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How To Use New York CityPASS And C3 Pass (+ Review)

How To Use New York CityPASS And C3  Pass (+ Review)

How does hitting the most iconic attractions in New York City and saving up to 40% in the process sound to you? Welcome to the ultimate New York CityPASS and New York C3 PASS attractions review.

We’re going to show you exactly how to visit the top NYC attractions and save enough money to buy a months worth of famous 99c New York pizza slices in the process.

In this review of the New York CityPASS and C3 attractions pass we will explain how to purchase your tickets, reserve your time slots and plan your visits to all of the 12 awesome NYC attractions included with the passes.

Save this article so you can refer to it throughout your visit to New York when you have your CityPASS or C3 PASS securely saved to your smartphone.

Let’s find out all there is to know about the New York CityPASS and C3 PASS!

Important Update for 2022: As of March 1st, 2022, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) no longer participates in the New York CityPASS program. The Met unfortunately has left all third-party programs at this time.

That being said, the Met is our favorite museum in NYC. We highly recommend you visit if you can fit it into your itinerary. Check the Met website for additional information.

Just a reminder for NYS residents and NY, NJ, CT students, the amount you pay for admission to the Met is up to you with valid ID.

*Please note this post may contain affiliate links. If you click on one, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you!*

Disclosure: We received New York CityPASS tickets in order to share our opinion about this product but this is not a sponsored post.

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Why Buy A New York City Attractions Pass?

Visiting a bucket list city like London, Paris, Tokyo or New York for the first time with an enormous list of things you can’t miss can be overwhelming and expensive.

There’s an endless list of unique and amazing things to do in New York City. Many are free, some are cheap and then there are the top rated paid attractions we will discuss in this guide.

If you’re the type of traveler who loves to get stuck into the best bits of a new city, an attractions pass is the best way to organize your visit and save money.

Here’s a brief summary of why it pays to buy an attractions pass on your visit to New York City:

  • By bundling attractions, we can guarantee you will pay less than buying individual tickets.
  • You can keep all timed reservations to each attraction in one centralized place (in this case your online CityPASS reservations area).
  • Efficiently organize your vacation before you arrive into NYC, meaning no wasted time in the city.
  • All bookings accounted for, which means you won’t have to book each attraction as you go.

Top tip: Visit New York City in Winter to see the best of NYC with fewer crowds.

Types Of New York CityPASS

There are two types of attractions pass you can use in New York City. The first is a day based pass, and the second is an attraction based pass.

Each has it’s benefits and drawbacks, so let’s see which would work best for your visit:

Day Based Passes

You will typically have a huge amount of attractions included with the price you pay for a day based pass. Visit as many as you can fit into your itinerary.

For example, you buy a 2 day New York City pass and there are 100 attractions included.

Pros – Far more attractions included.

Cons – You will pay more for the higher amount of attractions and you will never be able to fit them into 2 days, plus you will feel obliged to rush around New York to get your money worth.

Attraction Based Passes

With an attractions based pass, you have very few attractions but they are generally the top bucket list tourist sites and you can visit them over a much longer period.

For example, you buy a 9 attraction pass and have up to 9 consecutive days to see them.

Pros – Far less overwhelming way to see the top rated attractions, perfect for first time visitors wanting to tick off the ‘biggies’ in New York City with enough time to enjoy each place.

Cons – Have to choose between select attractions, so you might miss out on or two things with this type of pass.

Why Choose New York CityPASS or C3 Attractions Pass Over The Competition?

New York CityPASS and C3 pass offers visitors a unique take on exploring the best attractions in NYC. You only pay for things you actually want to see, as opposed to paying for ‘potentially’ visiting all of the attractions included with a New York Pass.

Here are the benefits of choosing New York CityPASS:

  • CityPASS includes only 12 of the very best NYC attractions at a heavily discounted rate.
  • You can then choose between those 12 attractions, so you only visit what is important to you and save money at the same time.
  • You have 9 consecutive days to visit your preferred NYC attractions, so you can go at your own pace.

It’s already far less overwhelming, right?

All you have to do is book the perfect NYC hotel in the best neighborhood, buy your attractions pass and enjoy your visit!

 

How Much Is New York CityPASS And What Is Included?

The beauty of buying a CityPASS or C3 pass is having the ability to choose between the very best of New York’s attractions.

*CityPASS allows entry to 5 New York attractions, while the C3 ticket lets you select any 3 attractions from a list of 12 options.

  • A 5 attractions New York CityPASS costs US$ 129 per adult (18+) and US$ 109 per child (6-17).
  • A 3 attractions New York C3 pass costs US$ 87 per adult (13+) and US$ 67 per child (5-12).

Here are the 12 attractions you can select from with the New York CityPass and C3 Attractions Pass. Individual adult prices you would pay without either pass are included for reference:

  • Empire State Building:
    • C3 = US$ 42 – 49 (normal entry – sunset time slot: therefore US$ 45 average value)
    • CityPASS = US$ 64 (more value because you get two separate entrance tickets included on one day with CityPass)
  • American Museum of Natural History – US$ 28 (includes 1 special exhibit)
  • Top of the Rock – US$ 38
  • Guggenheim Museum – US$ 25
  • Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – US$ 23.50
  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises – US$ 19-44
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum – US$ 26
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – US$ 33
  • Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises (C3 Only) – US$ 35-37
  • The Museum of Modern Art or MoMA (C3 Only) – US$ 25
  • Edge at Hudson Yards (C3 Only) – US$ 41.37 (average non-sunset vs sunset cost)

Note: We each used our own CityPASS and C3 pass to gain access to 9 out of the 12 attractions listed below. Both Intrepid and the Hornblower Cruise options were unfortunately closed due to coronavirus for the entire 3 months we lived in NYC.

How Does New York CityPASS and C3 Pass Work?

Let’s take a look at how the New York CityPASS and C3 attractions pass work if you decide to buy one for your visit to NYC:

New York CityPASS Attractions

1. Empire State Building

2. American Museum of Natural History

3.Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum

4. Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Cruises

5. 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

As you can see, the Empire State Building, Natural History Museum and MET are included as standard with all purchases of New York CityPASS. You then have the option to choose between Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum and so on.

  • By selecting 5 attractions, you can save up to 40% total against individual tickets (if you choose the most expensive option from numbers 4, 5 and 6).
  • Even if you selected the 3 cheapest attractions from numbers 4, 5 and 6, you would still save 27%.
  • Based on our own preferred choices (Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty and 9/11), we would save 34% vs individual tickets. That’s a lot of pizza slices!

Note: MoMA, Hornblower Cruises and Edge are not included with CityPASS – they are only part of the C3 pass which we will cover now.

New York C3 PASS Attractions

With the C3 pass, you can simply select any 3 of the total 12 attractions.

By selecting 3, you can save up to a maximum of 32% by selecting the 3 most expensive attractions and you have fewer obligations on your visit to NYC. But you will only be able to do 3 instead of 6 attractions with a New York C3 pass.

Both passes give you control over exactly what you would prefer to do and not be bound to ‘every’ attraction in New York as is the case with other city pass options.

How To Make Reservations For NYC Attractions

how to use new york citypass and c3 pass to make attraction reservations

In New York City it’s not as simple as just buying a pass and turning up. Even if you bought individual tickets to each attraction you would still have to book advanced time slots.

That’s just the nature of the tourist magnet beast that is NYC.

Advanced timed reservations will either required, recommended or not required for each attraction in New York City. We will discuss this in each individual section so you exactly how to book your attractions!

Reservations are in place to handle large tourist volumes at the most popular sites such as Empire State and Statue of Liberty, particularly around sunset.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Look for each attraction listed separately.
  • Click details to read info or click on the blue Reserve Time button.
  • Enter your email address and CityPASS Order Number.
  • Select your preferred dates / times for that particular attraction to confirm your reservations.
  • Save your New York CityPASS to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay app.
  • Show your CityPASS and email confirmation of timed reservations at each attraction in New York.

New York CityPASS Attractions List

Let’s take a detailed look at each of the available 9 attractions included with New York CityPASS so you can start building up a shortlist of priorities.

We will explain the 3 additional NYC attractions included with New York C3 Pass later in the review.

Empire State Building

Empire state building observation deck view over hudson yards and the edge one of the best new york attractions on CityPass and C3 pass

What Is The Empire State Building?

Where better to start on this list of New York CityPASS attractions than with NYC’s centerpiece and most iconic skyscraper – the Empire State Building.

Completed in 1931, the Empire State spent almost 40 years as the world’s tallest building and today remains the beating heart of Midtown Manhattan.

Seeing New York from the world famous observation deck fully deserves to be on every NYC bucket list.

Why Visit The Empire State Building?

Classy exhibits, a fun elevator ride and sweeping 360 degree views across the concrete urban landscape of Manhattan await.

Expect to spend around 2 hours exploring exhibits and enjoying panoramic views.

Note: Advance reservations are required to visit the Empire State Building.

Direction To The Empire State Building:

Entry to the observation deck lobby is half way along W 34th street between 5th and 6th avenues.

Closest subways to Empire State Building:

  • Orange Line F, B, M, D –  34 St Herald Sq
  • Yellow Line N, R, Q – 34 St Herald Sq
  • Green Line 6 – 33 Street Station
  • Red Line 1, 2, 3 – 34 St Penn Station

How Much Does The Empire State Building Cost?

  • Without a New York CityPASS:
    • 86th floor and 2nd floor museum only – US$ 42 adult or US$ 49 adult sunset hours
    • 102nd and 86th floor access – US$ 75 adult or US$ 82 adult sunset hours
  • With a New York CityPASS:
    • 86th floor and 2nd floor museum – Free any time of day & bonus same-night admission
    • 102nd and 86th floor access – Additional US$ 30 adult
  • With a C3 PASS:
    • 86th floor – Free admission during non-sunset hours
    • 102nd and 86th floor access – Additional US$ 30 adult

Exclusive New York CityPASS Bonus:

With CityPASS you will receive a bonus same day visit to the Empire State Building 86th floor observation deck. Note exclusive offer this is not included with C3 pass.

How does that work?

Well, let’s say you want to see NYC during the day but also at night and can’t decide which to prioritize. With CityPASS you can go during the day, then get a second visit bundled in for free later that same night.

Tips For Visiting The Empire State Building:

  • Floor 102 is floor to ceiling glass, whereas floor 82 is outside with a diamond shaped mesh fence. Something for photographers to consider.
  • Sunset is by far the most popular time of day, if you want to ascend the Empire State for sunset, we recommend you book your time slot as far in advance as possible.
  • If sunset time slots are full, select one or two hours earlier and take your time working through the interesting exhibits.
  • If you are interested in the Empire State Building’s history and enjoy reading / interacting with exhibits, plan to spend at least 1 hour before reaching the observation deck. Photographers are not permitted to use any type of tripod (even small tripods designed for smartphones).

American Museum Of Natural History

Dinosaur T Rex at the Museum of Natural History NYC

What Is The American Museum Of Natural History?

New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is a complex consisting of 26 buildings, 45 exhibition halls, 34 million specimens, a planetarium and a library. So, quite a lot to get stuck into!

Have you seen the movie Night at the Museum? It’s based on this very museum.

Why Visit The American Museum Of Natural History?

If you’re visiting NYC with the kids, this is the perfect place to let them loose with so much to learn about and see.

Expect to spend around 3-5 hours in the museum if all exhibits are open.

Note: Advance reservations are required for visiting the American Museum of Natural History.

Directions To The American Museum Of Natural History:

New York’s Natural History museum is located on Central Park’s western flank in line with 79th street. You can take a relaxing walk through Central Park or …

Closest subways to the American Museum of Natural History:

  • Orange Line B – 81 Street
  • Blue Line C, A – 81 Street
  • Red Line 1, 2 – 79 Street

How Much Does The American Museum Of Natural History Cost?

  • Without a New York CityPASS – US$ 23 (+US$ 5 per special exhibit)
  • With a New York CityPASS – Free plus admission to all special exhibitions and films (space may be limited)
  • With a C3 PASS – Free plus admission to one special exhibitions or film (space may be limited)

Tips For Visiting The Museum Of Natural History:

  • One special exhibit is included with CityPASS. Without a CityPASS, special exhibits require an additional cost once you arrive at the museum.
  • These special exhibits change regularly.
  • Arriving at opening time to avoid the larger afternoon crowds.

Top Of The Rock Observation Deck

Awesome view over Manhattan at sunset from top of the rock observation deck as part of the new york CityPASS and c3 pass attractions list

What Is The Top Of The Rock?

Top of the Rock is the other classic and traditional observation deck in Midtown Manhattan. Floors 67 and 69 have glass barriers but floor 70 is completely open and unobstructed, offering some of the very best views over NYC.

Why Visit Top Of The Rock?

The building isn’t as iconic as the Empire State but it’s a very close call on which has the ‘better’ view. From Top of the Rock you can see Central Park, the sun sets right behind The Edge and of course you can see the Empire State Building light up at night.

Note: Advance reservations are recommended for Top Of The Rock Observation Deck.

Directions To Visit The Top Of The Rock:

Top of the Rock is located on top of Rockefeller Center and the entrance is located on W 50th street between 5th and 6th avenues.

Closest subways to Top of the Rock:

  • Orange Line F, B, M, D –  47-50 Sts Rockefeller Center
  • Blue Line E – 5 Avenue 53 St Station
  • Green Line 6 – 51 St

How Much Does The Top Of The Rock Cost?

  • Without a New York CityPASS – US$ 38
  • With a New York CityPASS / C3 PASS – Free

Tips For Visiting The Top Of The Rock:

  • Top of the Rock has amazing views over NYC but sunset is the most popular time to visit.
  • It will be busy but it is the only completely open sky deck in New York.
  • Photographers can get clean images with no glare from glass barriers.
  • Use stone walls as a replacement for tripods to take long exposures.

Read our detailed comparison Empire State Building vs Top of the Rock if you can’t decide which observation deck to choose for your visit to NYC.

Guggenheim Museum

Interior of the Guggenheim Museum in Central Park Manhattan spiral walkway with round light ceiling

What Is The Guggenheim?

The Guggenheim is art museum featuring a collection of impressionist, modern and contemporary art. But almost as famous as the artists work inside is the building itself, designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Why Visit The Guggenheim?

Enjoy works by famous artists like Picasso and Cezanne as you spiral up the winding atrium walkway. An enormous projector screen plays documentary style movies throughout the day, perfect for watching briefly in between exhibits.

Note: Advance reservations are recommended for the Guggenheim.

Directions For Visiting The Guggenheim:

The Solomon R Guggenheim museum is located 5 blocks Northeast of the MET between 88th and 89th streets along 5th avenue.

Closest subway to the Guggenheim:

  • Green Line 6, 5, 4 – 86th Street

How Much Does The Guggenheim Cost?:

  • Without a New York CityPASS – US$ 25 adult
  • With a New York CityPASS / C3 PASS – Free

Tips For Visiting The Guggenheim:

  • Check movie times and grab a bench when a spot is free as you climb the spiral walkway.

Ferry Access To Statue Of Liberty And Ellis Island

The New York CityPASS / C3 Pass includes a ferry ride on Statue Cruises to and from Liberty Island (where the Statue of Liberty is located) as well as Ellis Island.

Statue of Liberty ferry included with new york CityPASS and c3 attractions pass

What Is The Statue Of Liberty?

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic statues on Earth and has to be seen when visiting NYC. But did you know there is only one way you can reach Liberty Island from Manhattan?

A ferry leaving from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan transports you to the Statue of Liberty grounds and museum, before continuing for a second stop at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

Why Visit The Statue Of Liberty?

Seeing the Statue of Liberty up close is a rite of passage for first time visitors to New York City. She is an impressive sight from below, but you can also learn about her history, construction and unveiling at the museum.

Ellis Island immigration museum is not a compulsory part of the tour but it is one we highly recommend you take. Inside you will learn about how thousands of European immigrants landed in America via this tiny island in the Upper New York bay.

Note: Advance reservations are required for the Statue Cruise to the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Directions To The Statue Of Liberty:

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island can only be visited by taking a ferry from Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Manhattan or New Jersey.

Closest subways to Battery Park:

  • Green Line 4, 5 – Bowling Green
  • Red Line 1 – South Ferry
  • Yellow Line R, W – Rector Street
  • Brown Line J – Broad Street

How much Does The Statue Of Liberty Cost?:

  • Without a New York CityPASS – US$ 23.50 adult
  • With a New York CityPASS / C3 PASS – Free

Note: Access to the Statue of Liberty Pedestal and Crown can be purchased at an additional cost.

Tips For Visiting The Statue Of Liberty

  • Take the first ferry of the day to Liberty and Ellis Islands for a much quieter experience.
  • Your reservation time does not mean the time of your ferry, it means the time of your entrance to the security building behind Castle Clinton before entering the staging area for jumping on the next available ferry.

Don’t miss our detailed guide for How To Get The Ferry To Statue Of Liberty And Ellis Island In NYC

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan Island in NYC

What Is The Circle Line SightSeeing Cruise?

See New York City’s most iconic landmarks from a different perspective with Circle Line Cruises. Indoor and outdoor seating available across two decks, suitable for warm and cold weather.

You can choose between the following:

  • Landmarks Cruise – 1.5 hours, daytime, major landmarks (Departs 12pm).
  • Best of NYC Cruise – 2.5 hours, daytime, completely circles Manhattan Island (Departs 3pm).
  • Harbor Lights Cruise – 2 hours, sunset and twilight, bar and snacks (Departs 7pm).

Why Visit The Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise?

Awesome way to see all of Manhattan’s most famous buildings, bridges and landmarks with plenty of time to get photographs along the way.

All of the cruises are a relaxing way to explore New York and get a unique vantage point of the city. We took a best of NYC cruise.

Our favorite aspect wasn’t Manhattan’s famous skyline, but the fantastic narration detailing history and fun facts about NYC.

Note: Advance reservations are required for the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise.

Directions For The Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise:

All circle line cruises depart from Pier 83 in Midtown Manhattan, directly to the West of Times Square and just North of Hudson Yards.

Closest subways to Circle Line cruises Pier 83:

  • Blue Line A, C, E – 42 St Port Authority
  • Purple Line 7 – 34 St Hudson Yards

How Much Does The Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise?

  • Without a New York CityPASS (prices may fluctuate through off peak to peak season)
    • Landmarks US$ 19
    • Best of NYC US$ 28 – 44
    • Harbor Lights US$ 27 – 41
  • With a New York CityPASS / C3 PASS – All Free

Tips For The ‘Best Of NYC Cruise’ With Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise:

  • Sit on the left side of the boat. Manhattan is to the left side for the entire cruise and it passes the Statue of Liberty on both sides.
  • You might be tempted to head straight outside for an open air seat. Seriously consider weather conditions before you take your seats and remember it will be much colder once the boat is moving.
  • Arrive early to secure the best seats. Aim for no later than 30 minutes before departure otherwise seats on the left side will be full.
  • The most iconic NYC landmarks are all within the first hour of the cruise. Lines for food were huge during the first hour but quiet during the second hour. Wait until the second hour to get food so you don’t miss any of the best bits and there will be no line!

9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 memorial and museum in lower manhattan included attractions with new york CityPASS and c3 pass for visitors to nyc

What Is The 9/11 Memorial & Museum?

The New York City 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a very sobering reminder of the tragic events of September 2001.

You will find two square shaped holes in the ground marking the exact positions of the twin towers, plus a fantastic museum explaining the event in great detail.

Why Visit The 9/11 Memorial & Museum?

This might seem like an upsetting place to visit and it is – but the museum is incredible. Memorabilia, detailed timelines, endless amounts of information and a touching tribute to those who sadly lost their lives.

Plan to spend at least 2 hours inside, but we can guarantee you will need longer. Be warned this can be a harrowing experience and expect to leave feeling emotionally drained.

Note: Advance reservations are required for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Directions To The 9/11 Memorial & Museum:

9/11 Memorial and Museum are located in Lower Manhattan, Northwest of the Financial District. This is a very walkable area with plenty of other attractions to see.

Closest subways to 9/11:

  • Red Line 1 – WTC Cortlandt
  • Yellow Line R, W, N – Cortlandt Street
  • Green Line 4, 5 – Fulton Street

How Much Does The 9/11 Memorial & Museum Cost?

  • Without a New York CityPASS – US$ 26 adult
  • With a New York CityPASS – Free

Tips For Visiting The 9/11 Memorial & Museum:

  • There is a lot to see and read in the museum so allow plenty of time.
  • The second half of the tour (timeline of events) is fascinating so be sure to leave enough emotional energy to appreciate the latter parts.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid sea air and space museum pier 86 manhattan nyc

What Is The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum?

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is a National Historic Landmark docked on the banks of the Hudson River.

It contains exhibits from space shuttles to submarines and from fighter jets to the concorde. The Intrepid also featured in the movie National Treasure in which Ben Gates jumps from the Aircraft Carrier deck.

Why Visit The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum?

With so much to learn about all things space, sea and air, you could easily spend a half day just walking around the aircraft carrier.

Seeing serious action in WWII and the Cold War, collaborating with NASA to serve as recovery for astronauts and various tours in the Vietnam War, Intrepid has certainly had a colorful history.

Note: Advance reservations are required for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Directions To The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum:

Intrepid is located at Pier 86, very close to Circle Line Cruises and to the Northwest of Times Square in Midtown.

Closest subways to Intrepid Museum at Pier 83:

  • Blue Line A, C, E – 42 St Port Authority
  • Purple Line 7 – 34 St Hudson Yards

How Much Does it Cost To Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum?

  • Without a New York CityPASS – US$ 33 adult
  • With a New York CityPASS / C3 PASS – Free

Tips For Visiting The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum?

  • Allow at least 2 hours for your visit to Intrepid museum.
  • Don’t miss the British Airways concorde and Enterprise space shuttle orbiter.

Additional Attractions Included With C3 Pass

The attractions listed above are all included with New York CityPASS, but there are 3 other attractions in NYC that you can visit at a discounted price point if you choose to buy a C3 pass instead.

These attractions can only be included with a New York C3 pass:

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

MoMA museum of modern art painting in manhattan

What Is The Modern Museum Of Art?

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA) is home to one of the largest collections of modern art in the world.

Works include media, paintings, architecture, photography and sculpture.

Why Visit The Modern Museum Of Art?

If you like modern art, this is the place to lose yourself for a half day hit of Dali, Cezanne, Kahlo, Matisse, Monet, Warhol, Pollock and Picasso but to name just a few.

Note: Advance reservations are required for the Museum of MOdern Art (MoMA).

Directions To The Modern Museum Of Art?

Entrance to the MoMA is located on W 53rd street between 5th and 6th avenues, half way between Rockefeller Center and Central Park.

Closest subways to MoMA:

  • Blue Line E – 5 Avenue 53 St
  • Orange Line M – 5 Avenue 53 St

How Much Does It Cost To Visit The Modern Museum Of Art?

  • Without a New York C3 Pass – US$ 25 adult
  • With a New York C3 Pass – Free

Tips For Visiting The Modern Museum Of Art:

  • 5 floors of modern art makes for a lot of exploring, plan enough time.
  • Van Gogh’s Starry Night is on floor 5.

City Cruises (Formerly Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises)

Hornblower cruise docked in pier 15 lower manhattan

What Is The Hornblower Sightseeing Cruise?

Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises are another way to see NYC from the water and again you have multiple options with this one:

  • One hour ‘See NYC’ Sightseeing Cruise – Similar to Circle Line with famous NYC landmarks
  • Two hour ‘Alive After Five’ Happy Hour Cruise – DJ, cocktails and dancing in the evening
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise – Narrated tour of NYC traveling between Midtown and Lower Manhattan

Why Take A Hornblower Sightseeing Cruise?

Similarly to Circle Line, soak up the world famous Manhattan skyline from out in the bay. Happy Hour cruise is for those looking to celebrate being in New York City with a cocktail or five.

Hop-on, Hop-off works well for visitors who are staying West of Midtown and want easy access to Lower Manhattan without having to take a subway.

Note: Advance reservations are not required for CityPASS guests.

Directions To The Hornblower Sightseeing Cruise:

Both the See NYC and Alive After Five Cruises depart from Pier 15 in Lower Manhattan (not far from Brooklyn Bridge).

The Hop-on, Hop-off cruise transports passengers only between Pier 78 in Midtown and Brookfield Place Terminal in Lower Manhattan.

How Much Does The Hornblower Sightseeing Cruise Cost?

  • Without a New York C3 Pass
    • Hop-on, Hop-off – US$ 35 adult
    • Alive After Five – US$ 37 adult
    • See NYC – No price currently listed
  • With a New York C3 Pass – All Free

Tips For Taking The Hornblower Sightseeing Cruise?

  • Hop-on Hop-off cruise is narrated and will be similar to Circle Line landmarks cruise.
  • Alive After Five cruise has more value when used as part of a C3 pass bundle.

Edge At Hudson Yards

Awesome view from the edge in hudson yards manhattan

What Is Edge At Hudson Yards?

The Edge at Hudson Yards is New York City’s latest cloud dwelling observation deck and highest outdoor sky deck in the Western hemisphere.

A very modern, crisp and classy exhibit area leads to our favorite elevator ride in NYC, before opening up to a partially glass bottomed outdoor deck on the banks of the Hudson River.

Why Visit Edge At Hudson Yards?

Views over New York are spectacular, with Central Park and Top of the Rock left, Empire State dead ahead and Lower Manhattan and New Jersey off to the right side.

The modern building is very easy on the eye and NYC views are unique from Hudson Yards.

Note: Advance reservations are not required for CityPASS guests.

Directions For Edge At Hudson Yards:

The Edge entrance is on the 4th floor of Hudson Yards pristine shopping mall. Hudson Yards is Northwest of Midtown as you look at a map of New York City.

Closest subways for The Edge:

  • Purple Line 7 – 34 St Hudson Yards
  • Blue Line E, C, A – 34 St Penn Station

How Much Does Edge At Hudson Yards Cost?

  • Without a New York C3 Pass – US$ 36 adult
  • With a New York C3 Pass – Free

Tips For Visiting Edge At Hudson Yards

  • Don’t miss the impressive and unique structure ‘Vessel’ right outside Hudson Yards shopping center during your visit.
  • There are a set of steps on the observation deck outdoors, but to access this area you must buy food and / or drinks from the champagne bar.
  • Don’t worry, you can just grab a hot chocolate and bag of pretzels to qualify!

Don’t miss our detailed guide to sunset at Edge NYC.

Map of New York City Attractions Included With CityPASS And C3 Pass

Use the map below to see Manhattan and locations of the 12 attractions you can choose between with a New York CityPASS or C3 pass.

NYC’s major attractions are spread out across Manhattan, but this map gives you an idea of how you could double up or even triple up attractions in a day.

Map showing all attractions on nyc new york CityPASS and c3 pass

Who Should Buy A New York CityPASS?

We personally recommend you go for the CityPASS if you have a comfortable amount of time to spend in the city. Remember, more awesome attractions bundled = more money saved.

The New YorkCityPASS Pass with its supercharged 6 NYC attractions is for the following travelers:

  • Travelers who love to hit all of the best attractions a city has to offer.
  • Budget savvy travelers who enjoy saving the most money possible.

Who Should Buy A New York C3 PASS?

We think the New York C3 pass is an excellent alternative option to the full CityPASS. It won’t save you as much but it is perfect for those with less time available in the city.

The lighter New York C3 Pass featuring a pick of any 3 NYC attractions is for the following travelers:

  • Those who only have 1 or 2 days to spend in NYC.
  • Travelers who prefer to spend longer at each attraction.
  • Visitors who prefer not to be tied into a 6 attraction pass.

Is It Worth Buying The New York CityPASS?

The best part about the New York CityPASS is that you have 9 consecutive days to visit all of the attractions. While most people do not visit for this many days, you have plenty of time to space out your attractions as needed.

The ability to reserve the required tickets directly on the CityPASS website will make planning your itinerary so much easier.

So in summary, heck yes it is worth buying the New York CityPASS.

How You Can Buy Your New York CityPASS or C3 Attractions PASS

Buying your New York CityPASS or C3 pass couldn’t be any easier. Just follow these simple steps:

  • This will land you on the CityPASS 6 attraction page, where you can enter number of adult or child tickets and purchase.
  • Enjoy the best of New York City’s amazing attractions!

What Is No Longer Included In The New York CityPASS or C3 PASS?

Unfortunately the Metropolitan Museum of Art is no longer included in the New York CityPASS or the C3 PASS.

We are listing it at the bottom of this list because we highly recommend you do not miss this museum during your visit to NYC!

Woman standing looking at a painting of George Washington in the MET Central Park Manhattan NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art on CityPASS and C3 pass

What Is The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (Met)?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or MET) is awesome in every sense of the word. Over 2 million pieces in 17 departments are seen by over 6 million people each year.

You will find paintings, sculptures and other forms of art from classical, European, ancient Egypt, American, Byzantine, African, Asian and so many more geographically designated collections.

Why Visit The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (Met)

The MET is one of the world’s best art museums and even if you’re not an avid art fan, you will be blown away by the sheer scale of this place.

If you are an art lover, you will easily spend a half day in here and it will feel like 10 minutes have passed.

Directions To The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (Met):

The MET is located almost directly opposite the History Museum on the Eastern side of Central Park in line with 82nd street.

Closest subway to the MET:

  • Green Line 4, 5, 6 – 86th Street

Cost To Visit The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (Met):

  • Without a New York CityPASS – US$ 25
  • With a New York CityPASS – Free

Tips For Visiting The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (Met):

  • The MET is enormous, either bring a packed lunch or visit the cafe on the lowest level to refuel.
  • There are two floors filled with endless amounts of exhibits so plan for half a day.
  • If you only pick one museum, pick the MET.
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We hope this in depth review helps you decide if the New York CityPASS or C3 Attractions Pass is perfect for your visit to NYC!

Have you been to NYC? Did you use a New York CityPASS for attractions and did you think it was worth it? 

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help planning your visit.

Happy NYC Attraction Hunting,

Mark and Kristen

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Mark Williams

Thursday 31st of March 2022

Hi! I'm planning our visit to NYC in May and just discovered today that the MET is no longer part of the CityPASS. Also I went to the MET website and discovered you no longer have to make a reservation. On the CityPASS website they show a photo of the MET but it's no longer in their list. Thought you might like to know. Thank you, Mark

Mark Williams

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

@Mark and Kristen Morgan, You're welcome. Thank you for all your hard work.

Mark and Kristen Morgan

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

Hi Mark, thank you very much for letting us know about The MET. Unfortunately, they have opted out of all New York pass programs for the foreseeable future. Hopefully they can re-join at some point down the road, because it is one of the very best museums in NYC and it does help when tourists can save money on multiple attractions with a pass like CityPass. We've updated this guide to reflect this new position taken by the MET, but thanks again for getting in touch and have a great time in New York.

Mariana

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

This is great, the map is so helpful too! I love how you break down the logistics on how to explore NYC. So many great tips in here that I did not know about and must do. Love hearing it from a travelers perspective like you guys. Keep up the great work!

Mark and Kristen Morgan

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Thank you Mariana, we're glad you found the map helpful! Using a New York CityPASS is the perfect way for visitors and even NY residents to hit the city's top touristy highlights at a relaxing pace and save money in the process. Hope you are able to tick all of the best NYC attractions off this year!