If it hadn’t been for the New York Pass, I’m certain that my sister and I would have done less in NYC. Not a lot less, but there would have been some things we’d have passed on – especially depending on price.
We were going to be in NYC for a week, so we decided to buy a week’s pass. It was expensive, but there were a lot of things we wanted to do that the pass encompassed (do you see what I did there? do you wish you didn’t?). Paying for everything individually would be a pain and would involve carrying a lot more cash (or using a lot more credit). The pass meant that we could just flash a card and gain admittance. In some cases we could totally jump the line, which was a bonus for the more touristy places that had big line ups (such as the Liberty Island Ferry).
We wanted to do a lot in NY and we did. Yes, we didn’t get to spend as much time in some places as I would have liked, but we saw much more than any sane person should see.
Essentially we used our passes for:
- The Empire State Building
- The Empire State Building Skyride
- Top Of The Rock
- Liberty Island
- the Guggenheim
- the MET
- Madame Tussaud’s (no pics, because they’re all on my sister’s camera)
- Free ice cream at Dylan’s Candy Bar
- 2 for 1 admission on the Wonder Wheel
- The New York Aquarium
- The Bronx Zoo
- Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
- Brooklyn Museum
I’m pretty sure we saved money in the end (I’m too lazy to do the math right now, and we bought it during a deal), so it was great for us.
Have I ever bought the Pass again? No, but my other trips have been much less crazy. That pass was great for a first-round-see-everything kind of trip. We were so late at the MET that we probably never would have paid to only get 30 minutes – but with the pass we didn’t care.
Is the Pass right for you? I have no idea (I’ve never met you, after all). But do the math – what do you want to see? how expensive is it all? would it be worth it? – and find out for yourself.