New York City Explorer Pass Review – An Excellent Way to Explore New York

On our recent trip to New York City, we knew we wanted to go to a bunch of attractions; we just weren’t sure which ones – or which day. So how can you go to the really cool spots – and save money, too?  We got a New York City Explorer Pass.

You don’t have to pick your attractions up front. Just plan your day as you go along. Choose three, five, seven or ten popular sights - from over fifty-five attractions, museums and tours, and take thirty days to use it. Plus, you can skip lengthy ticket lines at the top sights by simply flashing your pass.

The Explorer Pass offers access to all kinds of fabulous places, including

New York City’s Top Ten Attractions:

* Empire State Building Observatory

* Museum of Modern Art

* American Museum of Natural History

* Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights

* Ground Zero Museum Workshop

* Statue of Liberty and Ellis IslandFerry Ticket

* Madame Tussauds General Admission

* Top of the Rock

* Radio City Music Hall

* Rockefeller Center

Since it was a beautiful fall day, we chose to take one of the Hop on Hop off Double Decker Bus Sightseeing Tours.

If you’re not strictly a landlubber, you can travel via a New York Water Taxi or enjoy a 90-minute daytime or twilight NY Waterway Cruise. Water lovers can also opt for a romantic sail on a Shearwater Schooner or Clipper City Tall Ship, or a show, music and laughs on the SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride.

With your Explorer Pass, you receive additional discounts at retailers and restaurants. It’s perfect for history buffs, art lovers, science fans and sightseers. Or give it as the most wonderful gift to every child you know!

The Explorer Pass in New York is $69.99 for adults for 3 attractions and $47.99 for children. For more attractions, the price goes up accordingly.

These are the places we visited by taking the Uptown Double Decker Bus Tour using the Hop on Hop off features in one day:

Uptown Treasures & Harlem Tour

The many stops along the way highlight the culture, art, greenery, and neighborhoods that have been home to famous personalities over the decades. Stops include Central Park, Lincoln Center,Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle, The Dakota, Harlem Market, Schomberg Center for History in Black Culture, Museum Mile, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Museum of the City of New York, and many more.  The tour lasts approximately 2 ½ hours if you choose not to hop-on or hop-off at any stops along the way.
234 W. 42nd Street
Ticket and Departure Location: The CitySights NY Visitor Center inside Madame Tussauds
New York, NY10036

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Art

The Met has over two million works of art, spanning 5,000 years of culture and the best of human creativity from across the world. Whether you’re interested in seeing the splendors of ancient Egyptor treasures from the Greek and Roman World, or if you love Impressionist paintings, this is simply “the” museum to visit! It is New York City’s most-visited attraction – and the collections and 30 special exhibitions a year are free with the New York City Explorer Pass.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Like dinosaurs? Frogs? Butterflies?  Awed by Space Exploration? Fossils? Prehistoric Man?  This museum has it all – and one day isn’t nearly enough to see the many educational and awesome exhibits in this beautiful and grand building. In Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, visitors find out about robotic missions to explore our universe and what it will take to build a lunar elevator, deflect deadly asteroids, travel to Mars, and more.  Children and adults alike are fascinated by the huge dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and animals from the past, as well as background and information on animals currently roaming the earth. Live animals, performances, stars, and stories in the Hayden Planetarium are just a few of the experiences your family can enjoy in this new monthly series that runs from October to June.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY, 10024-5192

Guggenheim Museum


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, features important artists from the 19th Century through the present. Its permanent collection includes world-renowned artists such as Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, and Van Gogh.  Free audio tours are available in five languages.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th)
New York, NY 10128-0173 

State Building Observatory

The Empire State Building was built in the 1930’s during a competitive building spree to construct the tallest office building. Just think of taking the high-speed elevator to your workplace everyday. What a thrill! The Explorer Pass gives visitors the opportunity to visit the observatory for 360° views of the New York – New Jersey metropolitan area. Soaring over 1,200 feet into the New York Skyline, this architectural art-deco icon should not be missed on any visit to the City.

Empire State Building Observatory
350 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10118
(212) 736-3100      
[email protected]

234 W. 42nd Street
Ticket and Departure Location: The CitySights NY Visitor Center inside Madame Tussauds

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