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Is Buying the CityPass in New York City Worth It?

New York is one of the busiest cities in the world. It is the perfect destination for any type of traveler, no matter what you like doing, New York will have enough attractions to make your visit worthwhile. There are the most incredible art galleries, museum, restaurants and green areas. If you are the type of person that likes to visit it all, CityPass offers the best value option.

What we liked the most about the CityPass is that we do not have to select entry times in advance, as you would with reservations directly through each attraction. This means we are free to explore the city at our own pace and change our itinerary on the go. Yet, when we arrive at each place we get to skip the ticket line and spend more time doing enjoyable things.

Tickets are valid for 9 consecutive days after being activated at the first attraction you visit. Tickets are $138 per adult and $118 for children. It might sound like a high price, but hold off until you see what is included.

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Attractions included in the CityPass:

The Empire State Building

General admission entry to the 86th observatory deck and same day night time general admission.

American Museum of Natural History

General admission to the museum and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, plus the Space show or Giant Screen Film.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck or Guggenheim Museum

It includes general admission to the Guggenheim Museum and special exhibits or general admission to the Top of the Rock.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or Circle line sightseeing Cruises

It includes one round trip to both islands, an audio tour on each island, and the Ellis Island Migration Museum or one Landmark Cruise, Harbor Lights Cruise, Liberty Cruise or Landmark + Brooklyn Cruise, or a ride on The Beast

9/11 Memorial and Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

General admission to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum or General admission to the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the Submarine Growler and the film Story of Intrepid.

Do I actually save money?

Well, it is pretty easy to do the math. We selected the six attractions we chose to visit to see how much it would cost us without the CityPass:

The Empire State Building (AM/PM Experience): $74.04

Top of the Rock: $43.55

Statue of Liberty Ferry: $24.50

9/11 Memorial and Museum: $33

Intrepid Museum: $36

American Natural History: $34*

Total of $245.09, meaning you will be saving $107.09 with the CityPass in NYC if you go to all of the museums listed above.

*These museums have suggested admissions but the amount that you pay is up to you, they ask to be as generous as possible as this money is to fund the arts. Pay what you wish admissions are available only at the ticket counters.

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