Where's Waldo? Find him with the Waldo NYC Explorer Pass!

  • Save up to 45% on New York attractions.
  • Flexible Pick 3, 5, 7, or 10 attractions from 57 choices.
  • Save Time Skip the ticket line at many top attractions.
  • Freedom Go at your own pace, valid for 30 days.
  • Insider Info Free guidebook in 5 languages.

How it works

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 Waldo NYC 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:

  • Hop On Hop Off Downtown Tour
  • Uptown Treasures of Harem Tour
  • Twilight Bus Tour
  • Brooklyn Tour
  • All Around Tour (requires a $14.00 upgrade fee)
  • Multilingual Upper and Lower Manhattan Tour
  • Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet Tour

Once you decide which tour you would like to take, present your Explorer Pass at the CitySights NY Ticket Desk inside Madame Tussauds in Times Square (map). You will receive a ticket for the bus tour of your choice.

Is my pass valid all day?

Yes, the Waldo NYC Explorer Pass allows entrance into attractions during all operating hours.

What is your refund policy?
Free Cancellation Insurance

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 free with every pass we sell.

If you have any questions, please call our Customer Care Team at 800-887-9103. We'll tell you how you can return your non-activated pass for a refund.

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 Waldo NYC 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.

Should I have my pass shipped or should I pick it up?
  • Instant delivery is the fastest option. You'll be able to access your Waldo NYC 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 Waldo NYC 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. Waldo NYC Explorer Passs may not be re-sold.

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

Reviews

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4.2 out of 5 stars (based on 31 customer ratings)
Average Rating for the Waldo NYC 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 4 customers found this review helpful]

5
Good Value
By Evan the bagel & lox lover. Verified Reviewer from Portland, ME on
Pros:
Save time, Saves Money, Skip lines
Cons:
Lacks Directions, Lacks Consistency,
Best Uses:
Natural History, Top Of The Rock, 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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[34 of 36 customers found this review helpful]

3
inaccurate information
By Tessa Verified Reviewer from Toronto, ON on
Pros:
Fixed Cost, Discount On Attractions
Cons:
Few Pick-up Locations, Inaccurate information
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass:

We ordered these passes before instant delivery was available. There are only 3 in-city pick-up locations, and none of them are open in the evening, which meant a special trip just to get the passes on our first full day in NYC. It was a nuisance and wasted a lot of time. I liked the passes because our costs were fixed and I knew before we left home how much to budget for sightseeing. There's a good variety of sight-seeing options and you may save money (depending on the options you choose). The biggest problem with the passes was that so much of the information is inaccurate. For instance, we wanted to see the United Nations, but they only sell tickets on-line now and we couldn't use the passes. We also choose the Central Park Zoo / 2 hour bike rental option. The booklet said that the zoo passes are valid for a year, but when we got there in late afternoon, the shop said they only had daily passes and none left for that day. They offered us passes for the next day, but we would have had to come back again between 10:00 and 10:30 in the morning. We hadn't budgeted enough time for that so simply didn't use that part of the pass. To get the Statue of Liberty ferry tickets, we had to pick up vouchers in Time Square (no where near the Statue of Liberty), then, at Battery Park, find to correct tour operator and trade the vouchers in for tickets. All this takes time we could have spent sightseeing instead. I was very disappointed when we got to Liberty Island to find that we couldn't access to crown itself. The tickets to the crown have to be ordered online, ahead of time, and I really think this should be made plain in the guide or mentioned when the vouchers are issued. My final complaint was that the printable PDF guidebook is in three languages. I ended up with an enormous stack of paper that was too big to carry around and use for planning. Why can they not give the option of printing in your preferred language so that the guide book is a little more manageable? This pass might save you money, but not necessarily. The best thing to do is to select what you want to see, then check the websites of each individual attraction and add up the cost (remember that at many attractions there are discount coupons available on the street). If the savings are only modest, I don't think the pass is worth it. It's probably best to pay a little more and spend more time on sightseeing.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

4
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]

4
NYC Explorer Attractions
By Thomas from Alberta, Canada on
Pros:
Helps pre-plan NYC, Saves Money, Avoid long line ups
Best Uses:
Intrepid battle ship, Wax Museum,
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]

5
Absolutely worth it.
By Topninny Verified Reviewer from Sacramento, CA on
Pros:
Easy to use, Great Customer Service, Money Saving
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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[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

5
A definite need for your NYC adventure!
By Maureen Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Saves Money, Includes major attraction, Carry less cash, lots of choices
Best Uses:
To get acquainted w city, Save money on museums, To see multiple sights,
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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[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

4
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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[9 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

5
Highly recommend
By Manhattanbound Verified Reviewer from Phx on
Pros:
Saves Money, Great choices, 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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[16 of 17 customers found this review helpful]

4
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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[16 of 16 customers found this review helpful]

5
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 Waldo NYC 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$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$121.49
You save$66.12
35% 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$153.99
You save$96.01
38% off the adult gate price!

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

— Nancy W., Atlanta, GA

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7 attraction $174.99 $153.99 $119.99 $105.59
10 attraction $214.99 $182.74 $144.99 $123.24
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