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BEA – Book Expo America – and ALA – American Library Association – are both fast approaching. If you don’t know, both of these are book conventions so that authors and publishers can showcase upcoming books. BEA caters more to booksellers and the like, though bloggers can attend, and ALA is obviously more library focused, though again, bloggers can attend. I’ve been lucky to attend BEA a few times and I really hope to make it back there again, but this year, I’m going to the summer ALA (there is one in the winter too) because it’s taking place in Chicago and that’s about five or so hours driving for me and my sister. We love Chicago, so we’re excited.Going to BEA or ALA? Find out what ELSE to do in Chicago and NYC! #BEA17 #ALAAC17 Click To Tweet
If you’re attending BEA in NYC (May 31 to June 2) or ALA like me in Chicago (June 22-27) then you might find yourself with some free time in between all that bookish-ness. I’d like to introduce you to the CityPass which allows you to check out a mix of entertainment and attractions in top cities for a discounted rate.
Let’s start with Chicago, as that’s where I’ll be soon enough. CityPass allows you to choose five attractions in the city for a really discounted rate. These include Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, and The Field Museum. Your fourth option is a choice between either the Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 Chicago. Your fifth option is a choice between either Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago. Using the CityPass to visit also gives you VIP and/or Fast Pass entry into most of these places too! It’s well worth it. This would be a great idea if you want to mix ALA with some sightseeing or you have to bring along your family and need them occupied while you mingle with the book crowd.
Now if you happen to be attending BEA or Book Con, which takes place right after BEA, then the CityPass works in NYC as well. Yes, I know BEA is fast approaching, but you can order this online, so there’s still plenty of time!
NYC gives you more options. There is a pass for 6 great New York locations, or you can get a pass to see just 3 things, which might be good if you are visiting for a limited time during the conference. I’ll break down what’s included.
If you want the 3 attraction pass, you get to choose 3 from this list:
The Empire State Building Experience
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
American Museum of Natural History
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises
Now if you want to do all 6, things break down like this –
The Empire State Building Experience (included)
American Museum of Natural History (included)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (included)
Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
9/11 Memorial and Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
When you visit the website, you’re able to click on all these options and learn more so it’s easier to figure out which attractions would be right for you, your family, or group of friends. Now I know you might not be attending BEA or ALA, but if you’re going to Chicago or NYC for a different reason, this would still work for you! And if you’re visiting another top city in the U.S./CAN be sure to see if there are options on CityPass! There’s attractions in Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, and Toronto.