Free Unlimited Access to Attractions in NYC
Flights all booked to go to New York? Then it's time to start planning your itinerary! You probably want to squeeze in as many highlights as possible during your trip to the Big Apple. But, if you want to see absolutely everything, it can quickly become very expensive paying into each attraction. The best tip for saving money when you go to New York: invest in a discount pass! The New York Pass allows you to visit an unlimited number of attractions during your stay. Your only concern will be getting up early enough in the morning to fit everything into your days! With the help of Eric from NewYork.co.uk, we have put together the best things you can do and see with the pass.
New York Pass Attractions
Best views in the city
The Empire State Building is an iconic landmark in New York. Located in the epicentre of the bustling Midtown District, it’s a must-see attraction for every first-timer. The 102-story skyscraper is a focal point on the island of Manhattan, as it can be viewed from almost all over the city. From the 86th-floor observation lookout in the Empire State Building, you can see The Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and the famous Brooklyn Bridge. It is advisable to go early in the day or late at night to avoid the crowds. For spectacular views of the dazzling Midtown skyline, visit at night to be blown away (by the views, of course!) For the real altitude enthusiasts, there is also an observation deck on the 102nd floor that you can visit.
Another famous observation lookout is Top of the Rock, on the 70th floor of Rockefeller Center. It is not quite as tall, but from here you have equally breathtaking views. The best thing about Top of the Rock? You have optimal views of the Empire State Building! If you visit during the day you can see across the beautiful Central Park, whereas it will be in darkness at night. Do you have the New York Pass? You can kill two birds with the one stone; Top of the Rock by day and the Empire State Building by night!
Pay a visit to Lady Liberty
You must, of course, see the Statue of Liberty when you go to New York. There are two of the best options to consider. Hop on the ferry from Battery Park, where you will first dock at Liberty Island, home to Lady Liberty. From there it’s onto Ellis Island. Between 1892 and 1954, millions of immigrants arrived by boat looking for a better life, alternatively known as ‘the American Dream’ in the United States. Do you want to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty? Make sure you book tickets well in advance because there are only a limited number of tickets available and they sell like hotcakes!
Otherwise, another option is to take a cruise that sails past the Statue of Liberty and around Manhattan. If you are pushed for time, this is a better option to combine both the Statue of Liberty and a fun sightseeing cruise that includes other important landmarks. The New York Pass includes an array of different cruises to choose from too. From a 60-minute roundtrip
cruise departing from Midtown to the Statue of Liberty to a 2.5-hour cruise around Manhattan. For something a little more romantic, there is also a Harbor Lights Sunset Cruise, with stunning views of the skyline as the sun begins to set.
See the Statue of Liberty completely free of charge? Also a feasible option! Take the free Staten Island Ferry that departs from Lower Manhattan. Although the views are from a distance, you can also tick Staten Island off your list. Two boroughs down, three to go!
New York by Bike
Alicia Keys coined it the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of”, however, located in the centre of Manhattan sits a gigantic green gem that goes by the name of Central Park. With 843 acres of nature, Central Park is too immense to explore entirely on foot. Why not opt for a bike? If cycling isn’t your usual form of transport, don’t worry because there is a recreational route in Central Park that is car-free. However, as traffic can be pretty chaotic along the busy avenues and streets, save your city cycling outside of Central Park for somewhere like Amsterdam!
Looking for more of a challenge? Cycle over the Brooklyn Bridge and explore the borough of Brooklyn! Do not underestimate it, the incline of the bridge can be deceivingly intense. With the New York Pass, you can choose to rent your bike or go on a bike tour with a guide.
Gospel in Harlem or Brooklyn
Get acquainted with the cultural movement of gospel music in New York. As a tourist and outsider, you are typically not welcome to attend a Sunday service. But with a tour, it’s a golden opportunity to experience an authentic Sunday worshipping like a true local! Learn more about the extensive history of gospel, but also about the boroughs of Harlem or Brooklyn, depending on the tour you choose.
Museum hop your way through New York
New York City is full of many famous museums. Whether you like modern art or simply looking for something more interactive for the children, you will undoubtedly find it in New York. There is something to satisfy everyone’s taste! The best thing about the New York Pass is that it includes access to most museums too. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, you can easily walk in and take a look around. Not your cup of tea? Move on to the next one and keep exploring!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest in New York. The collection is incredibly diverse, it is virtually impossible to view the entire museum in one day. The building alone is an architectural masterpiece, a reason in itself to visit The Met during your trip. Speaking of beautiful buildings: the Guggenheim is also highly recommended. The extraordinary curved building has a permanent collection, but also temporary exhibitions. An enriching educational experience for both children and adults alike is the American Museum of Natural History. The museum is best known from the film ‘Night at the Museum’ and the impressive collection of dinosaur skeletons. Last but not least: do not forget to visit the 9/11 Museum. The museum mainly focuses on the horrendous events surrounding the attacks take occurred on September 11th 2001. For those curious to hear about the personal stories of those involved, a visit to the 9/11 Tribute Museum is also worth a visit. Prepare to be emotionally moved!
In short, if you are looking for the key to New York City, the New York Pass is it. With this newfound knowledge and your New York Pass ready at hand, you are more than well prepared to explore New York!