Two years ago, my family and I took a weekend road trip to see Philadelphia. In doing my research to find kid-friendly attractions, I came across CityPASS, a discount program that hand picks tourist spots and offers tickets at deep discounts in 11 cities. It was convenient, saved us money, and we had a wonderful time.
Whether you’re looking to hit top attractions in a nearby city during a “staycation,” head out on a road trip, or see the sights at your leisure during a longer getaway, here’s what CityPASS could offer you.
- You’ll save money if you want to act like a tourist. CityPASS is a convenient, less expensive way to see the top sites in any of its destinations. Each ticket package can save travelers 40-50% off the cost of buying individual tickets. If you prefer to go off the beaten path, however, this is probably not the program for you since only the most popular attractions are included.
- CityPASS travelers can skip the main entrance ticket lines on some attractions. If that’s not a reason to look into CityPASS, I don’t know what is. Besides the fact that waiting in line is boring, your vacation time is valuable.
- It’s a great option for planners or for last-minute trip makers. For those who like to have their tickets in hand, you can purchase CityPASS through the website; the cost is the same whether you buy online or not. Or, CityPASS is available for purchase at all of the attractions featured in the program. Either way, CityPASS is designed to make sure you won’t feel rushed. You can visit all of the locations over a long weekend, or spread them out over a longer week so there’s time to do other things as well.
- Shared tickets give you some choice of attractions. In Philadelphia, for instance, one ticket offered the option to check out Eastern State Penitentiary or the Please Touch Museum. Since I have two small children, we went with the family friendly museum. For other cities that have an option ticket, there is usually one choice to accommodate adults traveling alone, and another for those with children.
- Bonus savings included, too. Don’t forget to check in the back of your CityPASS booklet for added value coupons or vouchers. In New York, for instance, there’s a coupon for 15% off a purchase at Bloomingdale’s. Or, if you wanted to do visit both the Guggenheim and the Top of the Rock (you get to pick from those two attractions with CityPASS), there’s a coupon for whichever one you didn’t choose.
For more information on cities and pricing, check out CityPASS.