS reservation is the option to visit Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Top Of The Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111
The observation deck atop historic “30 Rock” building is frequently described as providing better New York views than the Empire State Building. Indeed, with a much larger viewing area across three levels, it’s hard to disagree. Although the Empire State Building is slightly taller, the morning crowds are routinely smaller at the Top of the Rock. If that’s not enough, Rockefeller Center has other attractions to see. Specifically, visitors can see the famous Rink, dine at Rock Center Café or see an event at Radio City Music Hall. There are also live tapings of NBC’s Today Show at Today Plaza.
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