3-Day New York Itinerary: Live Like An Influencer

By Shashia Mitchell

So you’re going to visit the big apple? Your flights are booked. Your bags are packed. If you’re ahead of the game, you’ve probably got a few places in mind that you want to visit, but only a few days to cram everything in - you’re going to have to be smart about your New York itinerary.

Don’t sweat it! We’ve sent a seasoned traveler ahead to figure this all out, so you don’t have to.

Here’s a rundown of some of the things in this New York itinerary:

  • The Met Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Coney Island
  • Big Bus Tour
  • Empire State Building
  • And more

Travel like an influencer

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Over 65 million people visited New York between 2018 and 2019. That’s thousands of people frequenting whichever part of the ‘Big Apple’ you are visiting. That’s also hundreds of extra people standing in line at each attraction. And hours of your day wasted standing behind 'said' people.

But what if you could take the stress out of your holiday planning?

Hola_Nina is as traveled as they come and has visited the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ on several occasions. This time, Nina went with a handy three-day New York Pass®. The pass helped save her money and time, leaving her more time to explore everything the city had to offer.

Check out some of the savings Nina enjoyed with her three-day pass.

With over 100 attractions to choose from included with the NYP, this Chinese traveler handpicked the best spots for her three-day trip with VIP benefits like discounts to restaurants and rooftop bars. Needless to say, she holidayed in style.

Here’s our first tip: Be sure to pack your camera, because the pics from this trip will take your Instagram game to new heights.

New York itinerary - Day 1

Let’s begin with one of the most famous museums in the United States, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met, is NYC’s artistic pride and joy, playing host to the annual Met Gala for celebs, stylists, and VIPs within the fashion industry.

This picturesque establishment is perfect for those who love to lose themselves in history. It houses over 5,000 years of art within its walls and more than 30 annual exhibits. View the Sculpture Garden, works from Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, and Van Gogh, plus a multitude of designs and architecture.

Tip: New York Pass® holders can benefit from free entry to The Met, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters when visiting them on the same day.

Getting in: The Met is located on 1000 5th Ave and opens every from 10 am. Tickets run at $32 for adults but are included with the New York Pass®. Just show your pass and enjoy ‘skip the ticket line’ access.

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Are you thinking about lunch yet? Enjoy a carefree picnic in Central Park with The Family Picnic. Order online then collect your food from their store right by Central Park - NYP holders get 10% off when using the app!

Guggenheim Museum

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Guggenheim Museum is home to impressionist, post-impressionist, early-modern, and contemporary art from around the world. The nautilus-shaped building is an architectural masterpiece designed by the visionary architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. It has featured in numerous films, including Men in Black, Bye Bye Birdie, and When in Rome.

View masterpieces by Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, and Manet across several rotunda-style floor-levels that break the mould on traditional gallery space.

Tip: The Guggenheim hosts several special exhibitions throughout the year and offers a free guided tour, held daily at 2.00 pm. Be sure to check what’s on before your visit.

Getting in: You’ll find the Guggenheim at 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York. Tickets cost $25, but you can save on time and money with NYP 'skip the ticket line’ access.

Madame Tussauds

With Broadway just around the corner, you may spot a few famous faces on your trip to NYC. If you’re looking for a done-deal and a selfie as proof, then Madame Tussauds is the place to be. Get up close and personal to over 200 wax figures of celebrities like Taylor Swift, Puff Daddy, Marilyn Monroe, and more - with no barrier ropes to hold you back.

Tip: Want to see more than wax figurines? Play the zombie apocalypse sensory multi-game in 7D. Or watch Marvel’s superheroes come to life in 4D. Be sure to grab yourself a personalized wax hand sculpture as a memento.

Getting in: Head down to 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th/ 8th Avenues). Ticket cost $37.02 for adults and $32.66 for children, but the NYP gets you entry, at no additional cost.

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If you want to make the most of your evening, the NYP app offers money off nightlife experiences. Save on entry to rooftop bars from Times Square to the Hudson River.

New York itinerary - Day 2

No New York itinerary is complete without a few iconic landmarks.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic installations in the United States and a rite of passage for NY visitors. Learn the inspiring creation story behind this beacon of freedom. Visit the Immersive Theatre and the Engagement Gallery. Or view the Inspiration Gallery, which displays the original torch as well as recreations of Lady Liberty’s face and foot.

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Tip: The Museum is incredibly popular during the summer months. Plan your trip during the spring or fall to beat the crowds.

Getting in: The museum is only accessible by boat or ferry, and tickets will set you back $18.50 for adults and $11.00 for children. If you have a NYP you can benefit from a round-trip journey from Battery Park, plus an audio tour of and museum tickets to Ellis Island Museum.

Lunar Park and Coney Island

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Coney Island, or ‘the city’s playground’ as it’s often called, has a host of things to do all year-round like movie nights and concerts. During the summer months, thrill-seekers and sun lovers can make the most of Lunar Park’s exhilarating rides and lounge on one of NYC’s top beaches.

If you’re looking for a seat with a view, head to Deno’s Wonder Wheel. The Wheel has been the cities favorite attraction since its construction in 1920. The view from its peak is breath-taking, offering a panoramic of Coney Island and the Manhattan skyline.

Tip: Maximise your time and money with an all-day ride wristband and free entry to Deno’s wonder wheel, and access to up to 24 rides with the NYP.

Getting in: Lunar Park on Coney Island is closed from November to March. You can get Lunar Park tickets for $39.00 and access Deno’s wonder wheel for $9.00, but you’ll have access to both with a NYP at no additional cost.

Need help planning your itinerary? Compare how much you could save when visiting top attractions with the NYP.

New York Itinerary - Day 3

By this point, you would have experienced a plethora of art and culture, spectacular views, and a rush of adrenaline.

Now it’s time to uncover the hidden gems on NYC’s streets.

Big Bus Tour

If you’d rather make your way around the city on four wheels instead of two, hop on a Big Bus Tour.

Learn about the city’s enthralling history as you make your way past the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, Chinatown, Grand Central Station, and the Statue of Liberty. Jump off at any of the 25+ stops and take your time exploring each area. Then when you’re ready, hop back on and continue your tour.

Tip: Need to cross the city with convenience? Take advantage of a Big Bus 1-day classic ticket, included with the NYP. The NYP app allows you to view which attractions are close by via its map, so you can take advantage of the Big Bus’s free Wi-Fi and plan where to go next.

Getting in: Purchase your tickets from the Big Bus website for $55 for adults and $45 for children. Then scan your NYP or present your purchased ticket to a Big Bus agent at any of the designated stops.

Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

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The Brooklyn Bridge has featured in numerous works by Andy Warhol and Woody Allen as well as films Sex and the City, Limitless’and Selma. The Bridge connects Brooklyn to Manhattan and spans almost 1,600 feet. Venture across this iconic structure at your own pace with a Bike Tour and bike rental from Unlimited Biking. Make a stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park for views of New Jersey or grab some food at any of the food vendors.

Tip: The tour includes a free helmet, lock, and basket, but NYP holders can benefit from complimentary drop-offs at any one of the Unlimited Biking’s seven locations (which would usually set you back an additional $5).

Getting in: Unlimited Biking is a stone’s throw away from Brooklyn Bridge at 38 Park Row, and tickets cost $45.00. Tours between November and March run daily at 9 am, with bike rental services open between 9 am and 5 pm. Tours between April and October run at 9 am, 12 noon and 4 pm with rentals between 8 am and 8 pm.

Best Views in New York City

Empire State Building

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The ESB is located in Midtown Manhattan and welcomes over 3.5 million visitors each year, from soon-to-be-engaged couples to celebrities. It has over 100 floors and a brand new range of interactive exhibits across nine galleries.

Tip: Plan your visit between 8 am-11 am to beat the crowds. Can’t wait to experience the views from the deck? Check out the ESB’s live stream, right now.

Getting in: The ESB is located on 20 West 34th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue). You can grab tickets from the attraction website from $43.55 for adults. Alternatively, gain access to the 86th-floor Observatory plus skip the ticket line access with the NYP.

Want more of a VIP experience? NYP holders can upgrade to get expedited entry and access to the 102nd floor at a discounted rate.

Check out our interview with the Director of the Empire State Building, Jean-Yves Ghazi.

Top of The Rock

The view from Top of the Rock’s 70th-floor Observation Deck is unparalleled and offers a beautiful nighttime scene of Manhattan.

Tip: The venue also has a few unique exhibits. The Interactive Beam Walk display allows you to walk in the footsteps of the fearless construction workers who built the Rockefeller Center.

Getting in: Head down to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for this multi-level observation experience. Tickets will cost you $41.37 for adults and $34.84 children, but NYP holders can get in for free.

That’s all for our three day New York itinerary! If you're planning your next weekend away, why not see how much you could save with a New York Pass©.

In the meantime, for more things to do, places to visit, and where to eat in NYC, look no further.

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Things To Do In New York Indoors For Tourists

While NYC is well known for its majestic skyline and landscaped parks, the city’s indoor treasures can actually rival its outdoor ones. Here’s a roundup of 10 great ways to spend your time indoors when in the Big Apple. Free Entry with The New York Pass® Free entry to many of these popular New York attractions and activities are included on The New York Pass®. Used by over 3.5 million travelers, the New York Pass is the ultimate sightseeing pass, which includes admission to 90+ attractions, Fast Track Entry at select attractions, a free guidebook, & much more. Learn more about the New York Pass benefits & how to save up to 70% off attractions. 1. A Broadway Show Take in a high-kicking Broadway show. There’s always a great lineup of popular shows. See the new Cirque du Soleil Paramour, the Lion King, Chicago, Waitress, Cats and much more. You won’t mind being indoors when at a terrific Broadway show. You can easily purchase tickets online. Tip: New York Pass holders can save 10% off Broadway tickets when purchasing through the New York Pass Concierge 2. Museum of Modern Art Explore the Museum of art. It’s one of the world’s largest collections of modern art and showcases the timeline of art history. See masters like Monet, Manet, Pollock and Warhol. Plus, you can dine, drink and watch a movie all under the same roof. Films range from art flicks to indie foreign movies. Visit the bookstore and its gift shop for some cool souvenirs. Dine at Terrace 5 for some yummy dessert and indulge in some gourmet French-inspired fare at the Modern. A day at the Museum of Modern Art is just plain fun and cool. Admission: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) tickets are included with the New York Pass. 3. Chelsea Piers You can golf, rock climb and play ice hockey, all indoors at Chelsea Piers. There’s even batting cages. This 28-acre waterfront complex stands over the Hudson River. It’s the ideal place to have some indoor fun and stay fit. Get your exercise on at Chelsea Piers. Admission: Chelsea Piers activities are not included with the New York Pass. 4. Madame Tussauds Take a stroll through the bright lights of Times Square and head to the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds on 42nd Street. It’s an entertaining afternoon, and you snap some selfies with famous celebs like Obama and Justin Timberlake. It’s both spooky and exciting. Plus, it has the exhibit Ghostbuster’s Experience. It’s a truly virtual ghostbusting reality experience and one of its newer additions. Admission: Madame Tussauds tickets are included with the New York Pass. 5. Bowlmor Lanes Bowlmor is not yesteryear’s bowling alley. It’s got a cool soundtrack, shiny lanes and a full cocktail menu. And with its New York style comfort food, you can enjoy a two-foot-long hotdog-the Coney Mega Dog. There’s also a very large entertainment space with a video arcade, laser tag and a ropes course. Let the good times roll at Bowlmor. 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Admission: Modern Pinball is not included with the New York Pass. Remember To Save on Attraction Admission Paying admission to all of these attractions in New York City can certainly put a dent in your pocket. However, the New York Pass grants you free entry to over 90 attractions in New York so that you can enjoy more and save more during your trip. For more information on the New York Pass, click here.
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Empire State Building: Anniversary

[caption id="attachment_1278" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Empire State Building | Photo by @javan[/caption] Empire State Building Around the world you’ll find monuments that perfectly embody the cities that they belong to. In Paris you have the Eiffel Tower and in Toronto you have the CN Tower that are globally recognized as buildings from these cities. The same is the case when you think of New York, as the Empire State Building automatically comes to mind. Along with structures like the Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building, the ESB is a solidified symbol of the “Empire State”. Anniversary On May 1st in 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated and it began its long historic legacy. At one point in time it was the tallest building in the world and held that title for 40 years until the completion of the original World Trade Center in 1970. While being constructed, the gorgeous skyscraper designed by William F. Lamb was actually in a race with 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building to become just that. Despite not holding the title anymore, it’s still a staple in the image of the state and is often used as a voice in political and social climate. The iconic lighting atop the ESB was first used after just one year of the building’s completion. Since 1976 those lights have changed colors adding a beautiful element to New York’s skyline. We’ve seen the Empire State Building change the color of its lights to celebrate specific holidays throughout the year and also to represent solitude for different areas of the world if they ever experience hardship. The skyscraper makes for beautiful photos whether you’re standing on the other side of the city or on the inside of the building. Observation Deck One of New York’s treasured observation decks belongs to the Empire State Building. Along with Top of The Rock, the ESB observation deck is one of the most popular elevated areas for people in the city to take pictures and appreciate the skyline. This is a great place to catch views of the entire city from way above the ground. Another great thing about the ESB is that it’s open late, so you can also take night time photos of NYC until they close at 2 am. This is something to keep in mind if you’re building your itinerary. Thinking of visiting the Empire State Building? Entrance to the ESB is free with the New York Pass and allows you to enter within the operating hours: Monday-Sunday: 8am - 2am
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