I like to do things myself. But that does not mean it is always better; there is definitely an added advantage for package deals.
CityPass is one of those things, and its value can vary from city to city. In the case of the New York C3 passes, it can save visitors save up to 35%; on the other hand, they can also end up paying 23% more.
Unlike the rest of their passes, the CityPass C3 allows visitors to pick any three New York city attractions from a wide selection of choices for $87—and is also available for mobile and/or printing.
Unless you plan on visiting the more expensive attractions, the savings can be negligible. It really does depend.
It does provide a significant amount of flexibility compared to other CityPasses and allows visitors to skip to the front of the line. On a bottom-of-the-barrel budget, it's possible to get away for cheaper if every cent matters.
Like most things, it depends on how you value time.
To get an idea if the New York C3 will save any money, use the calculator below to figure out if you will come out ahead. Here are the admission prices we used:1
|The Empire State Building Experience||$42.00|
|Top of the Rock Observation Deck||$38.00|
|American Museum of Natural History||$23.00|
|9/11 Memorial & Museum||$26.00|
|Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island||$23.50|
|The Metropolitan Museum of Art||$25.00|
|Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises||$29.00|
|Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum||$33.00|
|Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises||$30.00|
|Edge at Hudson Yards||$36.00|
For those that don't know, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History are "suggested prices" for local tri-state area residents, meaning you can get in for free (or for a cent) if you can get a local to bum you in.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum also has free admission on Mondays, with a select number of tickets available.
New Yorkers can be assholes like that. JK!
- These are the cheapest prices available for a non-resident adult. Prices accurate as of date published. ↩