Visitors to New York City looking to take in the city's major cultural attractions without spending a fortune should look into purchasing the New York CityPASS. This pass contains tickets to the following city landmarks:
First stop is to head to the water where the CityPASS ticket offers ferry service to Liberty Island or a cruise around the harbor. Choose from four Circle Line tours that offer spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Those with children may want to experience the Beast, a 30-minute ride on a 70-foot racing powerboat (available May through September). Consider upgrading for a Full Island Cruise and see over 101sights for an additional $4.00.
The One Statue Cruises ferry ride stops at Liberty Island and allows visitors to walk around the Statue of Liberty but it does not include crown tickets or monument access. Those wishing to travel to the crown or pedestal will need to purchase these tickets in advance. Then use the CityPASS ticket for a Circle LIne cruise. Also, Ellis Island remains closed for repairs following Hurricane Sandy. Check the National Park website for when Ellis Island will reopen to the public.
Empire State Building Observatory
In addition to general admission to the 86th floor observatory and an audio tour, this ticket offers bonus same-night general admission. Those who want to see the city at night can enjoy a same-day second visit between 10pm to closing.
American Museum of Natural History
A CityPASS ticket provides general admission to the museum, which includes admission to the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a Hayden Planetarium Space Show.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A CityPASS ticket allows visitors skip-the-line admission, plus entry into all Special Exhibitions and a dollar off of Audio Tour. Time permitting venture over to Fort Tyron Park and take advantage of their same-day admission to The Cloisters museum and gardens.
MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art)
Enjoy general admission to MoMA’s world-renowned collections, as well as entry into all special exhibitions and an audio tour. In addition, visitors can stroll through the MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City if visited within 30 days of MoMA.
Choose between a ticket to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the Guggenheim Museum. Those wanting another view of the New York City Skyline can take in 360-degree views from the outdoor and indoor decks of the top 3 floors of this legendary art-deco skyscraper. 20th century modern art aficionados can take in their collection of art houses within Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece of modern architecture.
Currently, these passes cost $106 for adults ages 18+ (a savings of $79 per person) and $79 for youth (a savings of $79 per person). Order NYC CityPASS booklets online or purchase them at any of the attractions listed in the booklet.