Why You Should Use A NYC CityPASS To Explore New York City

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In the fall of 2013, I was in NYC and used an NYC CityPASS to explore. The premise of my NYC trip was to spend time with my cousin Chris who owns a gallery in Melbourne and was going to be there for work. I am quite fond of him but since he lives all the way in Australia, I don’t get to see him very much. It was a perfect opportunity to meet up with him since he was going to be on my side of the world. I found a super cheap flight out to NYC and stayed at my friend Leo’s place in Chinatown. Chris had planned on visiting many of the major museums on his trip and I asked if I could tag along.



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**Please note that this post has been updated in Nov 2014. The prices for some of the attractions have gone up but the CityPASS price has remained the same. Also, you can now use a Mobile Voucher instead of having a pass mailed to you.**

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I read about CityPASS and I thought it would be ideal to use one since I was going to be visiting many of those museums. Many cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, Tampa, etc. have them and the passes allow you to visit many popular tourist attractions and save you money. (Please note the Hollywood program ended at the end of February 2014). NYC CityPASS is fantastic! It’s perfect for art lovers. I went on a serious art-a-thon! Besides museums like the MET, the MOMA, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History, you can also head over to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty, go to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center), and to the Empire State Building Observatory. In all of the times I have visited NYC and including the time I lived there, I had never been to the top of the Empire State nor the Top of the Rock.  I had to cross all of these things off my NYC to do list!

I did not go to the Statue of Liberty or the Museum of Natural History (I’d already visited before) but here is savings breakdown for what I did do:

Admission prices

Empire State Building – $36
Top of the Rock – $34
Guggenheim – $25
The Met – $25
MOMA – $25

NYC CityPASS costs $122. Even though I didn’t go to every site, I still would have saved $23. That’s a meal right there! Yay for savings! Please note that you must use your pass within 9 consecutive days after your first visit to one of the sites.

Now for a mini visual tour of the venues I visited using my NYC CityPASS:

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Outside of the MET

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Sculpture by John Chamberlain

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Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen

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Jackson Pollock


While we were at the MOMA, we were able to see a special exhibit of paintings by Rene Magritte. The coolest thing was one of the pieces was on loan from the National Gallery of Australia and it had been framed by my cousins’ framing company, Fini Frames.

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Said Magritte piece framed by FINI!

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Starry Night by Van Gogh

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Agampanthus by Monet

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Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

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Picasso Sculpture, baby

The Guggenheim

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What a beautiful building

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Ceiling at the Guggenheim

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Christopher Wool

Top Of The Rock (Rockefeller Center)

I went at night so I was able to see an incredible sunset over New York City!

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This sunset was insane!

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The amazing NYC at night and oh look it’s the Empire State Building!

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Myself at the Top of the Rock with the Empire State in the background

The Empire State Building Observation Deck

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View of NYC! You can see the Chrysler Building!

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Oh NYC I love you!

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**Disclosure: Many thanks to CityPASS for the complimentary pass. As always, opinions expressed are solely my own.**

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