Big Three Combo ticket for NYC
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 13, 2013 2:16 PM Last Post By: itzawonnder
Mar 12, 2013 1:18 PM
Big Three Combo ticket for NYCI'm going to be leaving for the US next Monday and am considering booking the Big Three Combo ticket for when I go to NYC - a friend recommended it and said it would save me a considerable amount as it covered the Empire State Building, MOMA and a cruise around the Statue of Liberty for about £33. I ask about it here for two reasons a.) to see if anyone else used this ticket and if it worked okay and b.) to check that I've found the correct place to buy it from. The prices I'm finding for the combo ticket vary dramatically from about $55 to $90; the most legitimate looking link I've been able to find is this one-
I just really wanted to check that that's a reliable link and represents the best price - I'm wary as there seem to be a lot of cons out there.
This will be my first visit to NYC so any advice would be gratefully received!
Mar 12, 2013 2:07 PM
1Buying a multi-attraction pass is often not the right thing to do in NYC. Are you sure that these are three things that are on your own "must do" list? Many travelers prefer Top of the Rock to the Empire State Building, or you might rather do the Metropolitan Museum of Art vs MOMA.
How sure are you that you want to do that cruise? How sure are you that you are going to want to go to ESB first, in order to pick up the ticket? What if it's not good weather for ESB? (overcast and cloudy or even rainy).
Sometimes saving a few bucks (in this case, it looks like about $20 savings) isn't worth the loss of flexibility, or getting persuaded to spend your time doing something that wouldn't be your highest priority.
Mar 12, 2013 2:21 PM
2Thanks for the advice. I was a bit hasty in my original post, as the ticket actually grants admission to the Met rather than MOMA (the Met is definitely one of my go-to destinations while I'm in NYC). Nonetheless your point still holds true - I'd probably only visit the Empire State Building for the novelty value and the same goes for the cruise. It's still something I might consider but there are plenty of other great things to do, many of them cheaper.
Mar 12, 2013 2:25 PM
3The combo covers The Met, not MOMA. It is legit though.
The Met is actually free, but admission is "recommended." Same for the Museum of Natural History. There is a lawsuit pending over The Met's (perceived) lack of disclosure.
MoMA has free Friday nights. Get there at least one hour early.
The NY CityPass offers 3 additional attractions: http://www.citypass.com/new-york
Mar 12, 2013 2:40 PM
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Mar 12, 2013 9:16 PM
- Does that ferry actually give you time ON the SofL island and Ellis Island like the one I took a few years ago did? ... For example I just recently took a $10 boat ride in San Francisco which looped around Alcatraz -- which was fun, but not at all the same thing as taking the Alcatraz tour of course ... So I'm just wondering if it might be the same sort of distinction ...
- When I was in New York I really enjoyed seeing both of them up close & found the name of one of my relatives on the wall of immigrants etc. ... Also, didn't I hear somewhere that nowadays they've started letting people climb up into her nose or what-not? Or maybe that's false ...
- One time many years ago, a friend & I tried that at the Met entrance of just saying that we were only going to pay a dime each -- & they let me in of course ... But yeah, I heard about the lawsuit -- they sort of set it up so as to try to make you feel a bit sheepish about going that route ... Which must be why I paid the full price every subsequent time!
Mar 13, 2013 7:10 AM
Mar 13, 2013 9:37 AM
9This pass is not worth it. Plus, you may change your mind when you're in the city and skip some of this. There is a lot more to do and see than the "sites".
- You can see the Statue of Liberty and take photos for free by taking the free Staten Island Ferry (when open).
- You can go to the MoMa for free Friday nights. And though it's suggested to pay $25 to get into the Met, you're only required to pay "something", i.e. you can pay $1 or $5 and get in.
- So you're really only spending that money on the Empire State Building thing, which you may even skip.
Mar 13, 2013 2:16 PM
10The Met operates on a skinny budget that is so tight it doesn't even have the resources to bid against other domestic museums, like the Getty, for works that would be important to its collection. Please pay more than a few pennies to get in. Anyone who can afford world travel can afford to pay something above pocket change to see one of the world's greatest collections. We live in an era where government has just about abandoned its museums, and the wealthy museums are supported by family fortunes as egotistical indulgences.
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