Hot Tickets: Take a PASS on City Attraction Prices

April 29, 2010
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Planning a vacation visit to any number of our great cities, it’s possible to be left breathless by the array of choices of must-see things to do — and the expense of doing them. There may be ways to look for less expensive hotels and more reasonable restaurants, but the tourist attraction prices aren’t usually ripe for haggling.

Which makes programs like CityPASS the more attractive.

Using these, you can buy discount tickets in advance to some of the highlights of some of the great North American cities. These are the places you’d likely be visiting anyway so why not take advantage of a way to save in the process?

For example, the New York CityPASS offers discount admission to the Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American
Museum of Natural History and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as option tickets that give travelers a choice of additional
adventures: A trip to either the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise; the second, a choice between the Guggenheim Museum and Top of the Rock.

The New York CityPASS costs $79 for adults (for admissions worth $144) and $59 for kids ages 6-17 ($108). A very big plus is that all CityPASS admission ticket allows holders to bypass most main entrance ticket lines. It is valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

The Toronto CityPASS provides discounts into that truly great city’s top attractions — for 46 percent off. Toronto CityPASS costs $59 for adults (a value of $109.12) and $39 for kids ( $72.83). Attractions include the CN Tower, Casa Loma castle, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto Zoo. A Toronto CityPASS admission ticket to the CN Tower also provides a choice of either The Height of Excellence film or the Himalazon motion-theater ride.

Seattle’s CityPASS saves adults $52.60 and kids (ages 4-12) $32.45 over regular admission prices. These are for admission to the Seattle Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, an Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, the Pacific Science Center, the Woodland Park Zoo, and either the Museum of Flight or the electric Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum. Seattle CityPASS costs $59 and $39 for kids. This also allows a Space Needle bonus of two trips to the top during a 24-hour period.

Similar CityPASS ticket booklets are available for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Southern
California and Toronto. There are other such services but this is a good one.

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