Hi: I'm going to New York in September and I'm not sure whether to get one of the New York passes or just pay individually through viator before we travel? Can anyone help? Also, do you know the best website to book a show through? Any help appreciated.
It does depend what you're planning to do really. They are good value but equally if you're just planning to soak up the place and see the sights generally then you may not want to rush from attraction to attraction. For my money the unmissables are Central Park (not carriage ride), Highline (free), Staten Island Ferry (free), walk across Brooklyn Bridge, see view of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park (pizza at Juliana's!), walk back across bridge, mooch round Gansevoort Market and Chelsea Market, explore West Village, Greenwich Village, Meatpacking District & Soho on foot, walk up Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue, explore area round the Rockefeller Centre, 911 Memorial (but not the museum), go to a classic diner, Ellen's Stardust diner - none of this needs a ticket. On top of this top must dos that need tickets are Empire State Building at night (better than Top of the Rock as although both good the ESB is just iconic) plus the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which you can just buy tickets for on the door. Also the Met has a suggested entrance fee but you can just pay what you feel is appropriate (they are hugely well supported and they won't suffer). If you have dcs the American Museum of Natural History is good too (but NOT Central Park Zoo). Have an amazing time - I heart NYC!