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NYC Must-See Week 2019: 2-for-1 Tickets to Museums, Tours, and More

Looking for a fantastic New York experience for half the price? You’re in luck! From January 21 to February 10, some of the city’s top attractions will offer 2-for-1 tickets during NYC Must-See Week. Just select the attractions you’d like to visit, and use the code “MUSTSEE19” when you purchase tickets online. You can also mention Must-See Week when you order tickets by phone, or present a voucher on your mobile device in-person at your chosen attraction. This yearly event also coincides with Restaurant Week and Broadway Week, offering deals on fine dining and theatre. Read on for highlights of participating tours, attractions, museums, and performing arts venues during Must-See Week.

NYC Must-See Week 2019: Sightseeing

See the city by boat, foot, and from behind a camera during Must-See Week this year. There are also tours of iconic New York locations like Madison Square Garden, NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, the United Nations, and Yankee Stadium at 2-for-1 pricing.

See the skyline from the water on a wide range of boat tours this winter. But don’t worry, you’ll stay warm in the climate-controlled interiors. Bateaux New York takes visitors around the city in a luxury yacht, serving gourmet lunches, brunch and dinner. Have a jazzy brunch cruise with Hornblower or hop-on, hop-off convenience with New York Water Taxi. Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York offer dining cruises, while Circle Line and CitySightseeing provide narration along with your boat tour so you can learn about the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and other unforgettable sights.

Bus tours of the city include narrated rides around town in a double-decker bus with Gray Line CitySightseeing New York. On Location Tours shows you where your favorite New York movies and television shows were filmed, from classics like King Kong to new essentials like Sex and the City. The RIDE combines guided bus tour with spontaneous performance, as a state-of-the-art bus takes you through town, turning the streets into a stage.

Like A Local Tours

Like a Local's Williamsburg Bites explores local fare, including Mast Brothers Chocolate.

Walking tours of the city give you a hands-on education in city life. Like a Local Tours takes you on food tours of Brooklyn, Chelsea, and Flatiron. Knowledgeable guides will walk you around the Financial District, and the 9/11 Memorial with Lower Manhattan Tours. See the Metropolitan Museum of Art, backstage at The Lion King, and the New York mafia through new eyes with New York Walks’ diverse slate of tours. New York City Photo Safari brings out the aspiring photographer in you with photo walks around a range of neighborhoods.

NYC Must-See Week 2019: Attractions

Whether you’re coming to the city for the first time or taking a small staycation this winter, you won’t want to miss the chance at BOGO tickets to these New York attractions. See the largest urban zoo in the states at the Bronx Zoo. Take an elevator to the sky at the Empire State Building and One World Observatory, two legendary skyscrapers in Manhattan. You can also skip the holiday crowds and pay half the price for ice skating at The Rink at Rockefeller Center.

One World Observatory

Photo: One World Observatory Facebook page, via Instagram user thesocialgirltraveler.

You can also hit a few Times Square attractions during a day of fun! See the strange world of shrunken heads, black holes, and escape-room fun at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. Take selfies with realistic wax figures of your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds, and explore an underwater wonderland at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey.

SPYSCAPE spy school

Photos: Scott Frances for SPYSCAPE

Also on offer, SPYSCAPE plunges you into the world of international espionage with unique exhibits and interactive challenges including code-breaking, passing a polygraph, and dodging lasers.

NYC Must-See Week 2019: Museums

New York City is home to an estimated 140 museums! You can’t see them all for half the price during Must-See Week, but there are 14 museums and two botanic gardens participating in this special event. That’s more than enough to keep you busy!

Frida Kahlo

Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida in New York, 1946? printed 2006. Carbon pigment print, image: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum? Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2010.80. Photo by Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the 9/11 Tribute Museum are must-see destinations full of art and history. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located on a former U.S. aircraft carrier and allows visitors to explore jets, submarines, and a VR exhibit of astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison. Located in Crown Heights, the Brooklyn Museum is the second-largest cultural institution in the city and will be showing an exciting Frida Kahlo exhibit during the last couple of days of Must-See Week (it opens on February 8th).

Smaller museums like the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue, Museum of Chinese in America, the Rubin Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York also explore unseen histories and fascinating frontiers. You can also enjoy two-for-one admission to the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Fraunces Tavern Museum, and the Houdini Museum of New York.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden and New York Botanical Garden invite visitors to savor natural beauty during Must-See Week as well.  

NYC Must-See Week 2019: Performing Arts

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall 

Dance, music, and magic can be yours this Must-See Week. Tour the legendary performance space at Carnegie Hall, or listen to a string quartet at the world-renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Also located at Lincoln Center are the performances of the New York City Ballet, performing nights of Balanchine and Robbins choreography during this event. Participating orchestral group Distinguished Concerts International New York will perform the music of Sir Karl Jenkins at Carnegie Hall during the event. And for a touch of whimsy, see Steve Cohen’s Chamber Magic, an interactive show of mind-blowing illusions in Midtown.

Find a full list of participants and more information at

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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