A Go City Card is a multi-attractions access pass, that has partnered with over 400 attractions nationwide. Currently the Go City Card is offered in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oahu, Orlando, San Diego, and San Francisco. One summer afternoon, I decided to take my son, and be tourists in our own city, using the Go City Card NYC. I hope to give locals and tourists an inside look on how the Go City Card NYC works.
Living in NYC we rarely do the extremely touristy things
My Strange Family currently lives in one of the top tourist destinations in the world, New York City, but we rarely do the extremely “touristy things”. Yes, we take adventures many times a week, but when looking over the attractions offered in the Go City Card NYC, I realized my son had only done a handful. He had been asking for months to go on an open roof bus, and I was excited to find out the CitySights Bus Tour was one of the many attractions to choose from on the New York City Explorer Pass.
I opted for the 3 attraction Explorer Pass ($76 for adults, $59 for kids), saving us about 35 percent off the cost of each full-priced attraction. I always try to avoid crowds, so learning that I had to go to Times Square and wait in a line, to activate my digital pass was a bit overwhelming. However, once my pass was activated I just needed to show it at each separate attraction. Plus the Go City Card pass was good for 30 days upon activation, so as locals we did not need to do everything in one day, just within the month. Spread the crowds out over time.
My Son enjoyed the double decker bus ride for about 30 minutes, and then he was anxious to try something new (remember he is 4.5 here). With the 24 hour, hop-on, hop-off option on the CitySights Bus Tour it made it nice to see some of the city by bus and by foot, day or night (not being stuck underground in a subway). It is a slower option than the subway though, so if you are in a rush I would recommend just taking public transportation. As a tourist though, I think it is a great way to see NYC unobstructed, don’t forget your sunblock or hat.
My son loved pointing out all of the landmarks
For our second attraction with the Go City Card, we took an exhilarating ride on the SHARK Boat. This thrill ride is not for everyone, you will get wet, and the music is loud. Combining a speedboat thrill ride with a high-speed tour of NYC’s landmarks, it’s perfect for tourists in a time crunch and locals who want a fun unique experience. The SHARK Boat ride is only 30 min long and perfect for my son, he loved pointing out all of the landmarks he was familiar with, or has only read about in those ABC, 123 NYC books. Make sure your kid is 40” or taller, and must be able to sit in their own seat, to enjoy the SHARK boat ride in NYC.
For our third attraction my son picked Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. Escape the ordinary and explore all things bizarre, at Ripley’s Odditorium it showcases mind-bending mysteries, an extensive collection of rare artifacts, thrilling interactive exhibits, and lots of stranger-than-fiction fun. It was a good way to pass an hour, but I would not say it was the highlight of our Go City Card tour. This exhibit could literally be anywhere in the world, not really iconic NYC. As a local I would recommend using your pass for Top of the Rock (you get a great view of Central Park, and the Empire State Building from the top) or any one of the museums listed (AMNH if you have kids with you).
Go City Cards can be purchased online and instantaneously delivered to a your smart phone (90% of the passes are used digitally). They can also be bought at outlets within a city upon arrival. You can choose from different types of passes to fit your travel needs. An all-inclusive pass gives you carte blanche to visit any of that city’s included attractions, while a “Build Your Own” allows them to create your own itinerary and receive guaranteed savings.
I can’t wait to try the Go City Card in other cities across the US.
Thank you Smart Destinations for providing My Strange Family with a 3 attraction Explorer Pass to help facilitate this review.