When visiting a city the size of New York, it is difficult to narrow down the best sights to see if you are limited to only one day. Most of the attractions listed herein are consider to be the highlights of a visit to New York City. In previous articles I have written about my favorite museum in NYC, The MET and its associate museum in Harlem, The Cloisters. I also shared my thoughts on Modern Art at MoMA in a previous post. In those articles I tried to share enough information to assist any tourist in the development of their travel plans and educate any reader about what to expect at the various venues. This article will show you how to see the best attractions and how get the greatest value from the purchase of a *New York Pass.
For $85 you can get a One Day -Adult pass. Children’s pass for one day is $60. There are other prices for 2-day, 3-day and 5 -day passes. If you are in the city for more than just a day, those may be better options for you. Check the complete list of price ranges here. Understand that many or most of these “main attractions” are located in Manhattan. There are other attractions in other parts of the city, but if you spend the day traveling between attractions you will have wasted the ticket. New York City is comprised of 5 boroughs and there is plenty more to see. Think about coming back for another visit!
To get the greatest value from a 1 day ticket it is important to try to visit some of the places with higher entry fees. For example; the Empire State Building cost $25 to go to the Main Deck – 86th floor, (there is an option to go to the Top Deck -102nd floor, but it is not available using the NY Pass.
Here is a link to the article I wrote about friends from Beijing visiting. We did the “Top of the Rock” and we took the Circle Line Cruise that leaves Pier 83 (at 42nd St. on the West side at 12th Ave.). They offer a variety of cruises for any budget.
There are two other sailing options available using the NYP; the Clipper City Tall Ship is normally $39 for a 90 minute sailing trip near the Brooklyn Bridge. The other option; Shearwater Sailing Cruise is $45 for a 90 minute to 2 hour sailing trip that goes past the Statue of Liberty. When I was a youngster, I made the long climb up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty and thought it was rather boring, especially after waiting on a long line. Seeing the statue without standing in line and be able to snap some photos from a sailboat is more fun! Of course, these sailing options should only be considered if the weather is good. I don’t imagine there would be much joy sailing in the rain.
There are some attractions that you can access using a NY Pass, but they are available at low cost anyway. Two examples are; The American Museum of Natural History and The MET. The former is a great spot to take kids. There are plenty of kid friendly activities and this museum offers a lot of science exhibits and information about nature. The latter is a fantastic museum filled with art from around the world across many different time periods and genres. Both of these museums have a policy that “suggests” or “recommends” a donation to enter. The fact is that you can pay as little as $1 to enter! The $25 dollar fee is only a suggestion — it is not mandatory. So, it seems silly to me to waste your valuable NY Pass ticket on a visit to either of these museums that you really don’t have to pay $20 + to get in. I think it is important to be a wise traveler and use your cash prudently. On the other hand MoMA is $25 to get in as is the Guggenheim Museum . Visiting one or both would be better use of you NY Pass if you enjoy Modern Art .