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New York City Discounts for Travelers

Save on your vacation with these attraction passes, coupons & more

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If you're trying to make the most of your time in New York City, check out these ideas for attraction passes and discounts to help you stretch your travel budget.

1. New York CityPASS

Guggenheim Museum in New York  The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Admission to 6 Attractions/Tours over 9 Days!
The New York CityPASS offers access to six attractions within nine days for $106 ($79 for kids 6-17), making it the most straightforward of the New York City admission passes. If you're planning to go to 4 or more of the included attractions, you'll find that the pass offers value and convenience.
Included Attractions:
  1. Empire State Building
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. Guggenheim Museum
  4. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  5. The Met
  6. Either a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise or Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise.

2. New York Pass

Choose from 1, 2, 3 or 7 Days Of Unlimited Access
The New York Pass offers visitors a choice of 1, 2, 3 or 7 days and access to over 80 different attractions for $85-207 ($60-148 for children). Admission covers most popular New York City attractions, including top sights, popular New York City museums, and guided tours. You'll have to pack a very full schedule to get good value from the 1 and 2 day passes, but the 3 and 7 day passes offer great opportunities for savings for many visitors.

3. New York City Explorer Pass

New York City Explorer Pass
Choose from 3, 5, 7 or 10 Sights/Tours in 30 days
The New York City Explorer Pass gives purchasers a 30-day window to see 3, 5, 7, or 10 New York City attractions. Passes cost $80-179 for adults ($58-119 for children 3-12) and you can choose from over 50 different tours and attractions. You'll want to choose your attractions wisely to get good value from the New York City Explorer Pass -- while there are many included tours and attractions that cost more than $20, it doesn't make a ton of sense to use the pass for tours/admissions that cost less than that each.

4. Free and Discount Admission Days at New York City Museums

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Admission to many New York City museums can be $20 or more, which can kill just about any travel budget. Fortunately, many New York City museums offer free and discount admission if you know when to visit. Check out our schedule of free and pay-what-you-wish admission days at New York City museums and plan to include one on your vacation.

5. New York City's Best Free Attractions

Great Lawn in Central Park
Heather Cross
No discount is going to beat the price of something that's free! Here's a great list of New York City attractions that you can enjoy for no cost at all, including boat rides, museums and beautiful parks.

6. Free Walking Tours in New York City

Oyster Bar Arches in Grand Central
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One of my favorite ways to explore a city is on foot -- it gives you a real sense of place that you can't get while riding a bus around. With a guide to lead the way, you'll have the opportunity to learn a lot about the neighborhood, including many things you won't find in a guidebook. Our round-up highlights some free walking tours offered in NYC.

7. Best Free Things For Families To Do in NYC

If you're traveling to New York City with your kids, the price of meals, admissions and transit are going to add up quickly! Check out our list of the best free things for families to do in NYC to get lots of inspiration and ideas for fun ways to enjoy your vacation without spending a dime!

8. New York City Entertainment Book

The New York City Entertainment Book offers lots of coupons for various New York City attractions and landmarks. Depending on your plans, you can really save a lot by using the New York City Entertainment Book, especially if you don't mind planning your meals around the buy one, get one free entree coupons.

9. More New York City Budget Travel Advice

About.com's Guide to Budget Travel has put together some comprehensive information for visiting New York City on a budget. His advice covers everything from saving on your travel and hotel costs to making the most of your daily spending on meals and attractions.

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