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I bought our pass on-line about a fortnight before we left for New York with my 18 year old daughter. I got an e-mail in reply giving instructions on how to exchange the voucher for the pass when we got to New York. We exchanged ours at Ripleys but which you can do at several attractions in the city. We then had the choice of five out of the sixty odd attractions offered. We chose the Radio City Music Hall, Empire State building, Top of the Rock, The American Museum of Natural History and Ripley's Believe it or not. All were excellent and there were many others we would have liked to have done. New York is quite expensive and to have paid separately for entry would have cost far more than we paid for the pass. Well worth doing.
Easy to book, easy to pickup. The only pass that offers a range of guided walking tours which are included in the pass price! We took the Rockefeller, Radio Music Hall, Greenwich Village, Highline & Meatpacking, Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO, Inside Broadway & Soho-Chinatown-LiLItaly tours and were super amazed with the quality of the guides and the tours! In addition we visited 5 museums (including The MEt & MoMA), rented bicycle for central park and visited Top of the Rock, Empire State & Status of Liberty. It´s so worth it, and you never need to stay in line to buy tickets. Just get your city pass and plan your vacation right. Cons - not including a metro pass. Everything else was just awesome.
We found the pass to be worth it when we added up the costs of what we did and what it would have cost to do them by paying separately. The pdf information the pass provided on the 100 included attractions was most helpful and maybe we could have gotten that from other sources but it worked out well for us to plan our itinerary from the list of things the pass would pay for. Not all of our activities that we did in NY were covered, but that still was OK. You need to calculate how much you think you're going to do on your trip to determine if it's good for you. We did not feel like we were running all over to do things to make it worth it, but we were busy most days all day long.
We started using our Smart Destinations pass right on our first day in New York City and it has paid off very well. It is particularly useful for seeing the large attractions, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum or the Empire State Building, since you get to skip the lines and don't need to wait like everyone else. The Smart Destinations Card saved us around 100 US Dollars worth in admissions and at least (!) 6 hours waiting in visitor lines. Highly recommended!
This was a great option for being my first time visiting NY. It was a great price. It was odd that some of the choices were a free admission anyway or were not even open yet(WTC museum). We chose the Hop On/Hop Off bus for our transportation and the Explorer Pass for our admission and it was perfect for our short trip. Definitely want to go back!