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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

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

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 interactive audio device.

Highlights

  • 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

P L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I just love visiting the Empire State Observatory - this was my fourth time and just as good as the others! We were extremely lucky with the weather and very little queuing short lines. A

ShaQuisha D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I enjoyed it, it was a very enlightening experience.

Brendon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great photos...fantastic..

Nelly K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Good to visit in the morning before everyone gets there.

georgia g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Gorgeous views. Who wouldn't love the Empire State Building? We even found a pigeon on the wall up on the 86th floor.

TERENCE B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great experience and pleased we paid a little extra to skip the line- visited at night and saw New York lit up from a great view point. Worth revisiting during the day also

Pamela D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Enjoyed very much the views from the top.

Simon F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is the way to see the Empire State - by-passed all the queues. Highly recommended.

Géraud M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

wonderful

Lynda E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

impressive views and skip the line a nice touch!

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