The story happened several years ago. When my girlfriend and I first decided to visit New York city, there was such a big number of ideas about what to do and where to go that the most reasonable way for getting to know the city was to buy New York city pass. The planning was very tight as there were numerous things to see and to visit. Honestly, we received even more impressions and things that we expected to get.
During 2 days my girlfriend and I used the water-options (hop on hop off water-taxi around Manhattan during the day time, romantic cruise around the city in the evening), went to the observing points of the highest buildings – Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, visited the filming studio NBC, the submarine and a ship with the desk full of helicopters (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum), enjoyed Madam Tussauds. We liked the national museum (American Museum of Natural History) which was in Ben Stiller movie – lots of information, which wasn’t tiring or boring.
We also enjoyed the phone game with the hints, exploring Chinese district (although got tired very quickly and kept on walking on our own), went to the Hollywood restaurant and used a discount there (that visit was the first and the last- too expensive, not very tasty…hm).
The biggest surprise was the custom service which turned out to be very friendly and nice- there were two problems with city pass use: the first one was the city exploring game- there was no person in the office to start it, we had to call the customer services several times and got the chance to play that game for free even after the use of city pass! The same story was with museum of Madam Tussauds- we came to the entrance by the time the museum was still open, but the entrance doors were already closed as they weren’t selling the tickets anymore and there was no way to get inside. That evening customer service employee listened to our story, sent the email to someone and we were able to enter that museum on the following day (our time of city pass was already used by the morning), we were very thankful.
If we ever want to visit such a number of places in New York on our own or invite friends to explore those with us, we would definitely use those cards again, may be for an extended time (3-7 days).
Written by SL