It’s no secret that New York City isn’t exactly a cheap place to visit. It’s also no secret that Brian and I are on a tight budget (remember the gelato incident?).
But I was itching to see New York. I’ve dreamed of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building and the American Museum of Natural History for so long that I just had to see these iconic NYC attractions with my own eyes.
Funding my tourist dream would have cost a fortune. Thankfully, we learned of the New York CityPASS.
The New York CityPASS grants admission to six New York City attractions for only $89 total. It’s a hell of a deal.
Visit these attractions with your New York CityPASS:
The Empire State Building
The American Museum of Natural History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art)
The Guggenheim Museum OR Top of the Rock
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Cruise
Brian and I visited the American Museum of Natural History, the Empire State Building the Metropolitan Museum of Art and took the Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan and Ellis Island. Each and every one of these experiences lived up to my expectations, but here are a few of the highlights:
American History Museum
Learning about how our planet was born during a visit to the Planetarium. Seeing one of the few real specimens of Tyrannosaurus Rex on public display. Adding fuel to my already-out-of-control-phobia at the grizzly bear window.
I wouldn’t want to run into this guy in a dark alley
Check out those Grizzly Bear claws
Empire State Building
Taking pictures of the nighttime NYC skyline from the top of the Empire State Building (it’s open until 2 a.m.!). Learning the history of the city with the fantastic audio tour (free with the New York CityPASS).
New York City from the Empire State Building
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Standing so close to original paintings by Picasso and van Gogh that I could have reached out and touched them. Seeing the original armor worn by Henry VIII. Viewing art and jewelry made by the ancient Egyptians.
Vincent van Gogh self portrait
Not Henry VIII armor (I didn’t get a picture of it) but armor nonetheless
Circle Line Cruise
Viewing Manhattan from the water. Floating beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the first time and imagining what that moment must have been like for the thousands of immigrants that passed through those doors. It’s an experience that I will never forget. It brought me to tears.
Manhattan from the water. That tall building under construction is the Freedom Tower, built in the footprint of the twin towers.
The State of Liberty
Brian and I were provided with complimentary New York CityPASS’s but believe me when I say that we would have paid full price for them. You can learn more and/or purchase the New York CityPASS on the New York CityPASS website.