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New York, New York

All-Inclusive Pass: New York Explorer Pass

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4.5/5 (27 Reviews)
  • All-inclusive attraction pass, starting at $79.99
  • 57 of the best New York attractions included
  • Save up to 45% on combined admission prices
  • Explore 3, 5, 7, or 10 attractions
  • The Only NYC Attraction Pass that Includes Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours!

What's included on the New York Explorer Pass?

The New York Explorer Pass includes free admission to over 57 attractions for one low price. It also includes savings at participating restaurants and retailers, including Macy's in Herald Square!

How it works

What is a New York Explorer Pass?

A New York Explorer Pass is an attraction pass that gets you into multiple New York attractions for one low price — choose from 57 popular attractions.

How does a New York Explorer Pass work?
  • Just select how many attractions you want to see — we sell 3, 5, 7, or 10-Attraction passes.
  • Simply present your pass at any of the included attractions for entry.
  • Visiting your first attraction activates your card and you can use it over a 30-day period.
How will I receive my pass?
  • Instantly on your smartphone — the most popular way
  • Via email — just print it and go
  • Via mail
  • Pick it up at one of our in-city pickup locations.
What else does the pass include?

You'll get a guidebook with detailed attraction descriptions, hours of operation, and a map to help plan your itinerary. Plus extra dining, shopping and entertainment discounts to help you save even more along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I activate my pass?

Simply visit your first attraction! After activation, you have 30 days to see the rest of your attractions.

How do I use my pass to access the Statue of Liberty?

There are a few steps:

  1. Present your New York Explorer Pass at one of the CitySights Ticket locations:
    • Times Square: 234 W. 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue (Inside Madame Tussauds)
    • Central Park: 56 W. 56th Street, between 5th and 6th Street (Inside Central Park Sightseeing)
    • Downtown: 17 Park Row and Ann Street (Inside J&R Gray Line Visitor Center)
  2. Your Pass will be validated in exchange for a CitySights Voucher.
  3. Take that Voucher to the CitySights Battery Park Bus Stop #12 located at Battery Place and State Street. A CitySights agent will exchange your CitySights Voucher for a Ferry Ticket. Once you have a received this ticket, you can enter the Statue Cruises Boarding/Security Line.

Please note that although you are skipping the ticket line for the Fery, everyone MUST wait in the security line before boarding. Do not get into this line without your actual Statue of Liberty Ferry Ticket!

The Status of Liberty requires airport-level security, so be prepared for a long wait. Allow at least 2 hours to visit one island and 4 hours to visit both islands.

How do CitySights NY Tours work?

Each NYC Explorer Pass holder may choose one of the following tours:

  • All Around Tour (requires a $14.00 upgrade fee)
  • Brooklyn Tour
  • Downtown Tour (Hop On Hop Off) Bonus Brooklyn
  • Multilingual Upper and Lower Manhattan Tour
  • Uptown Treasures of Harem Tour
  • Night Tour
  • Uptown Treasures Tour Bonus Bronx Tour

Once you decide which tour you would like to take, present your Explorer Pass at one of the CitySights NY Ticket Desks:

  • Central Park: Central Park Sightseeing (56 W. 56th St between 5th & 6th Ave)
  • Times Square: Madame Tussauds (234 W. 42nd St, between 7th & 8th Ave)

You will receive a ticket for the bus tour of your choice and they will provide a map to your departure.

Is my pass valid all day?

Yes, the New York Explorer Pass allows entrance into attractions during all operating hours.

What is your refund policy?

We know sometimes travel plans change, even at the very last minute. That's why, if you don't end up activating and using your pass within a year of the purchase date, we'll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Here's the best part: unlike our competitors, this built-in cancellation insurance comes with every card purchase — free of charge.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to initiate a refund anytime within 1 year of your purchase, please call our Customer Care Team at 800-887-9103. We'll tell you how you can return your non-activated card or pass.

Please note: Activated passes are non-refundable.

How much will I save?

We’ve made it easy to compare the combined gate prices with the price of the New York Explorer Pass, to see how much you could save. Try our Savings Calculator!

Can I visit an attraction more than once?

You may only visit each attraction once per the life of your card.

What is the age cut off for child tickets?

Child passes are for ages 3–12. Most attractions are free for children under 3.

What delivery method should I choose?
  • Instant delivery is the fastest option. You'll be able to access your New York Explorer Pass from your email or on your phone immediately after you purchase.
    With instant delivery you will receive a printable and mobile version of our guidebook.
  • Having your pass shipped in advance will save you time traveling to a pick up location when you get there. Note that transit times vary depending on shipping options. View delivery options.
  • With in-city pickup you can get a physical card and full-color printed guidebook without waiting for shipping. We will email you a voucher which can be redeemed for passes at one of our voucher redemption locations.
I have a voucher, where can I pick up my card?

View a list of locations where you can redeem your voucher.

Where can I buy the pass once I get there?

View a list of sales locations in New York. Note that if we are running a web-only sale, the in-city sales locations will not be able to honor that sale price. In-city purchases are available at full price only.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?

This symbol indicates that an attraction requires reservations.

Some attractions require a credit card to hold a reservation. In these cases, your credit card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your reservation.

If you are interested in taking the Gossip Girl, NY TV and Movie Tour and Sex and the City Tour, you should pick up your tickets as soon as possible after arriving in the city.

What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. New York City Explorer Pass has a partnership with all of the participating attractions to make your visit to New York City as memorable as possible and to help you save time and money.

I still have questions!

Please feel free to call us at 866‑629‑4335 and we’ll be happy to help you!

Note: A New York Explorer Pass is non-transferrable. This means that once you start using it, you are the only person who can use it to get into attractions. New York Explorer Passs may not be re-sold.

You should treat your New York Explorer Pass like cash. If it is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced.

Call us at 866‑629‑4335 and we'll be happy to help you!

Reviews

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 4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 27 customer ratings)
Average Rating for New York Explorer Pass
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Saves money (4)
Best Uses:
Moma (3)
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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

NOT worth the hassle.
By MrsT521 Verified Reviewer from Georgia on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

We just returned from a 5-day trip to New York last week, and our experience with the Explorer Pass was TERRIBLE; we absolutely regret the purchase. The redemption office is extremely difficult to find, and no one seemed to know anything about it (and we asked EVERYONE, including our hotel concierge, tourist information, cab drivers and NYPD); I tried to call the office for directions, but the phone number on my receipt was a fax number. When we finally located the office (7 miles and two hours later), our vouchers were exchanged for a plastic card, which I assumed (based on the EP ads) would serve as our ticket into the attractions we chose. Instead, at each attraction, we first had to wait in one line to redeem our pass for a ticket to the attraction, then stand in line for entry to the attraction. So not only did we not "skip the lines" as advertised, we had to wait in line at least TWICE for each, and the process was different at every location. The worst was the Central Park Zoo, where we waited in line for tickets, presented our passes, and were told we had to redeem the passes for tickets at a location FIVE blocks away. By the time we secured our tickets and got into the zoo, it was 45 minutes before it closing. What's more, we were given conflicting or vague information by every employee of the myriad companies affiliated with Explorer Pass; none of them seemed to have a clue. In the end, we wasted an enormous amount of time we could have spent seeing the city, and saved only about $30, which we would have gladly spent to avoid the hassle. I highly advise against purchasing!

Smart Destinations Response: We at Smart Destinations sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you may have encountered using our Explorer Pass – for our customers convenience we do offer 4 locations to redeem a voucher – NYC & Co (Official New York City Information Center), Discovery Times Square Exposition, Central Park Sightseeing, and Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing – these are listed on our web site, in the guidebooks and in the order confirmation – we encourage our customers to choose the one closest to where they are staying. We also began offering the only digital pass option where you can display directly on your smartphone or within your email where you can print them out – this allows you to go directly to the attraction – but do refer to our guidebook that comes with every purchase – in here we list important information for all attractions such as where to redeem your card for entrance tickets. Unfortunately, this time of year is full of excited travelers causing longer lines and extended wait times, which can vary dramatically. We appreciate your feedback and will reach out to our partners to ensure everyone has been trained properly to prevent this from happening again in the future.
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[10 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

Good Value
By Evan the bagel & lox lover. Verified Reviewer from Portland, ME on
Pros:
Save time, Skip lines, Saves Money
Cons:
Lacks Consistency, Lacks Directions,
Best Uses:
Top Of The Rock, Natural History, Moma
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Pretty much a no-brainer if you are going to see any of these attractions, and becomes a bigger deal with 5+ attractions. Most of the attractions this pass gets you into are at least 30$ after tax, etc. Went to the Top of the Rock which is the best view in the city, better than the Empire State and way less crowded. Has an express line for pass holders, but keep in mind tickets are staggered so you will probably have 45+ minutes to kill after getting tickets. The MoMA is of course awesome. Get tickets at the help desk rather than usual ticketing desk. Spend time working your way down from the top floor or follow along with the free audio tour offered at the entrance. It is also definitely worth visiting the gift shop across the street. You will probably leave with stacking mugs or unbreakable wine glasses. The fine dining restaurant is also excellent with views of the garden if it is a special occasion. The American Museum of Natural History is a must. Take some time to wander around and definitely get tickets to whatever the rotating exhibit is. Frogs is excellent with hundreds of rare live frogs, and the new exhibit on Poison sounds like it will be great. Walk down the street for a burger at Shake Shack before heading to the New York Historical Society. The MET is also a must, but keep in mind that it is a recommended admission price and you can pay what you want if on a budget. The city subsidizes the MET so that every New Yorker and visitor can go despite ability to pay.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

useful
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario Canada on
Pros:
All on one card
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

this is the second time I have bought a smart destination card.. Boston and NYC... both were well worth it... convienent easy to use... nice variety of attractions...

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[14 of 14 customers found this review helpful]

NYC Explorer Attractions
By Thomas from Alberta, Canada on
Pros:
Avoid long line ups, Saves Money, Helps pre-plan NYC
Best Uses:
Wax Museum, Intrepid battle ship,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

we went on 7 attractions with the explorer pass; we found the NBC Studio Tour very dis-organized and nothing to see except empty rooms and a lot of room to room shuffling. Save your money on this one.

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[7 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

Absolutely worth it.
By Topninny Verified Reviewer from Sacramento, CA on
Pros:
Money Saving, Great Customer Service, Easy to use
Cons:
No line cutting,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

We purchased 2 adult and 3 child passes for NYC. Although you do not get to cut in any lines and don't save any time with them, they are absolutely worth it. We saved a lot of money using the pass for our family trip. We even experienced a problem with one attraction that double dipped two of our cards and SmartDestinations handled it promptly and efficiently. I would buy this again and will look for other cities to use the Explorer Pass in also.

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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

A definite need for your NYC adventure!
By Maureen Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Saves Money, Includes major attraction, lots of choices, Carry less cash
Best Uses:
To get acquainted w city, To see multiple sights, Save money on museums,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

After using a Go Card in San Fransisco, I've looked to use them in every city I travel to that has this product. In NYC, I used this pass to do a Hop On/Hop Off tour to get a quick overview of the city and cover a lot of ground. We paid the $14 upgrade for a 2 day pass. Great things about this were 1. It came with a free cruise, which offered great photos of the city and amazing Statue of Liberty shots 2. We were able to use the bus for transportation the rest of the weekend to get to the other sights we wanted to see. Doing that actually canceled out our need to do a separate Statue of Liberty tour. I would have liked to have gone to the Ellis Island museum but lines were really long and we only had two days. Next time.... We also used the pass to visit Madame Toussade's which was really fun! A lot of the studio/movie tours were booked up so I wish I had planned better ahead of time. Overall, I really liked that the pass gave me access to so many choices but also helped me narrow down what I wanted to prioritize. I would definitely use the pass the next time I go to NYC.

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[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

Amazing good stuff!
By Pit Verified Reviewer from Antwerp, Belgium, Europe on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

We used the pass during the week of 21st august. We did 7 attractions, and with most of them the pass was really a advantage. Intrepid, Hudson-Cruise, Top of the Rock, Museum of Natural history, Guggenheim: no waiting at all. For Bike and Roll hiring and the Circle Line Harlem bus tour we had to go to the main office to get tickets with the pass, while the start of the tours was somewhere else, that was a disadvantage! But it was nice to have it anyway.

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[13 of 13 customers found this review helpful]

Highly recommend
By Manhattanbound Verified Reviewer from Phx on
Pros:
Great choices, Saves Money, Saves time
Best Uses:
Museum tickets, Bike and Roll, Hop on-Hop off Tour
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Each member of my family of four bought the ten-attraction, NY Explorer Pass for our nine-day trip to Manhattan. We could easily have used a fifteen event pass, as there were so many choices. There were absolutely no problems. Plan ahead, but keep a flexible schedule. Learn to use the subway system to get from one attraction to the next faster. Try the Hop on-Hop off Tour early in your stay. We hopped off at the Empire State Building, Ground Zero, and Chinatown/Little Italy.

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[18 of 19 customers found this review helpful]

Great Investment for First Time Visitors
By Crystal Verified Reviewer from Charleston, SC on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

My boyfriend and I bought the explorer pass before our 5 day trip to NYC in December. It saved us a great deal of money as the destinations that are available with this pass are ones that we had already planned on visiting. Most activities range from about $25-30 a piece if you were to visit them without using the explorer pass. We bought the 7 destination pass, but only ended up using 5. Even though we missed out on 2 destinations I still feel we got our money's worth or at least broke even. Make sure you are going to be able to hit all of your destinations before purchasing. There was only one destination that I felt was inconvenient and that was the tour of the statue of liberty museum. We first had to go to Madame Tussaud's to pick up our vouchers, then had to take the Subway down to South Ferry, get off the subway and find the man selling City Tour tickets, exchange our vouchers for hard copy tickets and then make our way to where the ferry was departing but first waiting in security for about an hour before we boarded. I definitely recommend visiting the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, it's within the meatpacking district which we didn't enjoy very much, but the museum itself is definitely a must see. Overall, very happy with our purchased of the explorer pass.

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[19 of 19 customers found this review helpful]

Saved > $50 Each Using the Card!
By DMHYF Verified Reviewer from Philippines on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

I bought two 5-Attraction New York Explorer Cards for me and my wife when we visited NYC from Oct 3-6. Spent [$] per card. (By the way, pick up of card in Times Square Area is now at the Ripley's Museum, not at Madame Tussauds.)We used the card for the following attractions:King Tut Exhibition ($29.50)City Sights All Around Tour ($42)Top of the Rock ($20)Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum ($35.50)NY Waterway Twilight Tour ($26)That comes to $153 per person. Therefore we saved more than $50 each using this card!

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Actual Money-Saving Itineraries

Below are the most popular ways New York Explorer Pass holders saved money on their trip. While you don’t have to follow these itineraries, they show just how much you can save!

If you have your own itinerary in mind, try our Savings Calculator!

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Choose 3

 Typical time spentGate Price
Top of the Rock Observation Deck 2 hours $27.00
Circle Line 2-Hour Semi Circle Cruise 2 hours $35.00
CitySights Uptown Treasures Hop-On Hop-Off Tour 2.5 hour loop, valid all day $49.00
Total gate price$111.00
3-Attraction Pass$79.99
You save$31.01
28% off the adult gate price!

Choose 5

 Typical time spentGate Price
Hop-on Hop-off Downtown Bus Tour 2.5 hour loop, valid all day $49.00
Ripley's Believe it or Not 2 hours $32.61
Circle Line Semi Circle Cruise 2 hours $35.00
NYC TV & Movie Sites 3.5 hours $43.00
Top of the Rock Observation Desk 2 hours $27.00
Total gate price$187.61
5-Attraction Pass$119.99
You save$67.62
36% off the adult gate price!

Choose 7

 Typical time spentGate Price
Hop-on Hop-off Downtown Bus Tour 2.5 hour loop, valid all day $49.00
Empire State Building 2 hours $25.00
Bike and Roll Central Park Tour 2 hours $45.00
Circle Line Semi Circle Cruise 2 hours $35.00
9/11 Memorial + Hop-on Hop-off Water Taxi 2.5 hours $28.00
NYC TV & Movie Sites 3.5 hours $43.00
Museum of Modern Art 3 hours $25.00
Total gate price$250.00
7-Attraction Pass$149.99
You save$100.01
40% off the adult gate price!

“We got to see the best of New York City… HIGHLY recommended!”

— Nancy W., Atlanta, GA

Get the most out of your trip, buy a New York Explorer Pass today!