CityPass: Save up to 50% on Popular Attractions in 13 Cities

CityPass is a service I personally recommend to peeps when they stay at my Airbnbs and ask for fun stuff to do around Dallas.

Within Dallas, a $49 adult CityPass includes 4 attractions. Two of them are set. And you get to pick the other two. In this way, you build a little package for yourself. It’s fun, and saves you money when you travel. The Dallas package (for example) saves 40% on the 4 places you visit.

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I loved spending time at the Dallas Botanical Garden as part of my CityPass ticket

The CityPass tickets filled up a weekend with places I’d been meaning to visit for a while.

CityPass has deals for 12 US cities and Toronto. If you visit a place on the list and want some fun touristy things to do, check what’s included for that city. They also have discounted tickets for kids and some cities have theme parks, aquariums, and much more to choose from!

CityPass savings

CityPass has packages in 13 cities:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Southern California
  • Tampa Bay
  • Toronto
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Visiting one of these cities (or Toronto)? See what’s offered with a CityPass

The specifics and savings vary depending which destination you want. Some packages are completely set, some are mix ‘n’ match, and some let you pick from a list of attractions.

Savings are all in the double digits and run all the way to ~50% off, in the case of Chicago (51%), Philly, (up to 48%), and Seattle (47%).

I did the Dallas package (40% savings) with a friend and loved it!

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Here’s what comes with the Dallas CityPass

I chose the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas Arboretum from the last 2 on the list in the image above.

Having 4 fun things to do over a weekend was perfect. We spent a couple of hours and each spot, which kept us on the move and seeing new parts of the city.

At each attraction, there’s either dedicated CityPass check-in, or you can use expedited entry.

I bought my CityPass online. When I got to the first place I wanted to visit, they scanned the QR code on my phone and gave me a booklet. You have 9 days to use all your tickets – which should be plenty of time. I used all mine over 3 days.

My CityPass experience

I moved to Dallas a couple of years ago. And intended to visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for a while. I’d also heard about the beautiful downtown views from Reunion Tower.

So when a friend came to visit for a birthday weekend, I suggested we get the CityPass to have some fun things to do. It ended up being a fun time. And I got to play tourist in my adopted town.

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Learning about Pangea at the Perot nature and science museum

I liked the variance of the places – from museums to outdoors and nature to beautiful views and interesting exhibits.

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Up close with the giraffes at the zoo

Because a couple of places were outside, we made sure the weather would be nice before we bought the CityPass. It would’ve been possible to do everything inside, but we really wanted to visit the zoo. We got lucky and had amazing weather that entire weekend.

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Gorgeous views of downtown at sunset from Reunion Tower

At $49 for 4 attractions, that comes to ~$12 each, which is a fantastic deal. We got general admission and a 3D film about exploring Mars as part of the deal at the Perot museum.

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This one visit would’ve set us back $26 each

Admission to the botanical garden is $15, so the savings weren’t as substantial. But with everything in the package considered, we ended up saving about half off the entry fees.

I found the ticketing and getting the booklet to be super simple. If you have a few people in your group (or kids), it’s easy to check in together and present all your tickets at once – that definitely saves time over having to pay individually.

Check your city of interest

Again, each package is different. The best way is to click around and see what’s included with each one.

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The Chicago CityPass includes SO much good stuff

Plus, there are discounts for kids. So if you want to explore museums, rides, or parks in a city of the list, you can save there, too.

Here are 2 more that stuck out to me as being really kid-friendly:

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SoCal includes Disneyland 3-day Park Hopper and Legoland

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Tampa Bay has Busch Gardens, two aquariums, and the zoo

I’d never seen the attractions included in the Dallas package bundled and discounted in that way before. So for me, it definitely saved money and gave me plenty to do and see. I highly recommend checking into each city’s offerings.

Bottom line

Sometimes it’s fun to do the touristy stuff and get them out of the way. In my case, I used CityPass as a way to know my hometown better.

CityPass has package deals in 12 US cities and Toronto (full list above). If you’re heading to a place on the list, definitely see what’s available because some of the packages represent savings of ~50% off what you’d normally pay.

I found the service straightforward to use. And beyond that, ended up getting an annual membership to the Dallas Arboretum because I loved it so much.

I recommend CityPass all the time to peeps visiting Dallas. If you’re planning to visit popular attractions, this could be a way to see more when you travel and save time and money doing it.

Have you used CityPass? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?


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