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Unlimited Pass: The SightSeeing PASS and the New York Pass

New York offers attractions and visits like no other cities in the world and you may want to access to a lot of them!
Then the SightSeeing PASS and the New York Pass are made for you!
Let me explain it to you!

Why should you pick an unlimited pass ?

Three reasons to choose an unlimited pass: :

  It’s your second or third trip to New York: Most likely that you’ve visited the main attractions offered by an unlimited pass. They offer a greater choice out of the beaten path, less popular or unusual attractions.

  You’re spending one week in New York (or more) and want to see everything New York City has to offer: An unlimited pass offers so many attractions that you’ll always find something new to do. Even if you try to do 5 attractions per day, during 7 days (I don’t know if it’s possible) you won’t even do the half of what the Pass offers!

  You have no budget restrictions: The 7 days packages offer more flexibility to schedule your visits. If it’s something you can afford then this is a great option.

As you can see, the choice essentially depends on your expectations and the length of your stay.

It won’t be wiser to get an unlimited pass for 1 or 2 days or for a short time stay since it’s harder to make a profit: you will at least enjoy 10 visits and feel frustrated knowing that you’d only used 10% of the options offered by the pass.
In fact, my personal advice is to take a 7 days package that is pricier but will allow you to do more things without feeling pressured by time.

The SightSeeing PASS (Unlimited Pass)

The SightSeeing PASS grants you with unlimited attractions as you wish during 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. The more attractions you visit, the more money you save! You will save up to 65% ($300) comparing to the price you'll pay separately.
It offers over 90 attractions for a flat low price, with some exclusive hop-on hop-off bus loops, the One World Observatory...

Having a pass allows you to skip general admission lines, you will save some valuable time!
The Sightseeing PASS is valid for consecutive days and expires depending on the duration you purchased.
You just have to present your mobile ticket or printed pass (QR Code) to get in! For some attractions, you will have to go to a visitor center to redeem your entry. Here you will find all the information about it.

List of attractions included in the pass

Attractions & Museums
• Empire State Building Observatory
• One World Observatory
• Madame Tussaud's All Access Pass
• Ripley's Believe It or Not
• 9/11 Tribute Center
• Guggenheim Museum
• American Museum of Natural History
• Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island
• Ground Zero Museum Workshop : 100 Images & Artifacts Tour
• Madison Square Garden All Access tour
• Inside out Tours - Bronx'x Little Italy
• Lighthouse Museum
• Whitney Museum of American Art
• New York Botanical Gardens
• Brooklyn Museum
• Staten Island Children's Museum
• Staten Island Museum
• The TOUR
• The Ride (+$20 upgrade)
• New York Historical Society Museum and Library
• The Radio City Stage Door Tour
• Central Park Horse and Carriage (20 minute ride.)
• Museum of the City of New York
• Museum of Jewish Heritage
• Museum of American Finance
• Fraunces Tavern Museum
• Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens
• El Museo del Barrio
• Brooklyn Historical Society
• Museum at Eldridge Street
• LOL Times Square Magic

Walking & Bike Tours
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Walk Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Pass Bike Rental - 12h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Tour - 2h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Rental - 2h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
• On Location TOurs Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - SoHo & Little Italy Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - Broadway Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - Greenwich Village Walking Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Rollerblade Rental - 24h
• Wall Street Walks - Wall Street Walking Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour - 2h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Rollerblade Rental - 24h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Hudson River Day Pass Bike Rental - 12h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Hudson River Rollerblade Rental - 24h
• Inside Out Tours - South Bronx Renaissance Tour
• Inside Out Tours - NYC Slavery Walking Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Tour Rental - 1h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Tour Rental - 12h
• Wall Street Walks - Secret of Downtown Walking Tour
• Brooklyn Unplugged - Brownstone Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Walking Tour
• Brooklyn Unplugged - Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn
• Brooklyn UNplugged - Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour
• Macy's Historical Tour
• Hush Tours - Walk this Way Thru Harlem Tour (hip-hop walking tour)
• Hush Tours - Hunts Point Street Art Walking Tour (Bronx)
• Hush Tours - Where Brooklyn At? ($20 upgrade fee paid to Hush Tours)

Bus & Boat Tours
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Downtown Tour
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Uptown Tour
• Citysightseeing New York Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour
• Citysightseeing New York Sunset Cruise
• Woodburry Common Outlets Super Saver Ticket
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Night Tour
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Brooklyn Tour
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Bronx Tour
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Manhattan Experience Highlights
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Multilingual Tour
• Statue of Liberty Express (New York Water Taxi)
• New York Water Taxi - Statue by Night
• Circle Line Liberty Cruise (1h)
• Hush Tours - Birthplace of hip-hop Bus Tour ($20 upgrade fee paid to Hush Tours)
• On Location Tours - When Harry Met Sally Bus Tour
• Circle Line Landmark Cruise (1,5h, +$5 fee paid to Circle Line)

Dining Deals
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant - Prix Fixe Menu
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant Harlem - Prix Fixe Menu
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant Brooklyn - Prix Fixe Menu
• $15 towards lunch or dinner at Planet Hollywood
• $15 towards lunch or dinner at Buca di Beppo

The price of the SightSeeing PASS depends on the number of days you choose

Nº of DaysAdultChild
1 Day$129$89
2 Days$179$149
3 Days$249$199
4 Days$279$219
5 Days$304$239
6 Days$324$249
7 Days$340$259
8 Days$399$279

NB:
- the SightSeeing PASS is the only pass that includes the One World Observatory and the Top of the Rock, but it does not include the Empire State Building !
- the pass is activated the moment it is scanned for admission at your first attraction, bus tour or restaurant.
- the pass is valid for consecutive days, depending on the duration of the pass you purchased. For example, if you begin using your 3-day pass on a Wednesday, it will be valid for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week.

Purchase your pass
To purchase your pass you just have to click on the button.
The table shows the original rates, but in general there are discounted rates from $50 to $150 depending on the pass.

SightSeeing PASS

To redeem your pass:
After purchasing your pass on the Internet, you can either:
- print it out
- take a picture of the QR Code and use your mobile phone as your ticket.
Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission!

The New York Pass

In one word, the New York Pass, grants you access at more than 80 attractions with a $300 saving on the top 10 New York attractions!

The pass is valid for 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days depending on the pass.

Just like the Sightseeing Pass, the New York pass only expires starting the first day of use.

The New York Pass is designed as micro ship card, easy to store and use (can only be use once for each attraction).
Once again, for a number of attractions, you gain easy access and without waiting in lines with the fast tracks

  List of attractions included in the pass

0
• 9/11 Memorial & Museum
• 9/11 Tribute Center

A
• Alternative New York Street Art Tour: Brooklyn
• American Museum of Natural History
• Atlantic City Excursion on Academy Bus

B
• Big Bus Tours - Hop-On Hop-off Tours
• Blazing Saddles
• Bronx’s Little Italy and Arthur Avenue Tour
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden
• Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tours and Rentals
• Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Walking Tour
• Brooklyn Children's Museum
• Brooklyn Historical Society
• Brooklyn Museum

C
• Carnegie Hall Tours
• Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours
• Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours and Rentals
• Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour
• Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises Manhattan By Sail
• Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

D
• Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

E
• El Museo del Barrio
• Empire State Building Observation Deck
• Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones

F
• Fashion Windows Walking Tour
• FDNY Fire Zone
• Food on Foot Tours
• Fraunces Tavern

G
• Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
• Greenwich Village Tour

H
• Hallelujah ! Gospel Wednesday
• Harlem One Stop Cultural & Heritage Walking and Step-On Group Tour Packages
• High Line-Chelsea-Meatpacking Tour
• Historic Richmond Town
• Hudson River Sightseeing Bike Rentals

I
• Inside Broadway Tours
• International Center of Photography Museum
• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

J
J• ewish Children's Museum

L
• Luna Park @ Coney Island - Free Wrist Band

M
• Madame Tussauds New York
• Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour
• MoMA PS1
• Morris-Jumel Mansion
• Museum at Eldridge St.
• Museum of American Finance
• Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
• Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
• Museum of Sex
• Museum of the City of New York

N
• New Museum
• New York Botanical Garden
• New York Hall of Science
• New York Historical Society
• ew York Transit Museum
• New York Water Taxi
• NYC Gospel Walking Tour
• NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

O
• On Location Tours Central Park TV and Movie Sites
• On Location Tours When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour

Q
• Queens Museum of Art

R
• Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
• Rockefeller Center Tour

S
• Secrets of Downtown: Tour Lower Manhattan
• Shearwater Classic Schooner – Manhattan by Sail
• SoHo-­Little Italy-­Chinatown Walking Tour
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• Staten Island Botanical Garden
• Staten Island Children's Museum
• Staten Island Yankees
• Statue of Liberty Ferry Tickets (NDLR : Ellis Island inclus)

T
• The Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO neighborhood tour
• The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
• The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
• The Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• The Paley Center for Media
• The Ride
• The Skyscraper Museum
• The Studio Museum in Harlem
• Top of the Rock
• Tour at Lincoln Center

V
• Van Cortlandt House Museum
• Visite à pied Sud Bronx Renaissance

W
• Wall Street Tour: Tour the New York Financial District
• Wall Street Walks
• Wave Hill
• Weeksville Heritage Center
• Whitney Museum of American Art

Y
• Yankee Stadium Tours

The New York Pass rates depend on your package:

PackageAdultChildren*
Pass 1 day$127$94
Pass 2 days$189$159
Pass 3 days$273$199
Pass 4 days$299$219
Pass 5 days$325$240
Pass 7 days$375$260
Pass 10 days$425$285

Note: kids rate applies for kids aged between 4 to 12.

In addition, the New York Pass offers a number of savings or gifts in partnership with stores, restaurants, shows, entertainments and even tours that are not part of the listings.

For more information on the New York Pass (locations, schedules, routes details or more), don’t hesitate to download the official guide in PDF format (229 pages, approximately 20Mo).

To purchase your pass, you just have to click on the button.
The table shows the original rates, but in general there's 30% off.

New York Pass

To redeem your pass:
When you purchase your pass, you receive an e-mail with a QR Code that you only have to display on your phone!
You also have the option to get your pass delivered at home but it’s expensive, not a great deal if you consider the price of your pass. Expect to pay up to $25 to receive your pass by mail delivery (UPS delivery up to 3 business days). That’s extra money you can save if you simply print your voucher in exchange of your New York Pass.
Once in New York, you just have to go to one of the following location to redeem your Pass.

   Display locations to redeem your voucher

  Midtown West (near Times Square):
BIG BUS WELCOME CENTER
Address: 716 7th Avenue, NY, NY 10019
Opening hours: Everyday, 8am to 8pm

BIG BUS BOX OFFICE AT THE LYRIC
Address: 214 West 43rd Street, NY, NY 10036.
Opening hours: everyday 8am to 5pm.

BIG BUS INFORMATION DESK AT BB KINGS
Address: 237 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036
Opening hours: 8am to 5pm.

SightSeeing PASS or New York Pass?

After reading the article you may don't know which pass to pick!
It can help you to know their differences:
- The SightSeeing PASS includes the entry to the One World Observatory.
- The New York Pass includes the entry to the Top of the Rock.
- You have to redeem your New York Pass in one of the visitor centers listed above, and you can start using your SightSeeing PASS as soon as you want!

Conclusion

The question is not whether one pass is better than the other (both are interesting), but to find out which one is appropriate for you and your needs.
If this is not your first trip and/or you are an avid visitor an unlimited Pass might be more suitable for you with guaranteed satisfaction!
In any case, these passes let you enjoy some great savings and are great tips to discover the Big Apple stress free at a lower cost.

The rates of the passes and activities/attractions can change, always check them on the official websites in the links provided above.



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