By Ken Hegan for MSN

Here’s a sweet deal that’ll make your New York trip better, cheaper, and easier.

For one day only, July 31st, 2013, you can pay just $85 (that’s $30 off the regular price) to get into over 80 New York attractions. It’s called, quite naturally, the New York Pass and you can order it online here.

New York City

Empire State Building and the Manhattan skyline      Photo: Richard Drew

My superfine girlfriend’s mother sent her the link. So either her mum approves of us hanging out (whew) or she wants my g-friend to go enjoy herself solo in the Big Apple. Either way, it’s a helluva deal. Read on for more info!

The New York Pass gets you into major NYC attractions like:

  • The Empire State Building (normally $25 per person)
  • Top of the Rock ($27 per person)
  • NBC Studio tour ($24 a pop)
  • New York Skyride ($42 a head)
  • Statue of Liberty harbour cruise ($24 or bones or clams, if you will)

Paid separately, these admission fees add up fast. If you visited 10 major New York attractions, your admission fees would total over $300.

kids and statue

Kids pose in front of the Statue of Liberty, July 4th, 2013 Photo: Mary Altaffer

Get the $85 pass instead, and you can spend the money you saved on taxis, T-shirts, souvenir snow globes or whatever. By the way, the New York Pass is a ‘smart card’ — like a credit card with a computer chip inside that you swipe at each attraction. The pass is good for a year, too. Here’s a video that demonstrates how it works.

Not only do you get 80+ attractions with the wave of your hand, but they also throw in a 200+ page guidebook (published in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese) that includes hours of operation, directions to every attraction, detailed maps, and insider tips.

You can choose from four different duration types (1, 2, 3 and 7 days) and there’s no limit to how many attractions you can see. You get VIP treatment and ‘fast track entry‘ at New York’s 15 busiest attractions when you flash your pass. Plus there are 17 tours/attractions where you can book in advance and secure your place. You can also start planning your itinerary with their free phone app.

Bottom line: if you only have a short time in New York and you demand maximum fun for minimal coin, the New York Pass is a winner. Again: the discounted $85 rate is only good for today, July 31, 2013. Then it reverts to its usual price or turns into a pumpkin.

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— Ken Hegan


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