New York City Tourism Discounts

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Did you know that New York City hosts nearly 47 million tourists each year? While the number seems striking, it starts to make sense when you take into account all of the City's many tourist magnets. People come from all over the country and the world to see plays on Broadway, re-create the experiences of their ancestors with a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, have a people-watching picnic in Central Park and speed up the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building. New York attractions are so diverse and plentiful that it's no wonder they call NYC The City that Never Sleeps—who would have the time? While New York City is certainly a busy and popular destination, your New York vacation doesn't have to be stressful or chaotic. A New York attraction pass can make all the difference, and Smart Destinations has anticipated your every need when it comes to a New … [Read more...]

NYC Weekend with a NY Explorer Pass

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Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took Monday off to spend three days exploring New York City. Of course, Evan and I each had a New York Explorer Pass (for 3 attractions) in hand, and we were psyched to use them. The week prior to our trip we’d made a rough draft list of places we’d like to visit, but we decided to keep our plans flexible, which is one of the greatest conveniences of the Explorer Pass—there’s no need to plan out every last detail in advance. Our list looked something like this: Top of the Rock Central Park bagels & pizza High Line park Museum of Modern Art Museum of Natural History Strand Book Store The Met Lower East Side Amazingly, we were able to do almost all of these things PLUS some extra activities we hadn’t planned for. As we were staying with my boyfriend’s parents on the Upper West Side, we had easy access to many New York … [Read more...]

Best Free Things to do in NYC

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Most people think that taking a trip to New York City will cost a lot of money and, to a certain extent, they are probably right. To be sure, the costs of lodging in NYC certainly aren’t cheap and some things (soda, cigarettes, food, drinks) are pricier in the city than they are in other locations. Still, that doesn’t mean that a trip to the City that Never Sleeps should keep you up all night worrying about how much it is going to cost; there are certainly ways to get buy on a budget. Here area a few ideas about some under-the-radar, free things you can do to supplement the attractions that are included with the New York Explorer Pass and Go Select New York Pass. Go To A Taping Outside of Los Angeles, there is probably no other city in America that is home to more network television talk and game shows than New York. It is free to sit in as a member of the audience at a … [Read more...]

New York City Historical Sites

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Teeming with history and alive with culture, New York is a rich city for the curious-minded. Whether you’re a history buff or decidedly not, New York attractons will excite, enrich, and expand your mind with their living history lessons. With summer vacation underway, now is the time to take your family to the Big Apple, where you’ll all get a taste of America’s most influential city. Because NYC is on the cutting edge in so many arenas (technology, art, education, finance, and fashion to name a few), it’s fascinating to see how this city developed throughout the last century. So sneak a little learning time into your family’s vacation this summer with some of these historic New York attractions: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry Ticket “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” These are the words with which “Lady … [Read more...]

Visit SPY the Exhibit at Discovery Times Square

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What’s the next best thing to hanging out with James Bond? The new "SPY the exhibit" at Discovery Times Square! With the New York Explorer pass, Smart Destinations customers get discounted admission to this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Plus, they also get to skip the line. In New York for a limited time only, this exhibit is a must-see for anyone with an interest in spy-craft and espionage, US military history, or technological development. The “secret world of espionage” revealed in this exhibit is an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at some of America’s best-kept secrets. This exhibit is filled with all kinds of authentic sky gadgets and gizmos, making it really popular with kids. It also includes real declassified documents and technology from actual US spies – the first time in history that suchinformation has been made public. Check out over 200 historical artifacts, … [Read more...]

Visit the Terracotta Warriors with Smart Destinations Before They Head out of Town!

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As August winds down, don’t forget to check out the world-famous Terracotta Warriors exhibit at Discovery Times Square. With Smart Destinations, visitors get discounted access and as an added bonus, the skip-the-line benefit! “We’re excited to be able to offer this limited-time exhibit for our customers,” said Cecilia Dahl, Founder and President of Smart Destinations. “It’s an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and treasures from early Chinese culture: a must-do for museum lovers and history buffs alike." Available through both New York City Explorer Pass and New York City Select Pass, visitors can not only view the exhibit at a discounted price, they can also skip the line. Passes are easy to use and make getting into the city’s best attractions a breeze. Visitors with a Smart Destinations pass at the Terracotta Warriors exhibit can head straight to the … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Joins the New York City Explorer Pass

The Empire State Building is now part of the New York City Explorer Pass. The newly-renovated visitor's area at the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the most visited attractions for visitors to New York City and represents an important addition to the popular NY attraction pass. The NYC Explorer Pass offers the ultimate in convenience, cost savings and flexibility for visitors to the city. Customers choose three, five or seven attractions at a low, pre-paid price. The pass serves as a ticket to any of the 40 participating NY attractions. Customers have the freedom to use the pass at anytime of the day or night and can take up to 30 days to use the admissions on the pass, making it ideal for out-of-towners and locals alike. The pass also provides discounts at popular restaurants and shops and the ability to skip the lines at many attractions. Each Explorer Pass also comes … [Read more...]