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Visit New York City "à la carte" with the New York City Explorer Pass, the SightSeeing Flex Pass, and the FreeStyle Pass

The New York City Explorer Pass and the SightSeeing FlexPass are an alternative to visit New York City and some of its most famous attractions! You may know the the New York Pass and the New York City Pass but the Explorer and this Sightseeing FlexPass are "à la carte". It really depends on what you’re planning to visit, how long are staying in New York and whether it’s your first trip to New York or not.

The Sightseeing FlexPass

The Sightseeing FlexPass grants you with a number of attractions and tours of your choice, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10. You'll save almost 50% off the admission fees!
It offers over 90 attractions for a flat low price, with some exclusive hop-on hop-off bus loops, the One World Observatory...
For some attractions, you will have to go to a visitor center to redeem your entry. Here you will find all the information about it.

List of attractions included in the pass

Attractions & Museums
• Empire State Building Observatory
• One World Observatory
• Madame Tussaud's All Access Pass
• Ripley's Believe It or Not
• 9/11 Tribute Center
• Guggenheim Museum
• American Museum of Natural History
• Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island
• Ground Zero Museum Workshop : 100 Images & Artifacts Tour
• Madison Square Garden All Access tour
• Inside out Tours - Bronx'x Little Italy
• Lighthouse Museum
• Whitney Museum of American Art
• New York Botanical Gardens
• Brooklyn Museum
• Staten Island Children's Museum
• Staten Island Museum
• The TOUR
• The Ride (+$20 upgrade)
• New York Historical Society Museum and Library
• The Radio City Stage Door Tour
• Central Park Horse and Carriage (20 minute ride.)
• Museum of the City of New York
• Museum of Jewish Heritage
• Museum of American Finance
• Fraunces Tavern Museum
• Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens
• El Museo del Barrio
• Brooklyn Historical Society
• Museum at Eldridge Street
• LOL Times Square Magic

Walking & Bike Tours
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Walk Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Pass Bike Rental - 12h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Tour - 2h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Rental - 2h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
• On Location TOurs Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - SoHo & Little Italy Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - Broadway Walking Tour
• NewYorkTours1 - Greenwich Village Walking Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Rollerblade Rental - 24h
• Wall Street Walks - Wall Street Walking Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour - 2h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Brooklyn Bridge Rollerblade Rental - 24h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Hudson River Day Pass Bike Rental - 12h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Hudson River Rollerblade Rental - 24h
• Inside Out Tours - South Bronx Renaissance Tour
• Inside Out Tours - NYC Slavery Walking Tour
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Tour Rental - 1h
• Central Park Sightseeing - Central Park Bike Tour Rental - 12h
• Wall Street Walks - Secret of Downtown Walking Tour
• Brooklyn Unplugged - Brownstone Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Walking Tour
• Brooklyn Unplugged - Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn
• Brooklyn UNplugged - Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour
• Macy's Historical Tour
• Hush Tours - Walk this Way Thru Harlem Tour (hip-hop walking tour)
• Hush Tours - Hunts Point Street Art Walking Tour (Bronx)
• Hush Tours - Where Brooklyn At? ($20 upgrade fee paid to Hush Tours)

Bus & Boat Tours
• 24h Uptown/Downtown Tour by Citysightseeing
• Citysightseeing New York Sunset Cruise
• Woodburry Common Outlets Super Saver Ticket
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Night Tour
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Manhattan Experience Highlights
• Gray Line Citysightseeing Multilingual Tour
• Statue of Liberty Express (New York Water Taxi)
• New York Water Taxi - Statue by Night
• Circle Line Liberty Cruise (1h)
• Hush Tours - Birthplace of hip-hop Bus Tour ($20 upgrade fee paid to Hush Tours)
• On Location Tours - When Harry Met Sally Bus Tour
• Circle Line Landmark Cruise (1,5h, +$5 fee paid to Circle Line)
• Citysightseeing New York Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour

Dining Deals
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant - Prix Fixe Menu
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant Harlem - Prix Fixe Menu
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant Brooklyn - Prix Fixe Menu
• $15 towards lunch or dinner at Planet Hollywood
• $15 towards lunch or dinner at Buca di Beppo

The price of the SightSeeing FlexPASS depends on the number of activities you choose:

ActivitiesAdultChild
2 activities$64$49
3 activities$84$64
5 activities$110$89
6 activities$150$105
7 activities$159$114
10 activities$189$155

NB:
- the SightSeeing FlexPASS is the only pass that includes the One World Observatory and the Top of the Rock, but not the Empire State Building!
- the pass is activated the moment it is scanned for admission at your first attraction, bus tour or restaurant.
- once the pass is activated, you have 7 days to make your visits. Please note that if you choose a Hop-Off Hop-On bus tour, you'll have 24 to 48h to take the buses.

 $40 Credit

For each New York SightSeeing Pass you purchase on SightSeeing.com, you'll get $40 credit towards the purchase of selected items on CitySightsNY: "Additional Products".
Then you can add to your pass the visit of the Empire State Building!

Purchase your pass
To purchase your pass you just have to click on the button.

SightSeeing FlexPass

To redeem your pass:
After purchasing your pass on the Internet, you can either:
- print it out
- take a picture of the QR Code and use your mobile phone as your ticket.
Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission!

The New York City Pass Explorer Pass

The New York Explorer Pass, offers savings of more than 45% on the 80+ most popular attractions in New York.
The New York City Explorer Pass is valid for 30 days, so you can use it at your own pace!
Please note that you have up to 1 year to activate the pass before it expires. Buy it now and use it later!

You can choose the pass that best suits your trip:
- New York Explorer Pass, visit 3, 4, 5, 7 or 11 attractions for one price, saving up to 50%
- Build your own NYC Explorer Pass, you choose the number of attractions you want and you can save up to 25%

  List of attractions included in the New York City Explorer Pass

Boat Tours
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry Tickets
Landmark Cruise - Circle Line Sightseeing
Lady Liberty Cruise - Circle Line Sightseeing
Statue of Liberty Express Cruise
Best of NYC Cruise - Circle Line Sightseeing
Twilight Sightseeing Cruise - Circle Line Sightseeing
Clipper City Tall Ship Sail
Shearwater Schooner Sails
Beast Speedboat Cruise
Harbor Lights Cruise

Attractions
Top of the Rock
Empire State Building
Central Park Bike Rental: Full Day
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Bus Woodburry Common + coupons
Hudson River Sightweeing: Full-day Bike Rental
Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental: Full Day
Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden
Luna Park at Coney Island: Full Day Wristband

Tours
Double-Decker Bus Tours of NYC - Hop-On Hop-Off 24h
9/11 Tribute Center Tour
Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour
Big Bus Night Tour
Yankee Stadium: Classic Tour
The Ride
The Tour
Rockefeller Center Tour
Radio City Stage Door Tour
Madison Square Garden: All-Access Tour
Circuits Food on Foot
Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour
NYC TV & Movie Bus Tour - On Location Tour
Food on Foot Tours
Lincoln Center Tour
Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour
Gossip Girls Sites Bus Tour
Sopranos Sites Bus Tour
Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour
Central Park Bike Tour

Museum
American Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
Intrepid Museum
Guggenheim Museum
The Met Breuer
Museum of Sex
NYC Historical Society Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art
MET Cloisters Museum

The price of the Explorer Pass depends on the number of activities you choose

ActivitiesAdultChild
3 activities$89$67
4 activities$109$84
5 activities$129$99
7 activities$164$129
11 activities$209$169

NB : “child” rates applies for kids aged between 3 to 12.

Purchase your pass
To purchase your pass you just have to click on the button.

New York City Explorer Pass

To redeem your pass:
After purchasing your pass on the Internet, you can either:
- print it out
- take a picture of the QR Code and use your mobile phone as your ticket.
Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission!

The FreeStyle Pass New York

The FreeStyle Pass NY means you can save around 40% on the admission fee of 40 activities in New York.
You can choose between 3, 5 or 7 activities + unlimited access on Hop-on Hop-off double decker buses. You can take these 4 loops: Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and the bus by night.

Once you ordered your pass, you receive a voucher by e-mail. You have to take it a "visitor center" to redeem it. Here's the address of the visitor centers.

Please note that:
- The unlimited access on hop-on hop-off buses is valid for 72 consecutive hours,
- You have 14 days to enjoy the 3, 5 or 7 activities of your pass.

List of attractions included in the FreeStyle Pass NY

Activities
Top of the Rock
Empire State Building
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Madame Tussauds Celebrity Ticket
Ripley's Believe It or Not (Includes LaserRace)
One World Observatory
Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Gulliver's Gate
NFL Experience
 
Tours
Lincoln Center Tour
The Radio City Stage Door Tour
Rockefeller Center Tour
Madison Square Garden All Access tour
When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour
The TOUR
 
Museums
American Museum of Natural History*
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)*
Cloisters Museum*
Guggenheim Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art*
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Museum of the City of New York
El Museo del Barrio
9/11 Tribute Museum
New York Historical Society
Brooklyn Museum/Botanical Garden
Whitney Museum of American Art
Ground Zero Museum Workshop : 100 Images & Artifacts Tour
MoMA PS1
 
Walking Tours
Brooklyn Navy Yard Past, Present, Future Tour
World War II of the BK Navy Yard Tour
Inside Industry Tour of the BK Navy Yard
Bronx’s Little Italy and Arthur Avenue Tour
NYC Slavery and Underground Tour
Alternative New York Street Art Tour
Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo Tour
Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour
Soho, Little Italy, China Town Tour
Highline, Chelsea, Meatpacking Tour
Greenwich Village Tour
Broadway Walking Tour
Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
 
Cruises
Twilight Cruise
 
Restaurants
Lunch at Dave and Buster's -234 W. 42nd St., 3rd Floor
Lunch at Grotta Azzurra (Little Italy)
Lunch at Bella Napoli (Near the Empire State Building)
Breakfast or Lunch at Applebee's 42nd Street & 50th Street
$25 towards lunch or dinner at Planet Hollywood
$25 towards lunch or dinner at Buca di Beppo

The price of the FreeStyle Pass depends on the number of activities you choose:

ActivitiesAdultChildren
Bus + 3 attractions$149$129
Bus + 5 attractions$179$159
Bus + 7 attractions$199$179

The rates are for 3-11 years old children.

Purchase your pass
You can buy your pass on the internet by clicking on the button below.

FreeStyle Pass New York

Which one should you pick ?

Personally, I don't think that the NY Explorer is better or worse than the Sightseeing Flex Pass or the FreeStyle Pass. You'd rather consider which pass offers the activities you want to do.

After revising the activities, keep in mind that the SightSeeing FlexPass is valid for 7 days, The FreeStyle is valid for 14 days and the Explorer Pass is valid for 30 days.

If you’re visiting New York for the first time and staying for a week, the New York City Pass is really worth it since it includes 7 of the most famous and interesting attractions in NY but,
- if you're staying in New York City for ferwer days, the SightSeeing FlexPass or the FreeStyle Pass could better suits you,
- if you want to have more choices and more time to make your visits, the Explorer Pass is a valid option.

At the end, the best tip is to look at the rates according to what you’re planning to visit.

Conclusion

It all depends on your budget and taste!
If you know what you want to visit, an "à la carte" Pass is a great option. Compare the rates paying at the gate vs the rate of each passes. Tell me if I can help you finding the best pass!

The rates of the passes and activities/attractions can change, always check them on the official websites in the links provided above.

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