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If you’ve ever visited New York City, then you know how expensive everything is. I am a native so I usually avoid the ‘tourist traps’. I also try to avoid tourists, but that’s a different story.
I have many friends and relatives that visit New York, and of course they always want to see the typical New York tourist attractions. One time my cousin was visiting from Canada and she wanted to go to the top of the Empire State Building. When we took her there, I found out that tickets were $54 bucks a person to go to the Top and Main decks. After I found out how expensive they were, I let her go up on her own while I waited downstairs for her. Yes, I was being economically sensitive and a little bit of a prick. I can go up to the top of the Empire State Building whenever I wanted too, but since she was visiting, it was money well spent for her.
After she came downstairs to meet me, she wanted to go to Rockefeller Center and go to the ‘Top of The Rock’. Tickets to that cost $37 bucks a person. As you can see, visiting these attractions is adding up quickly.
The next day she wanted to see the Statue of Liberty and then check out the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Tickets to both of these cost about $45 bucks a person. And on her last day in New York, she wanted to see the Guggenheim Museum which costs $25 bucks a ticket. She wished she could have stayed longer and seen more things. Maybe on her next visit. But after all was said and done, my cousin spent about $160 bucks on tickets to see all the attractions I just mentioned.
When you are visiting the City, it’s a must to see all or some of these places New York is known for. Don’t you just wish there was a cheaper way to see them all? Well there is but it’s too bad I discovered it way after my cousin’s visit.
It’s called CityPASS New York . If my cousin had bought one of these passes she could have seen all of the attractions that she saw and more for only $122 bucks! That’s almost $ 90 bucks in savings. And if you have kids between ages 6-17, their tickets only cost $98 bucks. That’s $ 95 bucks off of the regular price!
The CityPASS Admission Includes:
- The Empire State Building Experience
- American Museum of Natural History
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
How CityPASS Works:
1 – Purchase your ticket Online
Getting a New York CityPASS ticket booklet is simple. No matter how, where or when you buy, you’ll see the same huge savings and get the same price.
When you buy online, choose between receiving a voucher that you can print or having our customer care team lovingly pack and ship booklets to you. Easy as pie.
Vouchers couldn’t be easier to use – just bring your printed voucher to the first attraction you visit, and they’ll exchange it for your CityPASS ticket booklet. Just note that you may run into a line when exchanging your voucher during peak times. And, it’s always a good idea to bring your ID (attractions may ask for it).
If you’d like to have your booklets shipped to you, CityPASS can ship to the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and UK. They can also ship directly to your hotel in the US and Canada.
You can also buy once you get to the city. It’s simple – just make the purchase at the first attraction you visit. The team there will know just what to do to get you in as quickly as possible. Piece of cake.
2 – Using New York CityPASS is easy. Simply show up at the attractions with your booklets or voucher. The pros at each place will know just what to do.
Once you have your booklets, your party can split up and visit the attractions in any order you wish. And your New York CityPASS booklets are good for nine (9) consecutive days starting with the first day of use, so there’s no need to rush through the attractions; you can see them at your own pace. A CityPASS booklet you buy today expires February 28, 2019. A voucher you buy today must be exchanged for a booklet within 6 months of purchase.
With CityPASS, you won’t need to pay extra fees at the gate; everything specified in your CityPASS admission is included at no additional cost.
CityPASS perk alert: You’ll get to skip many ticket lines with CityPASS. Look at the tickets in the booklet for entry instructions at each attraction, and note that some attractions may require you to exchange your CityPASS ticket for an attraction ticket.
You’ll see there are several “option tickets” in the booklet that allow you to choose one or the other attraction. There’s no need to decide upfront which you want to see – choose when you get there. If you want to see both, many of the option ticket attractions offer admission discounts (see the coupons in the back of your ticket booklet).
The tickets in your booklet are actual admission tickets good for one visit (unless otherwise noted). You’ll want to leave them in place for the pros at the attractions to tear out. If tickets are removed, they’ll be considered invalid. Sorry, but rules are rules.
3 – You’ll love CityPASS. They’ve hand-picked the top attractions for you, so you don’t need to spend time researching. And with CityPASS, you’ll save up to 42% over regular admission prices.
Because your New York CityPASS booklets are good for nine (9) days, you can visit the attractions at your own pace—see several attractions in one day, or spread them out over your whole trip. You’ll be able to fully experience the attractions and still have plenty of time to explore the city.
And speaking of exploring the city, don’t miss the coupons in the back of your CityPASS booklet for great savings on things like shopping, dining, entertainment and transportation, plus discounts at many of the attraction shops for unique souvenirs and gifts.
Between the booklets and their online Plan Your Visit pages, they’ve got you covered with insider tips, the best days and ways to see the attractions, maps and more, so you can get the most out of your trip.
If you love your experience with CityPASS, can you share it with your friends and family? Tell them what a great time you had, or post about it on social media. Share your pics with the hashtag #citypass on Instagram or Twitter and you could win 4 CityPASS booklets to the city of your choosing. Or, post a review to citypass.com/reviews and you’ll be entered in their monthly drawing for $500! What’s not to love about that?
You Don’t Need to go to All 6 Attractions
If you are not interested or you just don’t have the time to visit all 6 attractions featured in CityPASS, you can just visit any 3 and get up to 27% off. So you only have to pay $76 bucks for adults and $56 bucks for kids between the ages of 4 – 12. If they are younger than 4, they can get in for free.
CityPASS is available in several cities across the US including, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas just to name a few. If I ever feel like being a tourist in any of these cities, I will no doubt purchase a CityPASS to save some money.
If you are visiting a city that offers the CityPASS, there is no reason whatsoever not to get it. You will save money and have a great time seeing all the tourist attractions that city has to offer.
Click here to get your CityPASS and start saving money.
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