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Tour code: 2194EMPIRE
Get a breathtaking, 360-degree view of New York City from the top of the Empire State Building. See popular landmarks like Central Park, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty and so much more. In addition to the two indoor/outdoor observation decks, enjoy access to the Dare to Dream Exhibit, the new Sustainability Exhibit and an informative new multimedia app available for download.


  • Skip the lines with the VIP Express Experience upgrade
  • Amazing views of Manhattan from the 86th-floor observatory of the Empire State Building
  • 360-degree panoramic views on each side of the building from the outdoor promenade
  • High-powered binoculars
  • Visit the Art Deco-inspired Empire State Building lobby
  • Flexible voucher redemption policy - visit on any day within a year of date originally selected - plan your visit around the weather!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's convenient to have advance tickets for a can't-miss sight like the Empire State Building, especially since you can visit anytime within a year. And if you're planning to go during a peak period, the skip-the-line option will save you lots of time.

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What You Can Expect

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

Empire State Building

Stepping into the lobby of the Empire State Building is an experience of its own. This historic landmark has been restored with stunning art deco ceiling murals, and above the front desk is one of the most famous images anywhere in New York City, a depiction of the building itself with beams of light radiating from the mast.

Head to the second floor Visitors’ Center to buy or print tickets and pass through a security check point. An elevator ride to the 80th floor presents the Dare to Dream exhibit that captures the building’s history, engineering and construction work. See period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes and more, all paying tribute to the more than 3,400 workers who helped to create this building.

The final elevator ride arrives at the 86th-floor Main Deck and the highest open-air observatory in New York. This is the center of it all. Enjoy 360-degree views of New York and beyond — Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

VIP Express Experience Upgrade:
Upgrade to the VIP Express Experience and skip the lines. This is the quickest way to the top of the Empire State Building, saving you valuable time for all the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day and all holiday weekends. Speed to the top with no waiting!

Customer Reviews

rkmfraser USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved this tour. Got VIP treatment and went to the top of the Empire State Building bypassing the long lines. The views are amazing and the building takes you back in time.

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

First tour we went on when landing in New York and it was a real eye opener. So tall. Fantastic views and a really good gift shop. I would totally recommend doing the VIP tour as the day that we went.....the queues were huge. It saved us so much time not queuing going up and coming down.

Evelyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Skip the Line tickets worked well, saved a lot of waiting time. Beautiful building and amazing views at the top.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

fantastic experience to an iconic building , and pre-paying with viator the way to do it

Martha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a very memorable experience! Thankfully, we didn't have to wait long in line. The view from the 86th floor was magnificent! Breathtaking experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I booked this tour before leaving England, very easy to book, voucher with you within minutes.
Information given on voucher as to point of entry very informative.
On this tour voucher is open, so any day can be taken.
I booked Optional skip the line, this was well worth the extra money.
When entering building a wrist band is attached to your wrist, from there you go to the front of every line, it therefore only takes you minutes to get to the 86th floor.
Very enjoyable money well spent,
Thank you Viator,

Kelly N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! Highly recommended! :-

Larry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was amazing, great views. We went around 9 pm at night on a Sunday night, and the line wasn and #39;t too long at all!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We went late at night and the view was spectacular. A must when you visit NYC.

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