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NYC Top of the Rock
New York, New York
4.2/5 (65 Reviews)
  • Attraction choice pass, starting at $72.00
  • 50 of the best New York attractions included
  • Explore 3, 5, 7, or 10 attractions of your choice
  • Enjoy additional exclusive deals and savings as well as a printable or mobile guidebook.
  • Yes! Our Pass includes Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours as one of your attraction choices.
Real customers,
real savings.
Explore the New York you came to see.
Choose CitySights Bus Tours with your New York Explorer Pass, and take your pick from one of five tours that highlight different parts of the Big Apple. Or, upgrade to the All Around Town Tour, giving you access to all five tours and more! Go ahead. Make New York yours! Link the Learn more button to the attraction page.

What's included on the New York Explorer Pass?

The New York Explorer Pass is an attraction pass that gets you into multiple New York attractions for one low price — choose from 3, 5, 7, or 10-Attraction passes.

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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 50 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 visit the Statue of Liberty?
  1. Present your pass at the NYC & CO desk inside Hornblower Cruises to redeem your Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry ticket.
  2. Once you have your ticket, you can take the free downtown connection shuttle or a 15 min walk to Battery Park where you will enter the security line.

Note: although you are skipping the ticket line for the Ferry, everyone must wait in the security line before boarding.

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

Your pass provides you access to the island only. Pedestal & crown access requires reservations and space is limited, and is not included with your pass.

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

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4.2 out of 5 stars (based on 65 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:
Flexible schedule (8), Money saver (7), Must-see attractions included (5), Flexible (4), Saves money (4), User-friendly system (4), Easy to use (3), Personalized itinerary (3), Savings (3), Skip the lines benefit (3)
Best Uses:
General sightseeing (8), Short stays (4), Active travelers (3), Budget travelers (3), Great for families (3), Moma (3), Top of the rock (3),
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the new york explorer pass
By Inbal from Israel on
Pros:
Money Saver, Flexible Schedule
Cons:
Overrated Attractions Included,
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing ,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

I was in New York for a month so I took the 10 attractions card, I used it all and even discovered new thing that I wouldn't hear about without the card. But it was inconvenient that I couldn't check how many attractions did I use the card for and how many remain. Also it was extremely hard to get the tickets to the statue of liberty, because of the many steps and because the person on the second step was no were to be found, I had to walk the street for about 10 time over and over again until I found were to exchange the voucher for a ferry ticket.

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Best Pass I could find!
By Cecilia from Sweden on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, User-friendly system, Helpful guide booklet, Money Saver, Must-see attractions included
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing , Great for families,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Good to not have to decide exactly what to see beforehand. Good that it was valid our whole week.

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sehr empfehlenswert
By Kerstin u. Dirk from Bochum on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, Must-see attractions included, User-friendly system, Money Saver
Cons:
Overrated Attractions Included, Skip the lines not available,
Best Uses:
Budget Travelers, Culture enthusiasts, General Sightseeing , Active travelers Short Stays
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

very easy to use, flexible, can print the pass at home

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easy, budget saver, fun using
By Marleen the midwife from Sint-Pauwels Belgium on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, Money Saver, Skip the lines Benefit, Must-see attractions included, User-friendly system
Best Uses:
Great for families, General Sightseeing , Short Stays,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

We used our Phone and that's a very easy way to travel. Very nice experience.

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Worth the purchase, no regret
By Grace from Hong Kong on
Pros:
Flexible Schedule, Personalized Itinerary, Skip the lines Benefit, Money Saver
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing ,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Cover most of the attractions I planned to go, just show them the pass and get entry, definitely a money and time saver!

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split journey so best buy
By The J and M. from UK on
Pros:
Personalized Itinerary, Money Saver, User-friendly system, Skip the lines Benefit, Flexible Schedule, Must-see attractions included, 30 Days To Use It, Helpful guide booklet
Best Uses:
Short Stays, Active travelers, Choose How Many U Want, General Sightseeing , Great for families, Budget Travelers, Culture enthusiasts,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Easy to buy on line (we live in UK), use, good choice and we were able to use either side of cruise we booked from NYC. There was 12 days in between visits so the cost was much better than buying separate passes for each visit. Well done.

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Great way to see the sights
By Beth from Gilbert, Az on
Pros:
Money Saver, Flexible Schedule
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing , Budget Travelers
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Having it on your phone made things so easy.

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Cost effective and flexible
By SixintheCity from Newcastle, Australia on
Pros:
Personalized Itinerary, Readily Accepted, Gave You Flexibility, Must-see attractions included, Flexible Schedule
Cons:
Diff Tkt Pick Up Points,
Best Uses:
Short Stays, General Sightseeing , Active travelers,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

We were a group of 6 mature women who travel regularly. The pass offered flexibility and encouraged an organised schedule. There were times when we had to collect tickets at a random address eg. ferry tickets and some tours. All tickets should have been available from the central Tourist Office address or the pass should have been enough for entry. Otherwise value for money.

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Packed Itinerary
By One of the six from Newcastle, Australia on
Pros:
Good Value, Enabled Us To Plan Ahead
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Great to plan ahead and book attractions that may not have previously thought of. Tickets for attractions, however, could not be picked up at attraction and had to be collected at other outlets which was very time consuming

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Could be better
By Gursh from Birmingham, England on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

Didnt like the fact you had to collect tickets for the bus tour. You should be able to stipulate you want the tickets and get them printed from the website in advance someway. Also the bus tour company used were not very frequent as the others.

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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!

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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$72.00
You save$39.0
35% 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$109.00
You save$78.61
42% 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$144.99
You save$105.01
42% off the adult gate price!
4.2/5 (65 Reviews)

The New York City Explorer

More savings, more choices, more fun!

The New York City Explorer is a multi-attraction pass that lets you choose just what you want to do for one low price. Save up to 45% on combined admission to New York's top museums, tours, and attractions.

Choose the New York City Explorer that's perfect for you!

New York City Explorer Choice PassSave up to 45%

  • Includes admission to 50 New York attractions
  • Total flexibility — choose attractions as you go!
  • 3, 5, 7, or 10-Attraction cards available
  • Plus free guidebook and extra savings on shopping & dining!

Admission to your choice of 50 New York attractions for one low price:

  • Top of the Rock
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty Ferry
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Ripleys Believe it or Not!
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
  • Met Museum of Art
  • Intrepid Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • NY Water Taxi
  • 9/11 Tribute Center & Tour
  • Night Sightseeing Tour
  • Sightseeing Cruise
  • Rockefeller Center Tour
  • and more!
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Starting from $73/adult, $55/child

New York City Explorer Top Attractions Pass Save 38%

Save $96 per couple on 4 top attractions:

  • Empire State Building
  • Downtown Manhattan Tour
  • Lady Liberty Cruise
  • 9/11 Tribute Center & Tour
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$79.99/adult, $49.99/child
Combined gate prices: $128/adult, $88/child

New York City Explorer Family Fun PassSave 30%

A family of four saves $115 on 5 kid-friendly attractions:

  • Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock
  • Statue of Liberty Ferry
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Met Museum of Art
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$91/adult, $51/child
Full retail price: $130/adult, $69.5/child

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