How to Explore NYC and Cut All the Lines!

by brian on April 24, 2009

In a post a few weeks ago I mentioned CityPass. CityPass allows you for one price to purchase tickets to a city’s main attractions.

CityPass saves you TIME by not having to buy separate tickets at each attraction and you’ll save over 45% if you bought CityPass then if you purchased tickets individually. Best part – you get to cut the line and move straight to the front!

Locales covered by CityPass:
New York
San Francisco
Southern California

Ladies and Gentlemen, you can’t whisper on the Internet. After my initial thoughts on CityPass, the good folks there read my post and sent me two complimentary CityPasses to use in New York City! I didn’t talk to CityPass, they contacted me. Grabbing my Dad, we went off to explore NYC.

I don’t need Mayor Bloomberg – The Keys to the City – via CityPass

 How to Explore NYC and Cut All the Lines!

We first started at the Empire State Building. We got there about 9:30AM on a cloudy morning so the lines were not long at all. I can imagine what it is like on a sunny spring Saturday or Sunday.

If you do have CityPass you can skip the long lines for tickets. Just flash the book to the ushers and security and you cut to the head of the line. We even had a special, shorter line for the metal detectors and security scan. This is even more important during the busy spring and summer tourist seasons, where long lines will definitely await you!

The CityPass ticket got us entrance to the 86th floor observatory. There is a separate $15US fee to get to the 102nd floor, which we passed on. The 86th floor observatory was fine for us.

Me and Pops. He picked the wrong hat for this excursion. The wind was blowing so hard that high up I thought he was going to lose his hat.

 How to Explore NYC and Cut All the Lines!

Yes there are people there, but not many. You won’t get this shot once it starts to get warm…

 How to Explore NYC and Cut All the Lines!

From the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, a view towards uptown

 How to Explore NYC and Cut All the Lines!

Next time: Using CityPass we head to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

rhonalala April 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Not bad!! Excellen snag. Can’t wait for Lady Liberty.


brian April 24, 2009 at 8:53 PM

It was great fun getting around the city and seeing things we normally drive or walk by without a second glance. It was rainy and cold, but Liberty and Ellis Islands were great to visit.


Fernando Gomes March 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

When you came to Brazil I’d like to invite visit Rio de Janeiro with Rio de Janeiro PASS



London Amsterdam Train May 17, 2011 at 4:47 AM

Nice post..I was just going through your site and have a complete look of it . I think it is a good informational site. Thanks for giving information about the City passes which I needed. So please keep it up.


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