Thanksgiving in New York

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Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving in New York or visiting the Big Apple during the holiday weekend, you might want to put something on the schedule to give you a break from feasting and watching football. While the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is certainly the most recognizable event, there’s plenty more happening in the big city on the upcoming holiday weekend – even with the closure of many stores. In fact, several of New York attractions are celebrating Turkey Day in one fashion or another. Here are a few highlights: Statue of Liberty Ferry Many stores and attractions in New York City are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but you can still get close to the Statue of Liberty via ferry ride. While there, stroll the grounds, take pictures, visit the museum, or just marvel at the … [Read more...]

New York Vacation Tips

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Traveling to the Big Apple this summer? Whether you’re a first time visitor or a frequent flyer to NYC, it can be tough to sort through all the nitty gritty details. Here are a few of our favorite New York Vacation Tips to help you get through planning the perfect trip. From searching for hotel discounts to skipping the line at attractions and beyond, these tips are sure to come in handy. Don’t forget to pick up a New York Go Select Pass to save on all your attraction visits! Getting to NYC Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll need to book a flight to NYC. Unless you have some frequent flier miles stocked up, or an unshakeable loyalty to one particular airline, sites that compile most possible flight prices for your comparison are your best bet. Some of the most popular … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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. … [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 … [Read more...]