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Vacation Saver: Attraction Tickets for Less
I don’t know about you guys – but I’m a sucker for tourist attractions. It was most likely engrained into me from experiencing all the tourist traps we could find on our family vacations while I was growing up. Even though they can be crowded, have way too many lines, and are sometimes just downright cheesy – they still bring in people and make money like nobody’s business.
You may swear up and down that you steer as far away from these tourist traps as possible. Cost is typically the biggest reason for this. The attraction tickets can be outrageously priced, so much so that not even your kids crying, screaming, and begging to go see the fishies at the aquarium can convince you to break out your wallet.
First, I would like to applaud you if you are budget conscious enough to say no means no when it comes to not paying those high prices.
But, what if I told you there is a way to get BIG discounts on all those fun attractions AND not have to wait in tickets lines?
Yep. It’s called the CityPass.
Save $$$ on fun things to do in the city
Typically, there are a handful of main attractions that each large city in the US boasts of. For Atlanta, it’s the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca Cola. In New York, it’s the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty and others. In Southern California, there is Disneyland and Sea World. So what if you want to experience several of these main attractions but don’t want to spend the big bucks?
The City Pass allows you to visit multiple main attractions in select US cities for only a portion of regular admission prices. You can save anywhere from 40% to 53% off the standard box office rates!
In case you’re planning your vacation now, the City Pass is offered for these cities:
City Pass Highlights
Below I have listed the attraction options available for a few popular cities with the City Pass to give you an idea of what it offers. Please be aware that the prices I have listed are the prices for the time that this post was written and may have changed since. The intent is just to show you the base comparison between regular attraction ticket pricing and the City Pass pricing. Also, please note that tax is not included in the City Pass prices below.
With City Pass Atlanta, you save 40% off combined attraction ticket prices. The attractions include: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, Zoo Atlanta OR Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Fernbank Museum of History OR College Football Hall of Fame.
Regular Box Office Price: Adults – $125.93 Children – $100.93
City Pass Price: Adults $75 Children – $59
When my husband and I were dating, I purchased the City Pass Atlanta as a birthday gift. We had so much fun and definitely would not have went to these attractions if we had to pay full price. The City Pass was awesome for us and made a great gift!
With City Pass Boston, you save 45% off combined attraction tickets. The attractions include: New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory, Harvard Museum of Natural History OR Boston Harbor Cruises.
Regular Box Office Price: Adults – $101.35 Children – $78.15
City Pass Price: Adults $56 Children – $44
With City Pass Chicago, you save 53% off combined attraction tickets. The attractions include: Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 Chicago, Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago.
Regular Box Office Price: Adults – $212.95 Children – $179.90
City Pass Price: Adults $99.75 Children – $84.75
With City Pass Southern California, you save $150 (or more) off combined attraction tickets. The attractions include: Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND.
Regular Box Office Price: Adults – $503 Children – $479
City Pass Price: Adults $353 Children – $324
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As you can see, there are really cool attractions included in the City Pass with great savings to boot!
Here’s what you need to know
When you buy your City Pass, you will have two options – a booklet or a voucher. The booklet includes the actual admission tickets for each of the attractions included in your City Pass. With the booklet, you are able to skip all ticket sale lines and go right to the main entrance of each attraction with your ticket in hand. However, you will have to pay a small shipping fee for it to be mailed to you.
On the other hand, when you buy the voucher, you are able to immediately download it to your computer and print it out. You will then take your City Pass voucher to whichever attraction you want to visit first and the ticket taker will exchange your voucher for a booklet. (Remember the booklet has all your admission tickets so don’t lose it!) If you choose this option, you may have to stand in a ticket line to switch out your voucher for a booklet, but this is the only line you will have to wait in and there is no extra shipping charge!
If you buy the City Pass voucher, you typically have 6 months to swap it for a City Pass booklet before the voucher expires. You can swap your voucher for your booklet as the first attraction you visit.
Also, once you visit your first attraction you have a set window to use your other attraction tickets before they expire. In other words, have a plan in place to visit the attractions included in your City Pass! You must use all your attraction tickets with 9 days of visiting your first attraction or the tickets expire. Here is the statement from the City Pass website:
“CityPASS booklets and New York C3 passes are valid for 9 consecutive days beginning with the first day of use. Southern California CityPASS cards and e-tickets are valid for 14 consecutive days beginning with the first day of use.”
To me, this is really the only potential downfall of the City Pass. When we used our City Pass in Atlanta, we had to make sure we got to all the attractions within back to back weekends so they didn’t expire. With this being said, I would recommend the City Pass to those who are going on a 5 day+ vacation and have time to visit all the attractions without being rushed.
If you have further questions on the specifics of the City Pass, you can visit their FAQ page here.
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