Cheap New York Attractions Tickets

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The prospect of going on a summertime trip to New York City can seem like a daunting one. Finding somewhere to stay can be difficult, getting around is almost always an adventure (at least a small one) and almost everything in NYC costs a little bit more than it does in other places – or does it? There are plenty of  New York Explorer Pass attractions discount tickets available in the City That Never Sleeps - you just have to know where to look. If you want to get into a Carnegie Hall concert for the cost of two Subway sandwiches, grab a $10 partial-view ticket and see a show at the iconic venue’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Same-day tickets go on sale at the box office beginning at noon and there is a two-ticket limit per person. Students and seniors also qualify for $10 tickets providing they have valid photo ID. Box office sales are cash only. To combine some sight-seeing … [Read more...]

Best US Cities for Summer Vacations

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With June quickly approaching and the temperatures warming across the States, there’s no denying that soon summer will be upon us. If you have school-aged children, the exact start-date of summer as you know it probably coincides with the last day of school (a beautiful and terrifying day). You may suddenly be wondering just what to do with your family this summer. It’s the season for family vacations, but where to? Our favorite destinations for the summer of 2014 offer the perfect combination of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, high-quality entertainment, and even a bit of education. Sound expensive? Don’t worry; we also have US attraction discounts to keep your wallet as satisfied as you are. If you’re on the West Coast or have always wanted to go, San Diego and Los Angeles are the forerunners. Southern California’s relaxing beach town vibe is just the kind of … [Read more...]

US Summer Attraction Discounts

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If you’re a budget sightseer like I am, you’re probably looking for the best deals when it comes to travel—whether it’s local or long distance. Often times, travelers only pay attention to finding the best deals on accommodations and transportation, forgetting about the costs accrued through actually doing things and enjoying the adventure. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s easy to get the best attraction discounts when you know where to look. No matter where you are in the country, city attractions passes will conveniently save you money on admission prices. Keep reading to discover my favorite attractions in the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Florida. The Northeast As a New Englander, I know there’s no better time to enjoy the Northeast United States than in the summer. It’s for this reason that summer has always been my favorite season. The weather is … [Read more...]

New York Summer Discounts

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It seems like it was April Fools’ Day just a few weeks ago, but Memorial Day is going to be here and gone before you know it and then you know what comes next – summer! Once the calendar rolls over into June, the sidewalk heats up, the subways cool down and summertime in New York City begins in earnest. It’s a great time to visit the city because the streets fill up with people who are looking to enjoy themselves in the great outdoors – as much as that is possible in the city – and there is never a better time to sit outside at a restaurant, bar or café to grab a bite, a beer or a coffee. During your visit, make sure you indulge in a New York staple like a tasty piece of pizza, a freshly-baked bagel or a locally-brewed Brooklyn Lager. You’ll also want to hit up one of the many quintessential New York destinations that are available with the New York Explorer … [Read more...]

New York Summer Events 2014

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It might not quite feel like it yet, but summer is just around the corner. New York City has events going on all year long at all hours, but things get kicked up a notch in the summertime once things warm up. The summer of 2014 will be no different and there will be plenty of things happening in New York in the next few months in addition to all the regular New York Attractions that are always available. For the 10th straight year the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will be taking place in, well, Brooklyn of course! The event is an annual of showcase of some of the top current hip-hop artists as well as older acts who have been influential in the past. The festival will be taking place from July 9th-12th all over the city’s “coolest” borough in neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Williamsburg. There will be smaller events leading up to the festival’s main day … [Read more...]

Best Summer Vacation Attraction Discounts

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If you’ve yet to plan your summer getaway, or you’re lucky enough to be planning more than one, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money. It’s no secret that prices soar all around the country this time of year, but what you may not know is that it’s easier than it used to be to get great discounts in some of the top summer vacation destinations. Planning to spend your vacation under the sun in San Diego? Trekking to the top of the many famous monuments in NYC? Use attractions passes in these destinations or any of the seven others around the country to see the most popular attractions for one low price—with just one convenient pass. Sun & Sea in San Diego With a San Diego attractions pass in hand, you’ll be fully equipped to explore all of San Diego’s renowned attractions, from the rugged yet pristine Pacific coast to the neatly landscaped … [Read more...]

May the Fourth Be With You at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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Science fiction fans have already had a lot to rejoice about this week with the announcement that "Star Wars: Episode VII" will feature original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reprising their 1977 roles, but Star Wars fans who will be in New York over the weekend also have another reason to celebrate. Coming up on Sunday (5/4), the New YorkLightSaberAcademy’s seoncd-annual “May the Fourth Be With You” event will be taking place at Ripleys Believe it or Not! Times Square. On Sunday, “Jedi Masters” from the NYSLA will lead 20-minute training classes about light saber techniques from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will teach students all the moves that Luke, Yoda and Darth Vader made popular in the famous films. All class members, regardless of skill level, will receive a light saber and SaberAcademy certificate upon completion. The class is free with … [Read more...]

New York Subway Tips for Tourists

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If you plan on visiting New York City in the near future, or really any time in general, preparing yourself to navigate the subway makes a lot of sense. To be sure, you can get around in NYC via cabs, buses or just by walking, but there’s certainly no better way to make your way through the Big Apple than via the subterranean straphanger express. The first thing you will want to do, in addition to picking up a New York Explorer Pass, is get a subway map. They are free and generally available at every subway station that has a booth with an MTA employee on duty, so don’t be bashful and ask away. That doesn’t mean that you need to whip out the map and familiarize yourself with it while waiting for the train – in fact definitely don’t do that – but just look it over when you have five minutes to yourself at a hotel, coffee shop or park bench. Even just having a brief overview … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Tourism

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The Empire State Building, which has been seen in over 250 movies – including "King Kong," "An Affair to Remember," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Elf," "Shaft” and “On the Waterfront” – is one of the most iconic sites in a city that is full of them. A National Historic Landmark, the Empire State Building has observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors that offer views of New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania on clear days. The building towers more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan and has been welcoming millions of annual visitors since it opened in 1931. The building, which is more than 1,453-feet-tall (including the tip of the broadcast tower), weighs 365,000 tons and was built out of approximately 10 million bricks. The ESB is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. with the last elevators heading up into the sky at 1:15 a.m. If … [Read more...]

Top New York Tourist Attractions

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The ides of March are in the rearview mirror and, even though it may not seem like it depending on what the weather is like where you are, summer is just around the corner. That doesn’t mean to take spring for granted – get out there and smell the flowers – but thinking about taking a vacation when things really warm up outside certainly isn’t out of the question. There are many great cities to visit, and going to more than one probably isn’t a terrible idea, but there’s probably nowhere in the U.S. that offers the multitude of options that New York City has available for tourists. With the New York Attractions Pass from Smart Destinations, you’ll be able to select from 59 of them! The New York Attractions Pass lets you customize a trip to see 3, 5, 7, or 10 attractions in NYC. For one of those attraction picks, you might want to select Body Worlds Discovery Times … [Read more...]