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There are several different passes to choose from, and we have broken them down by type. Just follow the links for more details, but here is a quick summary.
TIP: You might want to also try out our tour pass calculator and let it show you which one is best for you.
Each pass has its own benefits and is slightly different from the others. One of the biggest differences is which attractions and tours are included, but all passes usually include the following:
If these are places you want to visit, then one of the tourists passes below is probably a no-brainer. And remember, there are many more attractions and tours included in each pass.
Listen to tour guides Lori and Katherine discuss these passes on an episode of our NYC Travel Tips podcast.
An all-inclusive pass allows you to enjoy as many attractions, tours, and experiences as you can within a set number of days for one set price (think of an all-you-can-eat buffet).
These are the most expensive type, but you could potentially save the most amount of money with these passes.
NOTE: both passes offer our guests 20% or more on most of their options.
Then there are passes that allow you to choose a set # of attractions and tours.
These passes usually give you the option to choose, 3, 5 or more options from a large pool of options.
These are a bit cheaper than all-inclusive and keeps flexibility, but your savings potential is lower.
Another option is prepackaged passes (think set-menu). These are the most certain of all of the passes.
Lastly, there are numerous hop-on-hop-off bus tour companies that offer their own combo deals.
It can be difficult to decide which, if any, is right for you. Therefore, we recommend deciding on what you want and have time to do first before choosing which pass you would like.
In other words, don’t necessarily let the pass(es) decide for you where to go, but certainly, get ideas from what is offered.
Also, check out our section on how to save without a pass for more options and tips.
IMPORTANT: Because each pass’s offerings change regularly, be sure to confirm what is and is not offered before purchasing.
Remember Our Tours
Don’t forget about all of our “name your own price” walking tours of the city! You can save as much as you like with our tours. For a full list of our tours offered, check out our calendar.
If you have questions after reading this post, please email us your question. We try to respond within 24 hours or less.
These passes are like an all-you-can-eat menu. You pay one flat price for the pass which is sold in increments of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 days.
With your pass, you can visit as many attractions as you want in the number of days you select.
So, the more efficient you are visiting attractions and taking tours, the less you will pay per ticket.
You also get discounts at a variety of shops, restaurants and other attractions not included in the pass.
These passes come with skip-the-line privileges for many attractions.
Both of these passes have a long list of attractions, tours, and museums included, though the lists are not identical.
Be sure to always look over the list of attractions carefully before choosing a pass to purchase.
We’ve provided the average daily cost of each multiple Attractions so that you can see how much of a deal you will get each day.
Both passes have sample itineraries to demonstrate how you could maximize your savings as well.
The Sightseeing Pass is a credit card-like pass that you can use to visit over 100 attractions, walking tours, cruises, bus tours, and more. You can choose 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 10 days.
A big highlight of this pass is that it is the only all-inclusive pass that includes One World Observatory as an attraction.
You also get a $40 credit for additional tours, attractions, Broadway shows, and dinner cruises that are not included in the pass.
If you prefer a pass that is based on the number of attractions you can see instead of the number of days, they also offer a pass based on the # of attractions, not days.
They also offer sample itineraries to help with your planning.
Another perk is that the pass includes a meal (lunch or dinner) and other discounts at popular NYC restaurants and shops.
For more information, click here.
After you make your purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your voucher.
You can either print it out or, even more conveniently for those with a smartphone, take a screenshot of the QR code and use your mobile phone as your ticket!
If you prefer to have your pass mailed to you, they can do this as well.
Below are the prices you can get when you apply our exclusive promo code: FTBF. And don’t forget that you get an additional $40 credit for any pass on their site.
NOTE: If you are traveling with children, there is a one Child Pass per Adult Pass. Additional child passes will cost the full retail price as listed on their website.
The prices in red underneath each multiple-day pass listing is the average cost per day. The longer the pass, the lower the daily cost.
Click here for more information or to purchase. Don’t forget to enter our exclusive promo code FTBF for these amazing discounted prices.
Just some of the most popular attractions you can choose from
The New York Pass can be used at over 100 different New York City attractions and tours and can be purchased either a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, or 10-day pass.
The Pass comes with a travel booklet in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Portuguese.
This service is now offered exclusively on the Go City app.
All you have to do is download it on your Smartphone and show your pass at the entrance to attractions. Once you complete your purchase, you can use it immediately.
To purchase, click New York Pass.
Important: The prices below are full retail prices. Often discounts are offered on their website, particularly in the off-peak tourist seasons.
NOTE: NY Pass is offering a 20% discount on passes of 3 days or longer when you use code FTBF20 at checkout. The prices below do not reflect these prices, so the prices you will pay will be lower.
The prices in red underneath each multiple-day pass listing are the average cost per day. The longer the pass, the lower the daily cost.
Sample 5 of 80 Attractions + Tours
(TIP: See our post about which view is best: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, or One World Trade Center Observatory?)
Some Things To Know About New York Pass
Benefits of the New York Pass
It is nice to have different options for time increments.
The New York Pass also includes a pretty staggering array of attractions that can be used in any order, including some more off-the-beaten-path options.
If your trip allows enough time for you to take advantage of the New York Pass it can save you quite a bit of money.
Is the New York Pass Worth the Money?
That depends on how long your trip is and what you are interested in seeing.
We included the average daily prices above, so you really just have to add up the full retail prices of each attraction to see if you get your money’s worth.
This pass includes so many attractions and tours, but you need to have the time to do a lot in order to make buying it worthwhile.
New York Pass provides sample itineraries to help plan out your days.
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
This kind of pass is good for someone who already knows (or has a good idea) what he or she wants to see and the number of days he or she will have in NYC.
Rather than being based on the number of days, these passes are based on the number of attractions you want to see.
By purchasing a pass rather than a ticket to each attraction individually, you can save up to 50% on the retail cost of each attraction.
Savings are dependent on the number of attractions you choose. The more you choose, the more you will save.
You are not obligated to choose which attractions you will go to in advance or what days you will visit them.
So these passes offer flexibility if you like to improvise. At many attractions, you will get fast-track entry and get to skip the line.
We included the average price per attraction in red so that you could more easily calculate your potential savings over retail price.
Be careful – if the retail price of your choices totals less than the average, then you will lose money. So be sure to read our breakdown of pricing to see if it is worth buying a pass or not.
Currently, there are 3 “pick” passes which we describe in detail below.
After we describe these passes below, we include a section with advice about which of these passes may be best for you.
The FlexPass offers the option to purchase 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12 attractions chosen from an extensive list of 100+ top NYC attractions, tours, and museums.
You can save up to 50% by using the FlexPass instead of buying entry to each attraction individually.
You also get fast-track entry to several attractions.
Below are the prices that you will pay when you use our exclusive promo code: FTBF.
Using this code you get 10% off the retail price of passes for have 6, 7, 10, and 12 attractions.
Also, with the promo code, you get 50% off Child passes. Note that there is a maximum of one Child Pass per one Adult Pass.
To get the discounts on these passes, make sure to use our exclusive promo code: FTBF.
The prices in red underneath each multiple-attraction pass listing is the average cost per attraction. Generally, the more attraction in the pass, the lower the average cost per attraction.
Click here for more information or to purchase.
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
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.
For more breakdowns on this pass, read our post, Is the Sightseeing Flex Pass Worth It?
FREESTYLE PASS (by Citysights)
This pass includes over 40 attractions and offers you the chance to save up to 40% compared to walk-up ticket prices.
While this pass has fewer attractions to choose from than other passes, this pass includes a 3-day All Around Town Bus Tour with unlimited hop-on-hop-off access.
Not only are these fun, but they will also help you save money getting around the city as the buses travel on loops that have stops at most of the major attractions.
You also get a night bus tour, a hop-on, hop-off ferry, free entry to the Museum of New York or the New York Historical Society.
The package (before choosing your 3, 5 or 7 attractions) costs: $84 for Adults | $74 for Children
Retail Prices (Children are 3-11) – (be sure to read our breakdown of pricing)
How to purchase
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.
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.
You have over 90 attractions and tours to choose from.
They provide sample itineraries to help you plan how to get the most out of your pass.
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.
You can choose from a list of 90 options. You do not need to decide in advance what you want to see in order to buy the Explorer Pass.
They provide sample itineraries to help you plan how to get the most out of your pass.
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!
For more breakdowns on this pass, read our post on the Explorer Pass.
WHICH “PICK” PASS IS BETTER FOR ME?
All of these passes are pretty similar. Here are a few notable differences:
As with all passes, make sure the attractions you want to see are included in the pass you purchase!
These types of packages save you money by bundling a certain number of attractions into one purchase with a set price.
However, you have less control over what attractions are including in your package.
Fortunately, these packages do include the attractions that most people want to see and in some cases, you are offered choices.
CityPass is a booklet of 6 tickets that grant you admission into some top attractions.
CityPass booklet prices and features:
Attractions included in CityPass booklet:
The projected savings with an adult City Pass is $79 (if you paid full price for all 6 attractions).
Benefits of the CityPass booklet
The CityPass booklet is relatively flexible – you have 9 days to visit the included attractions in whatever order and at whatever times you would like.
The line bypass privileges can save you quite a bit of time for other sightseeing.
The booklet would grant you entry into many NYC “highlights,” which you could then supplement with our walking tours (see our calendar for dates/times).
If the price of the pass works for your budget and you have several days in New York it could be a good option for you.
To purchase, click New York CityPass booklet.
Things to Consider Before Buying
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:
Attractions and Deals Included:
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 the Empire State Building.
Also, if you take advantage of the 10% 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 $7.50 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.
Many companies offer discounted rates on bus tours if they are purchased in combination with a boat or helicopter tour.
For more information on all the combo packages available, check out our post on New York bus tours.
This pass includes the following:
Prices: – (be sure to read our breakdown of pricing)
Click to purchase this pass.
TIP: Get 10% off the prices above with promo code save10
If you’re not interested in all of the activities typically included with a tourist pass, take a look at some of these combo deals instead.
Whether you want to visit the Empire State Building or see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, there are several opportunities to cut touring costs in New York City.
As a matter of fact, you could save even more by picking the package that best fits your interest rather than paying upfront for a plethora of different attractions.
Here are the activities and sites included as options with these packages:
UPDATE: As of September 2021, this combo package will change ever so slightly. You’ll be able to choose either a 1, 2, or 3 day bus tour ticket and either 1, 2, or 3 attractions to go along with it.
In other words, no matter how long your bus tour ticket is valid, you’ll be able to choose up to 3 additional activities to enjoy in addition to the tour. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour is valid for both the uptown to downtown loops.
Here are the new prices:
There are a couple of considerations that you should make before you purchase any tourist pass, considerations that may lead you to create your own pass. We explain below.
Keep in mind that the retail prices for each attraction or tour are usually inflated in order to cover the commissions that these attractions pay to the tourist pass companies.
With that said, you still stand to save money and having everything you want in one place is also peace of mind.
There are almost always discounts or packages available that the lower the retail cost (we explain below).
Calculate Cost Per Hour
You need to calculate the cost per hour of each tour and attraction to make sure that you are getting the best value possible.
You should make your calculations based on the actual best price and not the retail price (we explain in the examples below).
Likewise, the suggested amount of time for each attraction and tour is usually the best-case scenario.
You may very well find that you need more time than is indicated and you may experience fewer options than you planned.
You need to calculate travel time between attractions as well as time for lunch and dinner.
Remember Our Tours
When you have highly rated pay-what-you-wish tour options like Free Tours by Foot, you don’t need to consider tours available in passes.
To show you what we mean, here is a breakdown of the average time you can expect to spend at various popular attractions in New York City:
Example #1 – Top of the Rock
All passes suggest a duration of 1-2 hours, but you should count on 2, even with skip-the-line privileges, particularly in high tourist season.
The retail price is $41/adult. Based on this, you appear to be getting $20/hr/adult value.
However, you should note that you could get Top of the Rock tickets for just $36 through a company called Trusted Tours by using code NYTO5. This calculates to just $18/hr/adult value.
There are also websites such as CitySights that offer flat 10% discounts on most popular NYC attractions with code SAVE10.
Therefore, ignore the stated retail prices and calculate the best prices from discounts.
Example #2 – Statue of Liberty
This attraction is one of the worst choices to pick on a tourist pass.
Firstly, it takes at least 4 hours (we suggest 5 hours) to get through security, visit both the Statue and Ellis Island, and return.
Secondly, the tourist passes only offer access to Liberty Island and not to the Statue’s pedestal or crown.
At $18.50/adult, this is under $4/hr/adult. You are better off purchasing tickets on your own.
This post is about the Flatiron Building in NYC, including its history, how to get here, tips on the best photo spots, and nearby attractions.
When famed architect Daniel Burnham’s design for the George A. Fuller’s company’s office building was completed in 1902, it was named after Fuller himself, the Fuller building.
But, New Yorkers gave this building a name of their own, the Flatiron Building, because of its similarity to the household appliance, a flat iron.
With the intersection of Broadway and 5th Avenue forming a triangle, there was no room for a traditionally shaped building if the developer wanted to use all of the real estate available.
Instead, this plot of land, (which had always been known as the Flatiron) suggested that this, and many other buildings made at intersections would come to look like.
Spiderman fans will recognize the Flatiron Building as the Daily Bugle, and this building is a stop on our free, self-guided Superheros of NYC Tour.
The Flatiron Building is located at the intersection of Broadway and 5th avenue on 23rd street in Midtown Manhattan, about 10 blocks south of the Empire State Building.
Use this Google Maps link for directions to the Flatiron Building.
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.
Be sure to read our post on mastering the NYC subway system and help to choose the right MetroCard for you.
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.
To find out about the other three observation desk in New York City take a look at the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, or One World Trade Center Observatory?
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.
This post covers things to do in Harlem, including top sights, where to eat, where to hear great live music, how to attend a gospel service, and much more.
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This post is a summary of the March weather in New York City, including snow and rain expectations, with tips on what to wear and things to do.
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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).
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.
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.
For more info and for this year’s snow forecast, check out our post on snow in NYC.
March is the month of seasonal transition. Appropriate clothing can make or break a trip, so packing a little extra this month might be sensible for your stay in New York City.
As the month progresses, spring appears. It’s best to be prepared for both seasons so your comfort level is optimized, making your trip to the Big Apple the greatest experience of your lifetime!
You’ll need to check the weather beforehand to see if you’re going to get more of a winter or spring feel, but if you trip straddles both, bring layers!
A medium jacket and long sleeves and sweaters should do the trick.
Thermals are great for layering, like these fleece-lined ones for women by Angelina. They’re great for wearing under a jacket or on their own on a warmer day.
No need for heavy pants, as the weather can be mild. Jeans are a great option to stay comfortable in. A nice dark-wash jean dressed with a button-up is a great evening look for going out to dinner.
3. Pack Variety
Temperatures can rise into the ’50s and ’60s, so depending on your tolerance and where you’re coming from, even a pair of shorts could be warranted.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to have a scarf and gloves for those chilly mornings.
Travel scarves are great for holding things like your phone and ID/passports for making travel easier, and they’re great for keeping you warm as well!
Even though March weather can be unpredictable, there are many things to do in NYC inside and out. Below is the top 10 list from our post on things to do in NYC in March.
You may also want to read our master post on things to do in NYC at any time of year.
Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
Read our full post on things to do in NYC in March for even more ideas.
This post is about Battery Park, how to get there, and things to see and do once you are there, including getting great views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
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