More than 47 million people visit the Big Apple each year to take in some of the best shopping, dining, museums, performing arts, and historical sites the world has to offer. Through movies and TV shows, New York City attractions like the Empire State Building, the Great White Way of the theater district and Times Square, and the towering Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have become universal symbols of American culture—and they’re no less inspiring when viewed up close.
Art lovers make pilgrimages to internationally renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. Famous venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center have hosted the world’s most influential musicians. And who knows how many thousands of high kicks have been performed by the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall?
For those who prefer the moving picture, New York is the setting for hundreds of films and TV shows every year. You can tour locations where shows like Gossip Girl and Sex and the City were filmed, visit the NBC studios (maybe say hello the Kenneth the page), or catch a tour of movie locations in and around Central Park.
For science fans and animal lovers, the Bronx Zoo continues to be one of the country’s top zoos with cutting-edge live animal habitats. Thousands of children and adults alike visit the American Museum of Natural History’s lifelike animal dioramas and marvel at huge dinosaur skeletons. You can also escape Manhattan for an afternoon and let the kids learn, play, and blow off some steam at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
There are dozens of ways to see the sights of New York City. Take a horse-drawn carriage or pedicab ride around Central Park, or view the city skyline by day or night from a river cruise. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the observation deck at skyscrapers like the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.
Three different passes offer access to New York’s best attractions for one discounted price. Depending on your budget and the length of your visit, choose from the New York CityPass, The New York Pass from the Leisure Pass Group, or Smart Destinations’ New York Explorer Pass for what can add up to hundreds of dollars in savings.
Top New York Tourist Passes
New York City Explorer Pass: This is a great way to tailor your own NYC visit and get great savings on only the kinds of attractions you want to see. Perfect for first-time visitors and residents alike.
New York CityPASS: Visit 6 major attractions for $79 for an adult pass and $59 for kids. Take up to 9 days to use your passes, and save almost 50% off the price of regular admission.
The New York Pass: Create your ideal New York City vacation with free, unlimited, skip-the-line admission to more than 60 top NYC attractions and tours.
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