Traveling to big cities can be an expensive venture. After airfare and a pricey hotel room (which can cost even more than your airfare, but that’s another story), there are meals and attractions to pay for. But there’s a good deal to be had for visitors to such cities as New York, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco and a handful of others. It’s called the CityPASS.
For 15 years, CityPASS has been the way savvy tourists get into top attractions and without waiting in line at ticket windows. Because if you buy one for your destination, you save about 50% on the price of admission to various museums, zoos, aquariums and other local attractions.
We used one on a visit to Boston and were very glad we did. Not only was it cheaper to get into the aquarium there, but it was a day when there was no school and the lines at the ticket window were endless. We walked right up to the gate, handed them our CityPASS tickets and went right in. We beat the crowds and never stood in line.
Prices vary by destination, but the Boston one, for example, is $46 ($29 for children) and includes some stellar attractions, which would have cost about $90 if we’d paid for them individually.
CityPass ticket books are valid for 9 to 14 days (depending on your destination), so they’ll cover most vacation times (or, if you live in one of these cities and want to do a “stay-cation” this year).
They’re also available for Chicago, Hollywood, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto and Southern California. You can see a full list or find out more on the CityPASS website.