Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the New York City Explorer Pass. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Very useful to have the queue and to see special attractions and tours. But it is very unpleasant to have to go to Madame Tussaud in times square to get the ticket for the tour which start at battery park
Good Choice and helpful advice given @ pickup point as to which attractions to choose
Explorer Pass worked well for us because it gave us the flexibility we wanted as we used it over a 4-day period. We used the last activity, Top of the Rock, just 1 hour before we were due to leave. Best trip was the Boat trip to Liberty and Ellis Islands - getting almost sunburnt in November! Simon the Guide on the Hop-on-Hop-off was great! Just make sure that you cash-in your voucher and get actual tickets for some of the activities, eg bus and boat tours. I didn't notice any advantage in being able to jump the queues, we still had to queue, but in November this was not too bad. Would I buy a pass again - YES, it helps to plan a little when in NY for only a few days as there is so much to do and see.
Not bad but we didn't use all our visits so probably didn't really save anything. Disappointed that museum wanted to virtually double charge us for one their additional areas. I think they were just trying it on as others in our group were only charged an upgrade.
Lots of information from guides on bus tour but difficult to understand foreign guide, Empire State good and meal in Heartland Brewery enjoyable
It was worth the money we paid for. However, some attraction operators wasn't particularly friendly (i.e. Statue of Liberty ferry).
Found this pass really helpful plenty of attractions to choose from and I saved a bundle using this pass
If you're looking to save money, this is a great option. Some attractions require you to go to their office to book your tour because they have to scan your Explorer Pass, so be prepared to spend some time doing that...you can't book online. One of the tours required 2 days advance booking which didn't work out for us. All in all, a good deal and I would recommend it.
Very useful and loads of choices in the free guide. We stayed for 2 weeks and easily used our pre booked 5 attractions pass.
Overall the explorer pass was great, the pass was easy to get and there were plenty of options to choose from. The night schooner sail was amazing, really a MUST do. The staff was all great and very friendly and the complimentary beverage was definitely much appreciated. Unfortunately I would not recommend the uptown city sights hop on hop off tour. The staff was very uninformed for most of the tour reading off the names of the stores in the area. They didn't seem to know any actual facts about the area. We also had to wait a long time in line for the bus to have the first one too full to get on, the second one the driver got off without a word and started smoking not telling us he was on a break as we continued to wait. Finally the third one, the one we actually got on we got yelled at by the bus driver for not being in line and even threatened not to let one passenger get on. What made it worse was that were not in line because every time a bus came they parked it in a different place meaning the whole group walked up and down the block chasing after the buses. I would definitely avoid "city line buses" in the future. Having said that the schooner sail really did make up for it.
Useful to have,however pass did not allow us to bypass lengthy queues at some venues, only the ticket collection queue.
We got a 7 trip card. You need to do some research on where to use the card - example for tours you have to present the card at one location and do the tour at a second location. I found the tours the best value. NY at night, Movie Sights Tour. Madame's was better than I thought. Empire State - you just present card at counter. The Explorer Pass certainly helps you budget as you don't have to find the money when you are there. Only tip I have is to pick it up at NBC studio BEFORE you purchase any souvenirs (as there is a discount in the booklet for NBC Studio).
Easy ti renew the pass at all of the locations that we chose, Only issue was at NBC and Madison square garden where you had to book in for the tours and had to wait a day or so. No benefits in terms of waiting for the Statue or Liberty, Cruise and Empire State Building. Difficulty is using the pass in the time frame. Only plan on using two of the attractions per day due to waiting times which can be up to an hour or more. Definitely saved some money using the pass.
This was great. There were a few hidden fees when we got to the venues. I really enjoyed selecting what we wanted to see.
Definitely an easy way to plan your sightseeing, and in a such a big place like NYC, it was great. Always get up early though to avoid the crowds!