Six New York City Must-Sees in a Bundle

New York, New York truly is a wonderful town. Sprawling for miles and miles, this early colonial settlement has come a long way from its small beginnings as New Amsterdam. A blend of cultures, art, fashion, business, and convenience, New York City is a wonder to behold, but can also be damaging to your budget. One way of taking in the most popular attractions in the city is by purchasing a New York City Pass. The New York City Pass covers the admission cost of six different sights and can save you as much as $40 per individual (savings based on prices for individual tickets). 1. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or a Cruise with Circle LineGifted to the United States by France, the Lady Liberty stands in New York Harbor, holding her torch to light the way of passage from other lands. This towering symbol of American freedom is dear to the hearts of the country’s citizens and remains as a constant reminder of the battles for liberty fought by early citizens of the United States of America. Famous for being the entry point to the New World for thousands of immigrants who flocked to the U.S. fleeing oppression and/or seeking a better way of life, Ellis Island is now home to the Ellis Island Immigration museum. An optional replacement to admissions to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are the Circle Line Sight-Seeing Cruises. You can take a 2 hour ride through New York Harbor for a fantastic view of the statue, go for a speed boat ride, or opt for a night-time cruise. 2. The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThis world famous museum is home to paintings, sculptures and other artistic renderings from the United States and around the world. If you are planning to visit the Metropolitan Museum, you will want to dedicate an entire day to soak in the artistic wonders of the human race. 3. The Empire State BuildingThe 102 story, art deco designed Empire State Building held the record for the tallest structure in the world for over forty years. Stretching upwards from the New York skyline, the Empire State Building has been featured in movies for decades. Feeling fit? Climb the stairs to the top and look out across the city from within the glassed in roof. There are elevators available for those who feel less than enthusiastic about the 100 story climb. 4. The American Museum of Natural HistoryHere is where dinosaurs walk, mastodons rule and all manner of natural wonders from the past and present come to life. Experience the natural wonders of life before modern man. There are 25 connected buildings and 46 permanent exhibits housing over 32 million types of specimens in this internationally-celebrated museum. The AMNH is located across the street from New York City’s Central park. 5. Gugenheim Museum or Top of the RockNYC’s Gugenheim Museum is filled with modern and contemporary art from around the world. Special exhibitions are hosted here every season, so be sure to plan your trip for an exhibit that interests you. If the Gugenheim is not the place for you, your New York City Pass will cover admission to the Top of the Rock at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. From this observation deck, you can see the Empire State Building, all of Central Park, across Manhattan and everywhere in between. Those who visit claim that sunset or night are the best times to take in the spectacular view. 6. The Museum of Modern ArtArchitecture and design, performance art and media, paintings, sculptures, sketches and film are all part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. As if that weren’t enough, there are numerous traveling exhibitions shown here throughout the year. Visit MoMA for the latest evolutions in modern art.

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