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New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

1. New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Located just across from Central Park, the museum is home to over 32 million specimens. Benefit from all-day entry and use the option to upgrade your general entry ticket to include special exhibitions. Explore all permanent exhibitions as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Wander around 45 Museum Halls to learn about dinosaurs and diamonds, and everything in-between. Look out for the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the film "Night at the Museum." Connect to the museum's WiFi and download the free Explorer App to your smartphone. The app offers turn-by-turn navigation, behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, quizzes, and more. See the exhibition highlights at your own pace with the museum's self-guided tours of popular collections. Special Exhibitions: • Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker Dive into the world of a rare Australian sea lion pup and meet the people who are trying to save her species in this immersive giant-screen film. Discover a classic coming-of-age tale that takes place in a colony of sea lions living between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, in an environment as harsh as it is beautiful. • Sharks: Older than dinosaurs—and more threatened than threatening—sharks are spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood. Dive into the world of this amazingly diverse group of animals in the new exhibition, Sharks. • Worlds Beyond Earth: Worlds Beyond Earth tells the story of the surprisingly dynamic nature of the worlds that share our solar system and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible. Captioning devices are available.

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New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 6 Top Attractions

2. New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 6 Top Attractions

See world-class art, fascinating science, important history, and incredible views—from the sky AND the sea and save up to 40% with the New York CityPASS! New York CityPASS includes admission to: 1. The Empire State Building: With iconic views and a new museum, the Empire State Building provides breathtaking 360-degree, open-air views from the 86th-floor observatory. 2. American Museum of Natural History: Explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world’s most famous natural history museums. 3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York’s most visited museum and attraction.  The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.  At the Met’s uptown branch, The Met Cloisters, explore the art, architecture, and gardens and medieval Europe.  4. Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum Top of the Rock: Experience incredible 360-degree panoramic views of New York City and beyond from interior and exterior decks on the top three floors of this legendary art deco skyscraper, 30 Rock.   Guggenheim Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century masterpiece of modern architecture, located alongside scenic Central Park.  See collection highlights, including works by Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and more. 5. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Experience the beauty and history of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum with Statue Cruises.   Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises: Take in the world’s premier skyline with up-close and magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade and 101 NYC sights.   6. 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Pay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  Examine the history and impact of the events and learn the stories of loss and recovery within the Museum.   Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Get an up-close look at the space shuttle Enterprise and 28 aircraft, including the world’s fastest jet.

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New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

3. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

Use The New York Pass on your phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 100 New York tourist attractions. It’s a bit like an “all you can eat” buffet; once you’ve bought your New York Pass, you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass, and the more sights you see, the more money you save. The New York Pass records when and where you first use it, as well as how long it will remain valid. This means your pass is activated the moment that you first use it at any attraction or service. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of days that you've purchased.  The full list of attractions: POPULAR EXPERIENCES• Empire State Building• Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour• Top of the Rock Observation Deck• 9/11 Memorial & Museum• Edge (Hudson Yards)• One World Observatory• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Circle Line: Best of New York Cruise• Madame Tussauds New York• Central Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Guggenheim Museum MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Metropolitan Museum of Art• MoMA - Museum of Modern Art• Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum• Museum of Sex• Museum of Ice Cream• Whitney Museum of American Art• Fotografiska New York• 9/11 Tribute Center & Audio Tour• Museum of the City of New York• New York Historical Society• Museum of Arts and Design• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Skyscraper Museum• New York Transit Museum• Fraunces Tavern Museum• New York Hall of Science• Brooklyn Museum of Art• Museum at Eldridge Street• The Met: Cloisters• International Center of Photography• MOMA PS 1• Museum of American Finance• Staten Island Museum• Paley Center for Media• Museum of Chinese in America• Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum FAMILY-FRIENDLY• Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• The RIDE• Marvel & DC Superheroes Walking Tour by Top Dog Tours NYC• Yankee Stadium Tour• LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Westchester• Staten Island Zoo• South Street Seaport Museum• Staten Island Children’s Museum• Escape Virtuality• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Bike Rental (Pier 84) by Blazing Saddles• Harlem Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Hudson River Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Governor's Island Surrey Rental by Blazing Saddles• HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Casino Resort• NYC Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours (seasonal) HIDDEN GEMS• New York Botanical Garden• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Jazz Series – Tuesday and Friday• New Museum• El Museo del Barrio• Manhattan by Sail: Shearwater Classic Schooner• Cathedral of St. John the Divine• Snug Harbor Botanical Garden- Staten Island• Brooklyn Botanical Garden• Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour• New York Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• Masters of The Camera: NYC Rooftop Photoshoot TOURS & CRUISES• Madison Square Garden All Access Tour• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Carnegie Hall Tours• Circle Line: Harbor Lights Cruise• Circle Line: Landmark Cruise• The DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE• The TOUR• SoHo - Little Italy - Chinatown Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Manhattan by Sail: Clipper City Tall Ships Cruise• Inside Broadway Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• High Line Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour (Pier 17) by Blazing Saddles• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Secrets of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Graffiti Street Art Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Central Park Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Central Park Walking Tour by On Location Tours• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour by On Location Tours• Pride Walking Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Wednesday Service) by Harlem One Stop• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service) by Inside Out Tours• Harlem Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Cultural Walking Tours of Harlem by Harlem One Stop• Greenwich Village Walking Tour by NY Tours 1 FOOD & DRINK• Food on Foot Tour• Queens - Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion• Spirits on Foot - Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Taste of NY: Chinatown Pork Bun (by Museum of Chinese in America)• Taste of NY: Bagel & Cream Cheese from Davidovich Bakery• Taste of NY: Beer at Brooklyn Brewery Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guidebook or The New York Pass website for an up to date list of included experiences.

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Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

4. Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

Explore Central Park during this iconic horse and carriage ride around. Discover why it has been the most popular way to see Central Park for so long. Enjoy a choice between a short and long ride that can be taken during the day or in the evening. The carriages are a symbol of pre-modern life, before the advent of motor vehicles. During this time, New Yorkers traveled by horse-drawn carriage, and as a result the horses became as much of a symbol of the city as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Statue of Liberty. Being your ride meeting your driver who will introduce you to the horse. Majestical beings, you can approach the horse and pat time hello. Once you are ready, with a little signal, the horse will trot off to explore the many sights. Clip-clop serenely through the park, listening to the rattle of the wheels, the whinnying of the horse and the tinkling of the harness. Enjoy commentary from your driver who will show you through many attractions scattered around the park. A typical trip takes in the pond, the famous statues, Wollman Rink, the Carousel, Sheep Meadow, the Central Park Zoo, and the San Remo Building, to mention a few. The driver will also point out some of the locations for the many movies that have been filmed in the park. Return back to your meeting point where you can take off back into the park to explore further at your own leisure.

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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

5. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • The MET Museum• 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• The Met Cloisters• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Ice Cream• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York EXPERIENCES• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• Edge• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality TOURS• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (choice of 1 tour)• Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour FOOD AND DRINK• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion CRUISES• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

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Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

6. Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Pass by many historical landmarks of Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect activity for a romantic date, or a fun outing with friends or family. Cimb into a lavishly-decorated carriage with plush seating for a ride through Central Park. With the clip-clop of the horses' hooves in the background, you will visit the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture, as well as many other famous sights in the park. With a knowledgeable driver to tell you stories about the park's past, you will cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk. View the horses on the carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain you can pause to snap memorable photos, before you head towards Cherry Hill. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn bowling court, and admire the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini. You can then enjoy views of the legendary restaurant, the Tavern on the Green.

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New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

7. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets The classic 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket starts in Midtown Manhattan and includes two loops, Downtown and Uptown. The Downtown loop is the best way to explore Lower Manhattan. See popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Hop off and enjoy a walk through Chinatown and Little Italy. Wander around Wall St. to see the infamous Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown then shop till you drop at all the high-end or boutique stores SoHo is famous for. The Uptown Loop starts from Times Square North and takes you on a journey through the Upper East Side, along Central Park, and down Museum Mile. Discover the famous landmarks of Uptown Manhattan such as MoMA, The Met, Central Park, and Colombus Circle.

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New York: Classic 1-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

8. New York: Classic 1-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

Start the tour with an optional pickup from your hotel in New York if it's not more than 5 blocks away from Central Park. Alternatively, head to the meeting point at the edge of the park. Meet your driver and board your pedicab, then set off together on a 1-hour tour to discover Central Park's main sights and attractions.  Journey through the park and make a 10-15-minute stop at the stunning Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Get out here for the chance to stroll around and take pictures. Then, set off again towards the Cherry Hill Fountain and Bow Bridge, an iconic spot where countless wedding proposals have taken place over the years. Make another quick stop here to cross the bridge over the lake and take more incredible photos.  Next up, head over to Strawberry Field for a 5-10 minute stop where you'll discover the John Lennon Memorial. Make your final stop at the Dakota Building for the chance to visit what's best known as the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. At the end of the tour, be taken back to the initial pick-up location where your memorable ride concludes.

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New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

9. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 40 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square North - Corner of 57th St & 7th Ave Stop 2 - Times Square South - 7th Ave Stop 3 - Macys Stop 4 - Empire State Building 1 - 34th St between 5th & 6th Ave Stop 5 - Empire State Building 2 - 32nd St & 5th Ave Stop 6 - Flatiron District - 22nd St & 5th Ave Stop 7 - Union Square Stop 8 - Greenwich Village Stop 9 - SoHo - Corner of Spring St. & Broadway Stop 10 - Chinatown/Little Italy Stop 11 - City Hall / World Trade / Brooklyn Bridge / 9/11 Tribute Museum - Broadway between Rector St. & Exchange Place Stop 12 - Battery Park / Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty Ferry - State St & Bridge St Stop 13 - South Street Seaport Stop 14 - Lower East Side Stop 15 - East Village Stop 16 - United Nations Stop 17 - Waldorf Astoria Hotel Stop 18 - Rockefeller Center / Radio City Stop 19 - Winter Garden Theatre Stop 20 - Central Park Stop 21 - Park Central Hotel Uptown Loop Stop 19: Winter Garden Theater Stop 20: Hell's Kitchen - 42nd St & 8th Ave Stop 21: Restaurant Row Stop 22: Theatre District South - 50th St & 8th Ave Stop 23: Theatre District North - 55th St & 8th Ave Stop 24: Columbus Circle Stop 25: Lincoln Center Stop 26: The Dakota / Strawberry Fields Stop 27: American Museum of Natural History Stop 28: Quality Inn/Hotel Newton  Stop 29: Upper West Side - 104th St & Central Park W Stop 30: Cathedral of St John the Divine Stop 31: Grant's Tomb Stop 32: Apollo Theater Stop 33: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Stop 34: Museum of the City of New York Stop 35: Smithsonian Museum of Design/Jewish Museum  Stop 36: Guggenheim Museum  Stop 37: Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 38: Frick Collection Stop 39: Central Park Zoo  Stop 40: Central Park - South between 5th & 6th Ave. Stop 41: Park Central Hotel

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Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

10. Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique pedicab tour. Your tour guide will show you the sights of Central Park and tell you about its history as you travel at a leisurely pace. You'll make stops at key places of interest in the park, such as Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, and Sheep Meadow. No matter what the season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass.

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James was a fun and knowledgeable guide. My family and I had been to the museum on numerous other occasions but his tour provided such great insight into the history of the museum that it was like we had never really seen it before! Ask for James if you book this tour. You’ll be happy you did.

Everything worked as the details in the document we got. I highly recommend it so we can save a good amount of money!

I was able to do so many things in three and a half days thanks to this pass. This is a great deal!

The tour was excellent, easy to get the tickets and the sights seem where beautiful

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