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Tips to Choosing a New York Sightseeing Pass

May 7th, 2019 Local Tips

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Anyone would say that visiting New York without seeing at least some of its top attractions would be a mistake. The city is home to world-renowned art, top performance venues and iconic museums. Seeing them all doesn’t have to break the bank. The answer is buying a sightseeing pass.

What is a Sightseeing Pass?

Different companies sell passes that offer various combinations of attractions and experiences at a set price. All passes have a set duration that can vary from a few days to even a month. The benefits include express admission, special tours, discount prices and more.

How to Choose a Pass?

Before purchasing the first one you see, there are a few things to consider. First, be realistic about the amount of time you’ll dedicate to sightseeing. Some people devote full days to museum hopping while others prefer to set time aside to wind down. This will allow you to estimate how many attractions you’ll actually have time to visit.

Second, make a list of your “must-see” items to ensure that your pass allows you to visit them. A few passes give you the option of choosing one attraction over another.

Third, take a look at the extra benefits included in the passes. As we said earlier, most of them allow you to skip lines but only a couple include perks like free guidebooks, entertainment discounts, additional tours or credits to use at restaurants.

woman-staring-out-of-bus-tour-in-times-squareMost Popular NYC Sightseeing Passes

If you’re dubious about purchasing a pass online, don’t worry! The following companies offer the best sightseeing passes, each of them suited for different scenarios. Nowadays, all you have to do is purchase it online, download the corresponding app and start exploring New York!

New York CityPASS
Cost:
Adult $132, Child $108 for 6 attractions or Adult $84, Child $64 for 3 attractions. Online purchase available.
In a Nutshell: Focuses on the best 10 New York attractions and offers significant admission discounts.

New York Explorer Pass
Cost:
Ranges from Adult $94, Child $70 for 3 attractions to Adult $229, Child $170 for 10 attractions. Online purchase available.
In a Nutshell: Includes 84 top attractions, as well as cruises. Select 3, 4, 5, 7, or 10 attractions.

The New York Sightseeing Pass
Cost:
DAY Pass ranges from Adult $139, Child $129 for a 1-Day Pass to Adult $449, Child $339 for 10-Day Pass. FLEX Pass ranges from Adult $69, Child $59 for 2 attractions to Adult $259, Child $249 for 12 attractions. Online purchase available.
In a Nutshell: Includes over 100 attractions and a $40-credit. It’s the only pass that provides admission to One World Observatory.

The New York Pass
Cost:
Ranges from Adult $134, Child $99 for a 1-Day pass to Adult $469, Child $299 for a 10-Day Pass. Online purchase available.
In a Nutshell: Includes over 100 attractions and tours. You can visit an unlimited number of attractions.

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