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The pass will be activated as soon as you use it at the first attraction
The number of days that the pass is good for refers to calendar dates, not 24 hour periods. For example, if you use the 1-day pass for the first attraction at 1 pm, it still expires at midnight that night.
It can only be used once at each attraction, so it cannot be shared between two people.
Line-jumping privileges at 15 of the offered attractions. For some attractions, such as Top of the Rock, this can save you quite a bit of time.
Generally speaking, the 3, 5 and 7-day passes are better deals. That gives you more time to really take advantage of the offerings. The one and two-day passes are a little pricey considering what you could realistically squeeze into your trip.
Also, for families traveling with children, the savings are significantly better for the 5 and 7-day child passes.
For more details or to purchase this pass, click here.
This pass is a good deal for avid museum-goers with several days in New York.
While the American Museum of Natural History is a suggested donation, private museums like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim have fixed admissions that can really add up.
These museums are included with the New York Pass, as well as a wide variety of others.
If you only have one or two days in New York and think that you can reasonably see enough attractions to make the pass worthwhile, then by all means: go for it!
If cost is the main factor, however, you can pay what you wish at two of the city’s best museums, take a pay-what-you-wish tour in a variety of neighborhoods with us, Free Tours By Foott.
Then select one or two attractions to pay admission for, like the Empire State Building. It will keep your cost lower than a 1 Day New York Pass.
Likewise, GoCity offers you the opportunity to save 20% a la carte style with a free money-back guarantee.
While New York Pass includes some walking tours, you can maximize your savings by using the pass for attractions (to which there are no pay-what-you-wish options available!) and then take one of our many walking tours (see our calendar for dates/times.)
Differences between the Sightseeing Pass and the New York Pass
The Sightseeing Pass offers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 day passes. The New York Pass has only 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 days passes. They do not have a 6-day pass.
The Sightseeing Pass includes One World Observatory, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Woodbury Common Outlets Super Saver Ticket. The New York Pass does not include these attractions.
The Sightseeing Pass includes 26 museums whereas New York Pass includes 30.
If you love shopping for discounts, the Sightseeing Pass includes a Super Saver Ticket to Woodbury Common Outlets as one of its options. The New York Pass does not.
Don’t forget to enter our exclusive promo code FTBF for discounted prices on the for the 4, 6, 10 and 12-Attraction Flex Passes and the 50% off all Child Passes.
How to Purchase
This pass can only be purchased online at their website.
When you purchase, you will have to choose a date – but you will not be locked into starting your pass on that date. You have a year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass.
After you make your purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your voucher. To redeem the voucher once in New York, bring a printed copy and valid identification at any one of their 11 Visitor Centers. If you can’t print the voucher, you can also show the voucher on your mobile device.
If you prefer to have your pass mailed to you, they can do this as well.
Once you’ve redeemed your voucher, you are ready to go!
Good to know
• The pass is valid for 7 days from activation. Your pass is activated the moment it is scanned for admission at your first attraction, bus tour or restaurant. • Once you use the pass at any attraction choice you must wait one hour before you can visit another attraction. • You’ll have a full year from the day you purchase your passes to receive a full refund, as long as they are unused. However, the passes are non-refundable once they’re activated.
5 Attraction Pass – $139 for Adult, $119 for Child
[$28/attraction/adult and $24/attraction/child]
7 Attraction Pass – $159 for Adult, $139 for Child
[$23/attraction/adult and $20/attraction/child]
How to purchase
Go to their website. You will be asked to choose a date but don’t worry, you will not be locked into starting your pass on that date. You have a year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. It expires after one year.
After you make your purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your voucher which you then print and redeem at any of the 11 Visitor Centers throughout the city. If you can’t print it, no problem. Just show your voucher on your mobile device to receive the pass. Be sure to bring a valid ID.
Good to know
• Freestyle Pass is valid for 72 consecutive hours from the time you redeem your voucher. • Online tickets are non-refundable and can be redeemed up to one year from date of purchase.
NEW YORK EXPLORER PASS
This pass, like the New York Pass, is a mobile pass that can be used as a ticket at participating tours and attractions.
The Explorer Pass does not charge per day. Rather, you select a fixed number of attractions (3, 4, 5, 7, 10) that you want to visit during your time in NYC.
The Explorer Pass is valid for 30 days, so it is a nice option for those staying awhile.
You can skip ticket lines at certain attractions with this pass.
This pass is also well-reviewed.
Is the Explorer Pass Right For You?
Both of the passes offered by Go City are good for 30 days, so if you have a longer stay in NYC and want to see things at a leisurely pace, this could be a good option for you.
Because this pass offers a set number of attractions, it is probably better for those who have a pretty good idea of what they want to see already.
While you don’t run a big risk with this pass of paying for more things than you can see, you do want to be reasonably sure that your selected number of attractions will be enough.
Also, because you pay based on the number of things you do rather than different attractions’ individual prices, like with the Go Select Pass, you should look at the actual prices of the things you are most interested in seeing.
For example, if you buy a 3 Attraction Pass for $79.99 and then choose to go to the Empire State Building ($38), the Statue of Liberty Ferry ($18), and the Museum of the City of New York ($18), then you are actually paying more for the pass than you would to just purchase individual entry at each place.
So the Explorer Pass can be a good deal for the right traveler, but it does require a little advance research.
Special offer for New York Explorer Pass holders. If you are planning the Empire State Building, get exclusive early-bird access every Tuesday and Thursday between July 22-Dec 31, 2019!
All of these passes are pretty similar. Here are a few notable differences:
Both the Explorer and FlexPass are valid for 30 days whereas the Freestyle Pass is valid for just 3 days. That is a significant amount of difference in the time allotted.
Both the FlexPass and Freestyle Pass include One World Observatory as an attraction but the Explorer Pass does not.
The FlexPass has a much larger list of attractions to choose from (about 90) whereas the Explorer Pass and Freestyle Pass have around half that many.
The Freestyle Pass costs a bit more but you get a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, and a hop-on, hop-off ferry tour as a bonus. Not only is that a worthwhile deal, but you will save some money if you use the hop-on, hop-off bus to go from attraction to attraction rather than pay for public transportation.
As with all passes, make sure the attractions you want to see are included in the pass you purchase!
As with all of their passes, GoCity offers a 100% money-back guarantee for unused passes up to 1 year after your intended travel date, no questions asked and no insurance to purchase.
They also provide sample itineraries to help you plan how to get the most out of your pass.
This pass will save you up to 25% off the regular price of admission to some of the top attractions in the city.
This pass is for you if you know in advance which attractions you want to see and if they are included in the list of 91 attractions offered through this pass.
The choice of attractions is quite diverse and offers many of the most popular New York City attractions and museums, as well as cruises, hop-on/hop-off bus tours, walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and cruises.
If you were to purchase tickets for these three attractions individually at the ticket gate, you would pay a total of $121.00. But if you purchase them in advance through your Build Your Own Pass, you pay only $96.80. That’s a saving of 20%!
There is no flat price. It depends on which attractions you choose. Once you select which attractions you want to see and they are added to the pass, the discounts are applied. For example:
2 attractions = get 15% off the normal cost of admission
3 attractions = get 20% off the normal cost of admission
4 or more attractions = get 25% off the normal cost of admission
How to purchase
Go to their website, look through the attractions offered and add them to your pass.
Choose the number of people in your party and check out. You will see the savings reflected in the price you pay.
Once your purchase is complete, you will get a confirmation email with instructions on how to either print your pass or to download the free Go City Card app which lets your smartphone serve as your pass.
Good to know
Once you activate your pass (activated at first use) it is good for 30 days. This is especially good for those who are here for a longer visit and don’t want to cram too much sightseeing in on any given day.
At several attractions, you will have fast-track entry where you can skip the line.
To enter attractions, you show either your paper pass, if you chose to print it or you can show your smartphone with the Pass QR barcode.
Go City Pass always offers a Risk-Free Guarantee that gives you one year from the purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.
** Special offer for Build Your Own Pass purchasers. If you are planning the Empire State Building, get exclusive early-bird access every Tuesday and Thursday between July 22-Dec 31, 2019!**
The American Museum of Natural History actually does not have a fixed admission. The prices listed are suggested donations, so you can actually pay anything you like that works in your budget.
Also, the Museum of Modern Art offers “Free Fridays” from 5:30 pm to 9 pm, so if your trip includes a Friday, you could take advantage of that. This means that half of the attractions included with City Pass could be free or very low cost.
For more breakdowns on this pass, read our post on the NYC CityPASS
Big Apple Pass
The Big Apple Pass pass is a very basic pass but if used wisely can save you time and money.
This pass is best for people who are planning to visit a few attractions and like the convenience of having your pass before you even arrive in New York City.
Unlike the CityPass booklet, this pass includes airport transfer.
Big Apple Pass prices and features:
Adult 18+ $146.00
Child (6-17) $140.60
Attractions and Deals Included:
Ticket to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Ticket to the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock Observatory
Ticket to either the Museum of the City of New York or New York Historical Society
72-hour Hop-on, Hop-off bus tickets with CitySightseeing (with night tour)
Hop-on, Hop-off ferry with CitySightseeing
Airport transfer to your hotel in Manhattan (shared shuttle).
20% discount on many other New York top attractions (click here for the list)
How it works:
Because this pass includes a ride from your airport, you can purchase this pass only after you have booked your flight. Once you have done that, go to the Big Apple Pass website.
During the purchase process, you will be asked to enter your arrival date, airport, and flight number.
After you complete your purchase, you will receive an email that serves as your pass (you can also use your smartphone as your pass).
You will also get the code to receive a 20% discount on “skip the line” tickets you purchase online.
For a list of which attractions accept this 20% discount code, click here.
Benefits of buying this pass:
First off, if you compare the total regular cost of all the items included in the price of the pass, you will be saving over 30%!
The pass includes two attractions that are likely on your list of “must-sees” — the Statue of Liberty and either the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock Observatory.
You also save money on one mandatory activity, getting to your hotel from the airport.
Also included in the pass is a 72 hour Hop on Hop off bus ticket. This saves you money because you won’t need to pay for public transportation since these buses stop at most of the sights you will want to see.
Lastly, if you take advantage of the 20% discount code for the attractions included, you can save even more.
For example, if you visit the top three museums in NYC, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, (each a steep $25 entry) you will save $15 per person.
Before buying this pass
Consider that you can’t buy this pass until you have booked your flight as you will need to provide your arrival information.
Also, keep in mind that a pass is not worth the money if it includes attractions you aren’t interested in seeing.
This company also works with City Sightseeing to provide combo packages which include their hop-on-hop-off bus tours.
City Sights is currently offering the New York Top 3 package. This combo deal includes the following activities for one low price:
48 Hour All Around Town Hop on Hop off Bus Tour | $64
Empire State Building Admission | $38
9/11 Memorial and Museum Admission | $26
If you’re interested in each of these attractions, this is a great way to save money on tickets. This is also a good option if you’re either short on time or you don’t want to get carried away while visiting New York City.
TIP:If you are considering purchasing a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket, then keep in mind that all of the double-decker buses make stops at the building.
The closest subway stations are the N/Q/R/W at 23rd Street Station in Madison Square Park, right in front of the building. You can also take the 6 train to 23rd Street just to the east of the building.
Lastly, you can take the F or M to 23rd Street, however, the exit is on 6th Avenue and so you will have to walk one long crosstown block to 5th Avenue.
BEST LOCATIONS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE FLATIRON BUILDING
If you want to get a good photo of the Flatiron building that captures all of its architectural design, your best chance is to crouch down at the southern end of “Flatiron Plaza” just north of the building to get the view that shows both the 5th Avenue and Broadway sides of the building.
Of course, being unobstructed and only 11 blocks away from the Empire State Building makes the observation deck a great choice for snapping the old flatiron.
Unfortunately, the observation deck on top of the Flatiron Building is now closed and there are no current businesses that take in guests.
In early 2009, the Flatiron building was bought out by the Italian real estate investment firm the Sorgente Group, who plans to transform the building into a luxury hotel.
However, the firm must wait until around 2019 for the building to become fully vacated after the current leases expire.
When that happens, access to the Flatiron building will become possible, and tourists who pay the price will be able to take in the views of Madison Square Park offered by the Flatiron Building.
Until then, tourists can visit Sprint on the first floor and appreciate the artwork on display in the prow art space at the front of the building sponsored by Sprint, who rotates different pieces of art throughout the years.
Because of the shape of the building, wind gusts were extremely heavy going around the building.
This would cause the wind to uplift young ladies’ skirts, exposing their ankles, making 23rd in between Broadway and 5th a very popular hangout for young men.
Policemen walking by were known to yell out “23 Skidoo” to chase away any that were loitering for too long.
Early this month, afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the mid-40s F (6-7 C) while early morning lows tend to be in the low 30s F (0 to -1 C).
On a few of the colder mornings, temperatures can still dip down into the upper teens (-7 to -8 C).
As the month progresses, spring starts to grab a hold in the Big Apple as the afternoon temperatures rise into the low to mid-50s F (11-13 C) and morning lows creep up into the upper 30’s f to near 40f (3-5 C).
A few of the warmer afternoons can even see temperatures up into the mid-’60s (17-18 C).
The highest temperature recorded this month at Central Park was 86f (30C) while the coldest ever was 3 F (-16 C).
HOW MUCH RAIN IN MARCH?
About 19 days this month will see sunny or at least partly sunny skies so get out and enjoy the improving weather.
Some precipitation can be expected on about 10-11 days; however, only 2-3 days see significant amounts of 0.5 inches (13mm) or more.
DOES IT SNOW IN MARCH IN NYC?
Snow can still fall in the city during March but is limited to about 2 days on average with 1 day receiving at least 1 inch (2.5 CM).
Snowfalls of 3 inches (7.6CM) or more occur about once every other year.
The risk for snow is highest near the beginning of the month and drops significantly by the month’s end.