Five Days In NYC – How To Make The Most Of The New York Pass

It feels like a lifetime, but it was just a little over six years that I visited New York City as part of my North American adventure.

A photograph I took on Liberty Island. (January 2011)

Travelling alone and on a budget meant I was always looking for ways to make the most of my time and money in each city. My purchase of a New York Pass meant skipping lines at certain attractions. not having to book/buy tickets for each and every attraction, and saving a heap of cash.

My parents (along with some family and friends) are headed to NYC this coming October and I was set the task of planning out their itinerary. After hours of perfecting it and planning almost every moment of each day, I thought I would share it online for anyone who might be interested.

My aim is to show you how to make the most out of five days in New York City, and getting the most value for money from the New York Pass. A five day New York Pass averages out to $48 per day. The cost of the pass is covered after visiting just two attractions per day, so you’ll be shocked at just how much money you will save.

Also, just a note, this itinerary is based on staying in a hotel on W 45th Street. You may need to make some slight adjustments depending on where you book your accommodation.

 

 

DAY ONE (Saturday)

7.40am – Walk to the Rockefeller Center to visit Top of the Rock

8am – Take photos from Top of the Rock

8.45am – Walk to the Big Bus Center to collect 48hr Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour printed ticket

9.10am – Walk to Grand Central Station
Purchase a Metrocard and put $15 on it

9.30am – Take photos of Grand Central Station

9.45am – Take the 4 or 5 train from Grand Central Station

10.05am – Depart the train at Bowling Green Station and walk to the Sphere in Battery Park

10.15am – Visit the Skyscraper Museum

10.50am – Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

11.40am – Visit the 9/11 Tribute Center

12.45pm – Walk to Bowling Green and Broadway (National Museum of the American Indian). Wait for the tour guide.

1.00pm – Take the Slavery and Underground Railroad Walking Tour
This tour needs to be booked online in advance. Find all the details here.

3.50pm – Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

4.30pm – Take photos of the New York skyline from Brooklyn

5.45pm – Walk back across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

6.30pm – Walk to Fulton Street subway station
Take the 2 or 3 train and depart at Times Sq – 42nd Street station
Walk back to the hotel

 

Daily price of the New York Pass: $48
Cost of the attractions visited: $113
Savings = $65

 

 

DAY TWO (Sunday)

7.00am – Walk to the 47-50 Streets – Rockefeller Center subway station
Catch the F train (Jamaica – 179 St)
Take it two stops

7.17am – Depart the train at Lexington Av – 63 St station
Get breakfast at Starbucks
You should see this as you depart the subway station

7.20am – Eat breakfast while walking to the Roosevelt Island Tramway

7.52am – Take the tram to Roosevelt Island

7.55am – Walk to the Smallpox Memorial Hospital to take photographs

8.20am – Walk towards the Roosevelt Island train station

8.40am – Take the F Train (Stillwell Av – Coney Island)
Take it two stops
Disembark at 57 Street station

8.50am – Walk to Columbus Circle

9.00am – Take some photographs at Columbus Circle
Enter Central Park, find the carousel and take photographs
Walk back to Columbus Circle

10.00am – Catch the Hop On/Hop Bus at Columbus Circle (Columbus Circle & Central Park – Stop 3)

10.20am – Disembark the Hop On/Hop Bus at Central Park West & W 80th St (American Museum of Natural History – Stop 6)
Walk down to the When Harry Met Sally movie scene Central Park West & W 77th Street and take photographs

10.35am – Walk to Belvedere Castle and take photographs

10.55am – Walk to Bow Bridge and take photographs

11.15am – Visit the American Museum of Natural History

12.15pm – Catch the Hop On/Hop Bus at Central Park West & W 80th St (American Museum of Natural History – Stop 6)

12.40pm – Disembark the Hop On/Hop Bus at 5th Avenue & E 104th St (Museum of the City of New York – Stop 10)
Visit the Museum of the City of New York

1.45pm – Catch the Hop On/Hop Bus at 5th Avenue & E 104th St (Museum of the City of New York – Stop 11)

2.00pm – Disembark the Hop On/Hop Bus at 5th Avenue & E 90th St (Guggenheim Museum – Stop 11)
Visit the Guggenheim Museum

2.50pm – Continue walking south and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

3.30pm – Walk back into Central Park
Walk to Cleopatra’s Needle and take photographs
Walk to Loeb’s Boathouse and take photographs
Walk to the Alice in Wonderland statue and take photographs
Walk to the Hans Christian Andersen statue and take photographs
Walk to the Frick Museum

4.30pm – Catch the Hop On/Hop Bus at 5th Avenue & E 72nd St (The Frick Museum – Stop 13)

4.50pm – Disembark the Hop On/Hop Bus at Stop 1 (M&M World) and walk back to the hotel

 

Daily price of the New York Pass: $48
Cost of the attractions visited: $118
Savings = $70

 

 

DAY THREE (Monday)

 

7.15am – Walk to Times Sq – 42nd Street station

7.30am – Take the N, R or W Train (Whitehall Street-South Ferry).
Disembark at Whitehall St Station
OR
Take the 1 Train (South Ferry Loop)
Disembark at South Ferry

8.15am – Collect tickets for the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

8.45am – Line up as soon as possible and go through the security process
NOTE — No large backpacks. Only allowed a fanny pack, small purse or camera bag. Make sure water bottles have never been opened. Turn mobile phone off.

9.00am – Take the first ferry to Liberty Island
Visit the Statue of Liberty

10.00am – Take the ferry to Ellis Island
Visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum

11.00am – Take the ferry back to Battery Park

11.30am – Catch the Hop On/Hop Off bus from State St between Battery Place and Bridge Street (Stop 12)

12.00pm – Disembark the Hop On/Hop Off bus at 10th Avenue between 19th and 20th streets (Stop 13)

12.45pm – Enter the High Line and take it north, until the end

1.15pm – Walk to Madison Square Garden and take the All Access Tour

2.15pm – Catch the Hop On/Hop Off bus from 8th Avenue, between W 34th and W 35th Street (Stop 14)

3.00pm – Disembark the Hop On/Hop Off bus at 5th Ave & 23rd St (Stop 5)
Take photogaphs of the Flatiron Building

3.15pm – Walk to Union Square Park

3.40pm – Walk to Washington Square Park

4.00pm – Visit the New Museum

4.40pm – Walk to Broadway & Spring Street for shopping and site-seeing – Little Italy

5.45pm – Walk to Chinatown (Lafayette & Walker Street) and catch the Hop On/Hop Off bus

6.20pm – Disembark the Hop On/Hop Off bus at Stop 14 (Madison Square Garden) and walk back to the hotel

 

Daily price of the New York Pass: $48
Cost of the attractions visited: $78
Savings = $30

 

DAY FOUR (Tuesday)

8.40am – Line up at the Big Bus Information Center to collect The RIDE tickets for that night – 8.30pm show

9.10am – Walk to Pier 83

10.00am – Take the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Best of New York boat cruise

12.30pm – Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air + Space Museum

1.30pm – Walk to Grand Central Terminal
Take the Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
Collect the headseats from the marked ticket windows on the Main Concourse.

3.30pm – Walk to Radio City Music Hall and take the Stage Door Tour
Entrance is 1260 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 50th/51st Streets)

5.15pm – Walk to the Rockefeller Center and take the backstage tour

6.15pm – Walk back to the hotel
Go and have some dinner

8.30pm – The RIDE

10.00pm – Walk back to the hotel

 

Daily price of the New York Pass: $48
Cost of the attractions visited: $192
Savings = $144

 

DAY FIVE (Wednesday)

 

8.30am –  Walk to 56 W 56th Street to collect your bike and helmet

9.00am – Take the Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals

11.30am – Take the Carnegie Hall Tour

12.30pm – Grab some lunch at Time Warner Center

1.30pm – Take the Tour at Lincoln Center

3.00pm – Visit the Museum of Modern Art

5.00pm – Take some photo with your favourite celebs at Madame Tussauds

6.30pm – Walk back to the hotel to freshen up
Then go out for some dinner

9.30pm – Visit the Empire State Building
To see Manhattan from the observation deck at night

 

Daily price of the New York Pass: $48
Cost of the attractions visited: $176
Savings = $128

 

TOTAL SAVINGS = A WHOPPING $581

 

 

PURCHASE THE NEW YORK PASS

New York Pass are always running deals – with 20% the most you’ll save – so, in order to get the best deal order the pass online.

5 day New York Pass – $299.00 online price $239.20 (a saving of $59.80)

BUY NOW!

 

More Useful Links

Full list of New York Pass attractions

New York Pass FAQ

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