They say New York is the city that never sleeps. But come nighttime, most tourists would be too spent to do anything but sleep soundly. The place just has too many attractions that it would take several days before you could set foot in them all. Then there’s the matter of deciding where to go to first — and if you’re the typical tourist, you would also be debating which attractions would provide the most bang for the buck.
Thankfully, New York is one of America’s major cities that attempt to solve these last two problems. With the CityPASS, you can gain VIP access to five of the Big Apple’s most famous destinations, at just 60% of the regular price.
Here’s a roundup of these places.
The Empire State Building.
The New York CityPASS lets you access the most iconic figure in the New York skyline. Get to experience the magnificent view from its 86th floor observatory. As a plus, you get to have a same-night general admission to the building.
American Museum of Natural History.
Aside from the regular admission to the museum and its Center for Earth and Space, you also get to see the Space Show on its giant screen. This 3D experience itself is worth the price of admission.
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Normally, you would have to wait some time before getting into this famous museum. With the CityPASS, you get to skip ahead of everyone else. You also get same-day admission to the Met Cloisters and the Met Breuer, the perfect repositories of medieval and contemporary art.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck / Guggenheim Museum.
From hereon, the route splits. Would you rather continue admiring the city’s sizable art collection at the Guggenheim? Perhaps you missed the Empire State thrill and would like to have it again at the Top of the Rock’s 70-storey-high observation deck. The choice is yours.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island / Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise.
Here is another choice to make. Perhaps you would like to see the iconic statue and Ellis Island immigration museum. Or, would you like to take one of three cruises that take you through a whirlwind trip of the rest of New York? The choice is yours, and CityPASS lets you be flexible with your route. I chose to do the Statue of Libery and Ellis Island—- It was worth it.
Indeed, the CityPASS is the best option for those just visiting New York for the first time. It only costs $116 for all the five attractions — $78 less than if you buy separate tickets. The CityPASS booklets can be ordered as a voucher online, and they can also be purchased once you’re in the city itself. All you have to do is present a valid ID.
You’re not restricted in the order of visiting the attractions, either. You can visit them in any order. You don’t have to rush, either — the ticket booklet is valid up to nine days from the date of first use.
The Big Apple is a remarkable place, and its CityPASS is the perfect primer to its richness and depth. Where would your adventures take you afterward? That’s for you to decide — but you’ll be sure to be wanting more.