Vacations to major metropolitan cities in the summer are great for families. With so many attractions and activities, both inside and out, and hotel options that fit every budget, a trip to New York City, Chicago or Houston may be perfect for your next family getaway. This summer, when visiting one of the big cities in North America, be sure to sign up for a CityPASS and enjoy more while paying less.
CityPASSES are available in 11 major cities across North America, including New York City, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Seattle, San Francisco and Southern California. No matter which one you visit, a CityPASS will allow you and your family to access at least five attractions easily. According to its website, CityPASSES are recommended by 97 percent of travelers who have used them in the past. They allow guests to skip most ticket lines at busy attractions; are valid for up to nine days at a time (14 when visiting Southern California); and are all of your attraction tickets in one. And when added together, travelers who use the CityPASS can save up to 50 percent off admission to each of the included attractions.
See what you can do and see in the 11 major cities across North America with your CityPASS:
New York City
CityPASS Attractions: Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or Circle Line Cruises
Cost: Adults (18 and older) – $109 per person. Children (6 to 17) – $82 per person.
See more attractions in New York City.
CityPASS Attractions: New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Museum of Natural History or Old State House
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $54. Children (3 to 11) – $39 per person.
See more attractions in Boston.
CityPASS Attractions: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Center
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $61.50 CAD per person. Children (4 to 12) – $39.60 CAD per person.
See more attractions in Toronto.
CityPASS Attractions: Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry), Skydeck Chicago, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $94 per person. Children (3 to 11) – $79 per person.
See more attractions in Chicago.
CityPASS Attractions: Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo or Kemah Boardwalk, Children’s Museum of Houston or Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $49 per person. Children (3 to 11) – $39 per person.
See more attractions in Houston.
CityPASS Attractions: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Zoo Atlanta or Atlanta History Center, Fernbank Museum of Natural History or High Museum of Art
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $74 per person. Children (3 to 12) – $59 per person.
See more attractions in Atlanta.
CityPASS Attractions: The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Trolley Works and big Bus Company, Adventure Aquarium, Philadelphia Zoo or National Constitution Center, Eastern State Penitentiary or Please Touch Museum
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $62 per person. Children (2 to 12) – $39 per person.
See more attractions in Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay (NEW!)
CityPASS Attractions: Busch Gardens Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Chihuly Collection or Museum of Science & Industry
Cost: Adults (10 and older) – $119 per person. Children (3 to 9) – $99 per person.
See more attractions in Tampa Bay.
CityPASS Attractions: Space Needle (two visits), Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Science Center or Museum of Flight
Cost: Adults (13 and older) – $64 per person. Children (4 to 12) – $44 per person.
See more attractions in Seattle.
CityPASS Attractions: Muni & Cable Car (seven-day passport), California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, Exploratorium or De Young Museum
Cost: Adults (12 and older) – $86 per person. Children (5 to 11) – $64 per person.
See more attractions in San Francisco.
CityPASS Attractions: 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket to Disneyland Resort & Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego
Possible Add-Ons (additional fees): San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California
Cost: Adults (10 and older) – $331 per person. Children (3 to 9) – $289 per person.
Read more on what you can do in California.
Visit the CityPASS website for more information.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz