New York CityPass – Save Money In NYC

NYC CityPass Discount

You may remember that I mentioned going to NYC in the summer. We had a great time, of course, but being as conscious of prices as I am, I was definitely not thrilled with the outrageous prices that are charged for admission to various attractions and events.

I think I mentioned previously how awesome it was to see three different Broadway plays for half price thanks to the half price ticket services. This blog entry details another way to save half the price of admission on various attractions! It’s called the New York CityPass.

Yes, I typed it correctly; there is no space between the last two words. (It should be written as CityPass as opposed to City Pass.) This tourist discount pass not only saves you money, but also makes your stay in NY easier by saving you time and aggravation standing in several different ticket lines. Actually, even thoguh I referred to it as a tourism discount, it will work just as well to save money for native New Yorkers and New York residents.

Here’s how it works. You only have to buy one ticket booklet which you can buy in person when you arrive in New York or you can buy it ahead of time online. In fact, thanks to the online option, you can also purchase the discount pass as a gift for someone else before they head to the Big Apple for vacation and sightseeing.

You get tickets for all these popular attractions:
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA),
Guggenheim Museum
American Museum of Natural History.
Empire State Building Observatory
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise

The booklet also contains a map and tourist attraction information.

Of course, you’ll want to see everything you can with your pass, but I would start with the Empire State Building. You can’t get any more “New York” than that. Plus, I have been to the observatory deck and the view is amazing.

UPDATE: It has been quite a while since I first wrote about the CityPass. I just did some research and found out the CityPass has expanded a little and now includes an additional NYC attraction and more options. Here is the new list of discounted attractions as of February 2012:

Empire State Building
American Museum of Natural History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art)
Guggenheim Museum OR Top of the Rock
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Cruise

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Also, there are other ways to save money while visiting New York City. There is another tourist discount pass with a very similar name called the New York Pass. You just have to do your research and your can really save a significant amount of money during your NYC trip.

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