New York City attraction, museum, and city-tour prices for 2011

As one of the world's great metropolises, there's plenty to like about New York City, but it's also quite expensive for almost everyone. Even though the city itself is quite large it's very helpful that nearly all the main attractions and sights are within a relatively small area in the southern part of Manhattan Island, and great public transportation can help keep budgets in check as well.

Below are all the most popular museums, tours, and other attractions, with their current prices, which should help you determine which places fit into your budget and which might not. You can see all of these prices plus prices for hotels, transportation, food, drinks, and more on our main New York City prices page, which also lets you convert the US dollars into any other currency you prefer at today's exchange rates.

Once you see how expensive most of these things are, you might be interested in the New York Pass, which is a good deal for many visitors. Also you'll want to check out our recommended New York hotels for excellent deals at really good places.

New York City attraction, museum, and city-tour prices for 2011

Updated September, 2011

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry

Official website

Both sites are technically free to enter, but the only way to get to either one is on the special ferry that goes to both in a circuit. Lines for the boats can be long if you don't buy tickets in advance.

  • Adult: $13.00
  • Ages 62+: $10.00
  • Ages 4-12: $5.00

Empire State Building

Official website

  • ESB Express Pass: $45.00
  • Adults (13-61): $21.00
  • Child (6-12): $15.00
  • Senior (62+): $19.00
  • ESB Audio Tour: $8.00
  • Military in Uniform: Free
  • Toddlers (5 or younger): Free

102nd Floor Observatory tickets are only sold upon arrival at the Empire State Building at a cost of $15.00 in addition to regular admission tickets.

Circle Line harbor cruise

Official website

2-hour Semi-circle cruise

  • Adult: $32
  • Child: $21
  • Senior: $28

3-hour Full-circle cruise

  • Adult: $36
  • Child: $23
  • Senior: $31

Grayline city bus tour

Official website

Uptown Loop OR Downtown Loop OR Brooklyn Loop

  • Adult: $39
  • Child: $29

All loops (48 hours)

  • Adult: $49
  • Child: $39

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Official website

  • Adults: $25*
  • Seniors (65 and older): $17*
  • Students: $12*

*Note: These are SUGGESTED donation amounts. Cheapskates sometimes pay as little as $1 or even less, but you can pay anything you like, or nothing.

Guggenheim Museum

Official website

  • Adults $18
  • Students and Seniors (65+): $15
  • Children under 12: Free

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Official website

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors (65+): $16
  • Students (full-time with current ID): $12
  • Children (16 and under): Free

Whitney Museum of American Art

Official website

  • General admission: $18
  • Ages 19–25: $12
  • Ages 62 and over: $12
  • Full-time students: $12
  • Ages 18 and under: FREE

Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm

American Museum of Natural History

Official website

Suggested General Admission

  • Adults: $19
  • Children (2-12): $10.50
  • Seniors/Students with ID: $14.50

Ground Zero Museum Workshop

  • Adults: $25
  • Ages 65+: $18
  • Under 13: $18

Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

Official website

Admission includes access to Intrepid, Growler Submarine, and the film, Story of Intrepid.

  • Adult: $24.00
  • Seniors and US College Students: $20.00
  • Youth (3-17) and Veterans: $19.00
  • U.S. Active Military, Retired US Military, Children Under 3: FREE

Madam Tussauds Wax Museum

Official website

Buy online to save 20%

  • Adult: $36.00
  • Senior 60+: $33.00
  • Child 4 – 12: $29.00
  • Age 3 and under: FREE

One Response to “New York City attraction, museum, and city-tour prices for 2011”

Andrew says:

You missed Ripley’s Time Square Fun with the Kids!
Ultimate Adventurer Pricing:
Price Online
Price You
Adults $ 34.73 $ 27.72 $ 7.01
Child 4-12 $ 27.11 $ 21.24 $ 5.87


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