The New York Pass

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Custom-design your ideal Big Apple vacation with the New York Pass from the Leisure Pass Group. Available in durations of 1, 2, 3, or 7 consecutive days, the pass gives you prepaid, unlimited admission to more than 55 different attractions. You can visit as many attractions as you want each day, but you can only visit each attraction once time for the duration of the card.

Add the bus tour option for about $30 per 2-day adult pass and you’ll also have narrated tours of uptown Manhattan and Harlem, Brooklyn, and Manhattan at night to choose from—plus the hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus that you can use to get between many major destinations.

The New York Pass also includes more than 30 discounts and special offers on dining, shopping, tours, and even walk-in back massages if you’ve overdone it on a day of sightseeing.

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Top Included New York Attractions

Ellis Island Ferry (for Statue of Liberty)
Empire State Building
Guggenheim Museum
Madame Tussauds New York
MOMA
NBC Studio Tour
Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
Rockefeller Center Tour
Tour at Lincoln Center
United Nations Tour
Top of the Rock
Whitney Museum of American Art

See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.

What’s Good?

The New York Pass’s major strength is the great diversity of attractions included. As one reviewer from Australia said on their site, “If it’s not on the card, it’s not worth seeing.” Families with young kids, first-time visitors, museum aficionados…all kinds of interests are met with this pass.

You have a year from the date of purchase to activate your pass for the first time, so it’s easy to order in advance.

What Could get better?

Some other vacation passes include a 2-day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and other city bus tours as part of the attractions, but with the New York Pass, the bus tours must be purchased as a separate option.

Parking is very expensive, especially in Manhattan, and isn’t included in the admission price of most attractions. Fortunately New York City has extensive public transportation options.

Get Your Money’s Worth

Travelers who prefer peace of mind or who think there’s a possibility that their plans may change can purchase New York Pass insurance for 4.5% of their order total. If you’re unable to activate your pass for any reason, you can receive a full refund.

You have to do a little research to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. For example, adult admission to the Met, MoMA, and the Guggenheim is only $58 total, whereas a one-day adult pass is $80, which would cost more. You’ll get the best value by also taking advantage of the bike rentals and cruises that are part of the basic New York Pass.

Some of the best values include Madame Tussaud’s wax museum (normally $35.50 per adult for admission), the Circle Line river cruise ($34), and Central Park bicycle rental ($49).

Insider Tips

For the shortest wait at the Empire State Building, go to the ticket window in the 2nd floor. Even though you can skip admission lines, Empire State Building security limits the number of people who can be in the lobby at one time, so you still may have to wait. The best way to avoid crowds is to go in the morning, before 11 a.m.

Most visitors find that they don’t need to see both the Empire State Building observation deck and the Top of the Rock observation deck. Both skyscrapers are only about a mile apart and offer similar views, so you can choose one based on other nearby attractions you plan to visit or for the extras, like audio tours.

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Nothing has been announced yet but I expect a substantial price increase in the next month or so. Purchase your New York Pass now and use it any time for the rest of the year.

Where to Buy It

The card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity or you can buy it once you get to New York but these are not great options as you may pay more. The best place the buy the card is at the New York Pass website. NewYorkPass.com frequently has specials on the longer duration cards. The site has a 100% risk free money back guarantee. If you are pressed for time, use the free voucher option.

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