Review of New York Pass with Families
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Review of New York Pass with Families

NY PassYou head to NY for a few days or even an entire week with the family. You want to do it all. You don’t know where or how to start. Our experience with the New York Pass gave us the flexibility and organization to do as much or as little as we wanted. This is imperative when traveling with little ones. 

We partnered with the New York Pass to see how the 80+ attraction pass for our trip would be a Smart Mama product for families traveling to NYC. Our 2-day passes gave us access to over 80 attraction in and around Manhattan.  

NY Pass Book

No, We Didn’t Do It All

And that’s okay. No matter the city you visit, there are always dozen of attractions and things to do. NYC might have the largest list. Before we headed to the Big Apple, I downloaded the New York Pass app onto my iPad. It was fun to scroll through the different attractions that might interest the family. Together we created somewhat of mock itineraries of what we could do. At first we were a bit ambitious thinking it could head to several museums and tours in one day. Then Tom and I remembered that we were traveling with a 7 year old and a toddler. 

NY Pass Top of Rock

10 Most Interesting Things to Do

As I mentioned earlier, the1gives you access to over 80 attractions. We selected 10 that might be good for our family. This was our list (in no particular order.)

  1. American Museum of Natural  History
  2. Statue of Liberty
  3. Empire State Building
  4. Top of the Rock
  5. Museum of Modern Art
  6. Radio City Music Hall Stage Tour
  7. New York Skyride
  8. Tour at Lincoln Center
  9. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  10. Central Park Bicycle Rental & Tours

Selecting Attractions & Enjoying Flexibility

Based on weather (it was freeeeeeezing cold) and temperament of the kids we visited the American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock, Museum of Modern Art and Statue of Liberty Cruise & Tour. Our tickets to each of these attraction were “prepaid” with the New York Pass. We simply had to go to the ticket counter, show our pass and and we were handed the tickets. The Statue of Liberty did require advance notification/reservation. 

NY Pass Statue

What we liked best about the New York Pass was the flexibility it gave us. We weren’t tied down to a certain museum because we had just spent a fortune (NY attractions aren’t cheap) on admission tickets. If one child got cranky or if we didn’t like the attraction we could leave and head somewhere else without feeling guilty. I believe this type of flexibility is great for families. You just never knew who is going to like what. 

New York Pass Discounts & Prices

The New York Pass also offers decent discounts on a variety of dining, shopping and tour venues. Check out the entire list:

You can purchase a New York Pass online at I came across different discounts online for the pass. Adult passes are $85/adult and $60/child for one day. The price per day lowers when you buy more days. 

Check out for more details on the pass and how it can help your family plan and enjoy your travels in New York City.



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