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New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

1. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

Use The New York Pass on your phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 100 New York tourist attractions. It’s a bit like an “all you can eat” buffet; once you’ve bought your New York Pass, you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass, and the more sights you see, the more money you save. The New York Pass records when and where you first use it, as well as how long it will remain valid. This means your pass is activated the moment that you first use it at any attraction or service. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of days that you've purchased.  The full list of attractions: POPULAR EXPERIENCES• Empire State Building• Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour• Top of the Rock Observation Deck• 9/11 Memorial & Museum• Edge (Hudson Yards)• One World Observatory• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Circle Line: Best of New York Cruise• Madame Tussauds New York• Central Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Guggenheim Museum MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Metropolitan Museum of Art• MoMA - Museum of Modern Art• Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum• Museum of Sex• Museum of Ice Cream• Whitney Museum of American Art• Fotografiska New York• 9/11 Tribute Center & Audio Tour• Museum of the City of New York• New York Historical Society• Museum of Arts and Design• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Skyscraper Museum• New York Transit Museum• Fraunces Tavern Museum• New York Hall of Science• Brooklyn Museum of Art• Museum at Eldridge Street• The Met: Cloisters• International Center of Photography• MOMA PS 1• Museum of American Finance• Staten Island Museum• Paley Center for Media• Museum of Chinese in America• Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum FAMILY-FRIENDLY• Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• The RIDE• Marvel & DC Superheroes Walking Tour by Top Dog Tours NYC• Yankee Stadium Tour• LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Westchester• Staten Island Zoo• South Street Seaport Museum• Staten Island Children’s Museum• Escape Virtuality• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Bike Rental (Pier 84) by Blazing Saddles• Harlem Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Hudson River Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Governor's Island Surrey Rental by Blazing Saddles• HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Casino Resort• NYC Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours (seasonal) HIDDEN GEMS• New York Botanical Garden• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Jazz Series – Tuesday and Friday• New Museum• El Museo del Barrio• Manhattan by Sail: Shearwater Classic Schooner• Cathedral of St. John the Divine• Snug Harbor Botanical Garden- Staten Island• Brooklyn Botanical Garden• Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour• New York Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• Masters of The Camera: NYC Rooftop Photoshoot TOURS & CRUISES• Madison Square Garden All Access Tour• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Carnegie Hall Tours• Circle Line: Harbor Lights Cruise• Circle Line: Landmark Cruise• The DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE• The TOUR• SoHo - Little Italy - Chinatown Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Manhattan by Sail: Clipper City Tall Ships Cruise• Inside Broadway Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• High Line Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour (Pier 17) by Blazing Saddles• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Secrets of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Graffiti Street Art Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Central Park Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Central Park Walking Tour by On Location Tours• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour by On Location Tours• Pride Walking Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Wednesday Service) by Harlem One Stop• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service) by Inside Out Tours• Harlem Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Cultural Walking Tours of Harlem by Harlem One Stop• Greenwich Village Walking Tour by NY Tours 1 FOOD & DRINK• Food on Foot Tour• Queens - Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion• Spirits on Foot - Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Taste of NY: Chinatown Pork Bun (by Museum of Chinese in America)• Taste of NY: Bagel & Cream Cheese from Davidovich Bakery• Taste of NY: Beer at Brooklyn Brewery Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guidebook or The New York Pass website for an up to date list of included experiences.

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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

2. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • The MET Museum• 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• The Met Cloisters• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Ice Cream• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York EXPERIENCES• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• Edge• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality TOURS• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (choice of 1 tour)• Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour FOOD AND DRINK• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion CRUISES• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

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New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

3. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets The classic 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket starts in Midtown Manhattan and includes two loops, Downtown and Uptown. The Downtown loop is the best way to explore Lower Manhattan. See popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Hop off and enjoy a walk through Chinatown and Little Italy. Wander around Wall St. to see the infamous Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown then shop till you drop at all the high-end or boutique stores SoHo is famous for. The Uptown Loop starts from Times Square North and takes you on a journey through the Upper East Side, along Central Park, and down Museum Mile. Discover the famous landmarks of Uptown Manhattan such as MoMA, The Met, Central Park, and Colombus Circle.

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From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

4. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

After pickup from Manhattan, the tour bus will take you through the Battery Tunnel directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district, an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to put up spectacular Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished strolling around the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to head to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, you will return to Manhattan where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask your guide for local tips and recommendations on what else to see and do during your visit to New York City.

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New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

5. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 40 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square North - Corner of 57th St & 7th Ave Stop 2 - Times Square South - 7th Ave Stop 3 - Macys Stop 4 - Empire State Building 1 - 34th St between 5th & 6th Ave Stop 5 - Empire State Building 2 - 32nd St & 5th Ave Stop 6 - Flatiron District - 22nd St & 5th Ave Stop 7 - Union Square Stop 8 - Greenwich Village Stop 9 - SoHo - Corner of Spring St. & Broadway Stop 10 - Chinatown/Little Italy Stop 11 - City Hall / World Trade / Brooklyn Bridge / 9/11 Tribute Museum - Broadway between Rector St. & Exchange Place Stop 12 - Battery Park / Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty Ferry - State St & Bridge St Stop 13 - South Street Seaport Stop 14 - Lower East Side Stop 15 - East Village Stop 16 - United Nations Stop 17 - Waldorf Astoria Hotel Stop 18 - Rockefeller Center / Radio City Stop 19 - Winter Garden Theatre Stop 20 - Central Park Stop 21 - Park Central Hotel Uptown Loop Stop 19: Winter Garden Theater Stop 20: Hell's Kitchen - 42nd St & 8th Ave Stop 21: Restaurant Row Stop 22: Theatre District South - 50th St & 8th Ave Stop 23: Theatre District North - 55th St & 8th Ave Stop 24: Columbus Circle Stop 25: Lincoln Center Stop 26: The Dakota / Strawberry Fields Stop 27: American Museum of Natural History Stop 28: Quality Inn/Hotel Newton  Stop 29: Upper West Side - 104th St & Central Park W Stop 30: Cathedral of St John the Divine Stop 31: Grant's Tomb Stop 32: Apollo Theater Stop 33: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Stop 34: Museum of the City of New York Stop 35: Smithsonian Museum of Design/Jewish Museum  Stop 36: Guggenheim Museum  Stop 37: Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 38: Frick Collection Stop 39: Central Park Zoo  Stop 40: Central Park - South between 5th & 6th Ave. Stop 41: Park Central Hotel

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New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with 9/11 Museum Ticket

6. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with 9/11 Museum Ticket

Hop on to an open-top sightseeing bus and discover the highlights of Downtown and Uptown Manhattan. Get an overview of the city's iconic sites. Then hop off at the Brooklyn Bridge stop and walk over to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Discover the history of the 9/11 attacks and the site the Twin Towers once stood at the 9/11 Museum. Connect with the past and remember the story of this catastrophic event that forever changed American history. The 9/11 Memorial Museum is the global focal point for preserving the history of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of the attacks, and exploring 9/11's continuing significance. Highlights on the hop-on-hop-off bus tour include: • Times Square • Empire State Building • Soho • Chinatown • Brooklyn Bridge • Statue of Liberty • Circle Line • 5th Avenue • Central Park

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From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

7. From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

If you are looking for something to do in New York City during this holiday season make sure you put this on your list. It is cheery, it is bright, it is Christmas, it is New York City, and it is everything Christmas about Christmas. This Brooklyn neighborhood is out of this world during Christmas time. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is the cutest and most spectacular area of houses decorated for the holiday season. It is blocks and blocks of Christmas lights and fantastic decorations. The neighborhood goes all out with beautiful nativity displays, nutcrackers, inflatable santas, garland, lights and more. The place glows with bright lights, buzzes sound, and bumps with holiday music on full blast. It is fun to see how some houses mix it up every year. It is a recommended experience and a perfect night out for families, groups of friends and even a date night. This is a great place to go if you enjoy taking pictures, as there are a lot of photo opportunities. Start by leaving midtown Manhattan from two pickup locations, and head out to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dyker Heights where you will hop off the vehicle and walk around. You will fully experience the most magical neighborhood in New York City and Christmas tradition. This place is truly an escape to encounter a must see this holiday season. The biggest display of Christmas lights of New York City in full splendor. This tour will make you feel worlds apart from the concrete jungle like you are in a world of magic, a true wonderland. After getting into the holiday spirit you will then continue to another spectacular section of Brooklyn DUMBO where you will take a stroll under the Brooklyn Bridge and photograph the skyline of Manhattan. Finally finish your night by returning to two drop-off locations in Manhattan, the Empire State Building or Manhattan at Times Square Hotel.

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Baltimore to New York City by Rail

8. Baltimore to New York City by Rail

Enjoy a day in New York by taking the railroad... leave the tolls, gas and traffic problems at home while you relax aboard an Amtrak Regional train.   Take a nap, read a book or watch a movie on the comfortable Amtrak seats or stop in at the Café Car as you speed into Pennsylvania Station, New York.  With a mid morning arrival, its just a few blocks to pick up your included tickets for a memorable double-decker hop-on-hop-off tour of New York and Brooklyn. Pick from a variety of loop tours. Stay on the bus or hop off at the stop of your choice.  There is something to do at nearly every stop. Museums, observatories, theaters, zoos, boat rides all are everlasting fun  even if you've experienced them before. Children and adults will enjoy the famed WWII aircraft carrier, INTREPID, and its new space shuttle exhibits or experience the new One World Trade Center Observatory with a stop at the 9/11 Memorial Pool. A short walk from there is the American Indian Museum and Fraunces Tavern - which served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. Stop in front of the Stock Exchange and across the street at the historic Federal Hall built as a Customs House in 1842 but was the earlier site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States. With all this touring you'll be ready for a delicious meal at Senor Frog's. From Times Square it's just a few blocks to the original MACY's flagship store and maybe some souvenirs. With tired feet (but a huge smile) walk just 3 blocks to Pennsylvania Station for the return trip to Baltimore MD.

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Hop on and off tours in New York City: Everything you need to know

Manhattan has so much packed into a small island – almost 30 distinct neighborhoods ready to strut their stuff for you. The Battery invites with riverside parks and views of the Statue of Liberty. Times Square beckons with its neon lights and Broadway glamour. Central Park brings smiles with its zoo and Strawberry Fields. Plenty of skyscrapers show off the city views – the Empire State Building, One World Observatory and the Top of the Rock are just a few. Museums as fancy as their exhibits – the Guggenheim, the Intrepid, and the Cloisters.

Manhattan is just one borough in New York City. You also have the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, all with experiences to share. A hop-on hop-off excursion through New York City could help you sample all the flavors here.

Why should I take a New York City hop-on hop-off tour?

Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours show you New York City like nothing else can. You get amazing view from the open top decks as you ride down 5th Avenue, Broadway and 34th Street. Skyscrapers, buildings, townhouses, parks flow pass on either side. Your pics will look like stills from a movie, especially when crossing the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge. And if your tour has an evening or night option, you’ll see why this city never sleeps!

Along with the views, you get the experiences and you can make them all your own. Explore every stop or simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Missed something or found a fave? The tour will circle that way again. And you can get to all five boroughs thanks to hop-on hop-offs. No toll fees, no train or bus transfers and no getting lost. Just make sure the one you pick includes them.

The audio commentaries are good for history and factoids but chatting with the guide can give your experience some local flair. You may discover a New York City you didn’t expect!

What attractions can I visit on a hop-on hop-off New York tour?

Get into an Empire state of mind with every stop. Jot down some truly New York spots that you can visit on a New York hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour.

The Empire State Building 

Either the 86th or the 102nd Floor observation decks offer 360 views. Just please don’t throw pennies. And don’t miss the 2nd Floor exhibits, including a King Kong experience where you might encounter that great ape.

American Museum of Natural History 

You’ll almost wish that the movie “Night at the Museum” was a true story... Or maybe not as you pass by the T-Rex skeleton. Every exhibit, from the lions resting in the savannah to the Easter Island statue, looks like they’re bursting to come to life!

One World Observatory

Built as a tribute to New York’s resilience, the observatory is quite a spectacle. The Sky Pod elevator puts on a show as it takes you up 102 floors. Test your fear of heights on the Sky Portal as you look down over 100 floors.

Times Square 

This used to be a seedy, nasty part of town. Now, it’s full of neon signs and street performers. Stock up on snow globes and take a selfie with Spider Man or the Cookie Monster. Or grab discounted seats for a Broadway show at TKTS after the tour. If you hop on for a night trip, you should make sure this is on the route!

Guggenheim Museum 

Funky looking on the outside and in. And no need for stairs. You can walk up and down the spiral rotunda to each floor. The view down the center will be an artistic experience all its own, and sometimes you might catch some performance art.

Central Park 

At 2.5 miles long, you should plan your visit ahead of time. Beatles lovers head for Strawberry Fields. History buffs look for Belvedere Castle. “Madagascar” fans visit the zoo. Ask your guide or driver for the best spot to hop off depending on what you want to see.

Are there added extras with hop-on hop-off New York City tours?

Note that some tours are valid for only one day or for a few hours over a few days. Check their schedule to make sure it syncs with yours. Many tours offer tickets to your choice of museums as well as entrance to observations decks at One World Observatory or the Empire State Building. And with the Hudson and East Rivers all around, you may also get a free boat tour or ferry ride.

Worried about missing the next pick-up? You can download an app for that. Some operators have apps so you can track where the buses are. And you can often use free Wi-Fi too.



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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 596 reviews

Our tour guide was very informative of NYC & told us facts about the city on our journey to Dyker heights. We spent time walking around looking at the amazing houses that were decorated with Christmas lights. Afterwards we drove to DUMBO which was unexpected & looked at the Manhattan skyline at night which was stunning. I would highly recommend this tour

Everything worked as the details in the document we got. I highly recommend it so we can save a good amount of money!

I was able to do so many things in three and a half days thanks to this pass. This is a great deal!

The tour was excellent, easy to get the tickets and the sights seem where beautiful

Possibility to choose the number of desired activities from a large panel