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by London Schweppes (subscribe)
Domestic goddess and backyard explorer with a passion for freelance writing!
Published July 17th 2014
It's easy It's affordable It's comprehensive
It's easy. It's affordable. It's comprehensive.

Our trip to New York would not have been complete without the New York CityPASS. We purchased our pass at our first sightseeing stop which was the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. The ferry tickets to the Statue and Ellis island were available from Battery Park which is where the passes were sold too, the southern tip of Manhattan, where all the ferries departed from. You can however, purchase the CityPASS from any major tourist attraction or if you're very organised, online.

The pass potentially covers multiple attractions in New York, all accessible with one little booklet. The great thing about it was it seemed to be recognised at most of the major attractions, which had a separate queue for New York CityPASS holders, which was fantastic as it meant you didn't have to wait as long in the ordinary queues.

Some of the attractions that were included in the pass were The Empire State Building including a climb/lift up to the 65th floor for the amazing views and best of all you could one back the same night for night time views all in one ticket, the above mentioned Statue of Liberty, and the Rockefeller Centre and the views from 'the top of the rock'. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to climb up to the top of the Empire State again that evening, however, that would've been great opportunity. Twice in one day!

Furthermore for the shopaholics out there, there are also discounts from Bloomingdales and Macy's, which helps your wallet that tiny bit, although it's not a huge amount but better than nothing. I'm sure we'll all be going in those stores at least once given a chance. The trick is to remember that you do have those vouchers when you go shopping, otherwise like me, you'll remember after you leave the store and have to go to the trouble of going back to redeem them.

Overall, we had a great experience with the pass and recommend it to anyone travelling for the first time to New York City as it covers almost everything.
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Why? It's easy. It's affordable. It's comprehensive.
When: anytime
Where: New York city
Cost: Price currently is $129 adults, $109 children. New York C3 is $92/adults and $72 children.
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