I wrote earlier in the month that Z and I had canceled our 2008 road trip in order to ride The Cyclone at Coney Island in its last year of existence instead. Since we’ll be going all the way to New York, it only made sense to see some of the sights there as well, so I’ve been doing a little online New York tourism of late. Yesterday I discovered New York CityPass and assumed this would be perfect for us. Not only does the City Pass save us 50% off admission prices to six major New York attractions (a New York CityPass is $65 for adults (compared to $130 price if the tickets were purchased separately), and $49 for youths 12-17 (a value of $89.50)), but it also allows us to skip the main line at many attractions. Essentially it’s a sort of price-saving “Flash Pass”, but for New York City instead of an amusement park. The attractions are all on my “hit” list as well: the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the new Greek and Roman galleries, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, a trip to the top of the Empire State Building Observatory and a tour of the Manhattan skyline from the water aboard a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. Overall, this is an amazing package deal. The only things its missing are an actual visit to the Statue of Liberty (although it can be seen from the sightseeing cruise) and tickets to a Broadway show.
Alas, it was not to be, for us. The passes are only good between December 15, 2007 and March 15, 2008. We won’t be visiting New York until June 🙁 But if you’ll be in New York during that time frame and are a fan of museums you should definitely pick up one of these books. New York ain’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination and with the money (and time) you save thanks to your City Pass you might just be able to get those theater tickets after all.