Take a bite out of high costs in the Big Apple

Everyone loves New York City, with the possible exception of some of the people who live there. Of course, the fact that there is just so much to do in NYC can also be part of the reason it can be a very expensive place to visit. Tickets to a Broadway show can cost $200, and even museums charge around $10 a visit.

A new program called “Culturepass” aims to change all that. Culturepass is a membership program that allows free, unlimited admission to several museums and provides discounts to both Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Passholders also get discounts at popular attractions such as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and Radio City Music Hall.

The passes are available in three versions, tailored to how long you plan to stay in New York. The Three Day Culturepass sells for $25 (individual) $45 (two adults) and $65 (family. 2 adults, 2 kids). A five day version goes for $40, $65 and $85 respectively, while an annual version (for frequent flyers, to be sure) sells for $59.95, $79.95 and $99.95 in the three versions. All prices are U.S. dollars.

You can buy your pass in advance, and simply register the date when you arrive in New York. Passholders get auarterly newsletter and a password for a members-only Web site, where discounted shows and special events are listed. Culturepass is available by calling toll-free 1 (877) 278-7277.