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New York Build Your Own Passes

Build Your Own Pass

What are New York Build Your Own Passes?

Smart Destinations Build Your Own Passes offer you the ability to preplan and include only those activities you want to do. Because you know in advance what activities are included in your itinerary we can also tell you what your savings will be in advance! If you want to be more spontaneous then the New York Explorer Card  is probably more your style.  With the New York Explorer Card you have the flexibility to change your mind on what you want to do at any time!

What attractions are included in Build Your Own Passes?

Build Your Own Passes include dozens of New York's top attractions.  There are so many included activities that everyone in your party is sure to find something they enjoy!.

To get started click on one of the tabs below  to get more information about Build Your Own Passes.


  • BUILD YOUR OWN PASS Q&A

    How does the Build Your Own Pass work?

    1. Choose attractions you'd like to visit and add them to your pass.
    2. Once you've chosen 2 or more attractions, you'll see savings off the gate prices — the more you add, the more you save!
    3. Choose the number people in your party and use our secure check out.
    4. Your pass is ready instantly: print it, or display on your smartphone!

    How long is my pass good for?

    Passes are valid for up to 30 calendar days from first use. You have up to 1 year from date of purchase to use your pass for the first time.

    Can I buy admission to a single attraction?

    Yes! Most of our attractions are available for individual purchase. Don't forget though, the more attractions you add to your pass the higher the savings!

    How do I get my pass after purchase?

    Your pass will be immediately available to download and print after checkout. You will also receive an pdf attached to your confirmation email.

    How do I open my pass?

    Your pass is a PDF document. You need to have Adobe Acrobat reader to open the attachment. Please visit http://get.adobe.com/reader to download and install the reader.

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    How do I get in at the attractions?

    Your Admission Pass contains bar codes that need to be scanned at each attraction. There is a unique code for each traveler. Simply present your Admission Pass at the normal ticket windows at the majority of attractions. The attendants will scan your pass and return it to you. Please read the individual "Getting In" instructions for each attraction to determine if there are any special instructions. (Some attractions may require you to redeem your Build Your Own Pass for a separate entrance pass.)

    Can I really skip ticket lines?

    Yes, you can! Since you already have your paid admission on your phone, many of our attraction partners allow you to go straight to the gate, skipping the ticket line. Check the "Getting In" instructions for each attraction on your pass to see where and how.

    What is the age range for a Child Pass?

    Child Passes are sold for children ages 3-12. If you are traveling with a child under 3 and visit an attraction that charges for children under 3, you will need to pay at the gate.

    Do I need to make reservations?

    Certain attractions may require reservations on a case-by-case basis. While the majority do not require reservations, please read the "Getting In" details for each of your selected attractions to see if a reservation is required.

    How many times can I visit an attraction?

    In most cases your pass is valid for a single entry only at the attractions. Some attractions may include multi-day admission. Please read the individual detailed instructions about each attraction to determine if you can enter multiple times.

    Can I add or remove an attraction from a Build Your Own Pass?

    You may add attractions to a pre-built package, but you may not remove any.

    Why can't I see what I'm paying for each attraction?

    We guarantee that you'll pay less than at the door when buying attractions together, but our partners ask that we do not disclose the unpublished rates they offer us. We will show you an overall discount, but not on a per-attraction basis. When purchasing just a single attraction we display the price you'll pay.

    What is your refund policy?

    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 with every card purchase — free of charge. 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.