The New York Pass works differently. It covers more than 80 different attractions, including all those covered by the CityPass above, and offers visitors a choice of 1, 2, 3 5, 7 or 10 day validity. The passes must be used on consecutive days, and during that time you can visit as many attractions as you like (but only once per attraction). This means you’ll need to pack a lot in to get the best value out of the 1 and 2 day passes, but you can make substantial overall savings on the 5, 7 and 10 day passes. When booked online, prices in 2016 range from US$109 for the adult 1-day pass to US$319.20 for the adult 10-day pass.
Other types of discount pass include the New York Explorer Pass, where you can select a fixed number of attractions to visit over a 30 day period, and the New York City Entertainment Book, which contains money-off coupons for attractions, restaurants, cinemas and sporting events.
Free events in New York’s parks
The High Line is one of our favourite outdoor spaces in the city, and there are plenty of things to do in the park for little or no cost. Every Tuesday between April and October, the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of New York hosts a free stargazing night using high-powered telescopes. Also on Tuesdays are free guided walking tours, giving you an opportunity to learn more about the High Line’s design and history. You can also attend free meditation or Tai Chi sessions on Tuesdays between June and September. Most of all though, we just love hanging out at the park’s ‘10th Avenue Theater’, watching the world go by at our feet.
Central Park is not short on free events and activities either, with Conservatory Garden tours every Saturday morning between April and October. If you’re travelling with a budding LeBron James, then get them down to the free Youth Basketball Clinic for 5 to 17 year olds, where they’ll learn to shoot hoops like a pro. Younger kids will also be in their element in Central Park – it’s home to 20 different playgrounds and the Tisch Children’s Zoo (within the main Central Park Zoo) where little folk can pet and feed the potbellied pigs and other barnyard animals. Entrance is cheaper if you buy tickets online in advance.