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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great views! I went early and didn't have the skip the line. I didn't have to wait more than 3 minutes.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The skip the line experience was nice. We bypassed others in line. The view was nice.

Alan D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great trip and skip the line made all the difference.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Worth every penny. Staff helpful and nice not to have to queue up.

Carolyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was well worth the money. Got to the top in no time.

Ian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent and the skip the line option is worth the extra.

John F F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

My children were enthralled with the Empire State Building as were my wife and I.

Robert I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Had a clear day which made tour exciting and breathtaking. Surprisingly the staff was very friendly and efficient considering it was Manhattan I expected to be treated like a cattle roundup but everybody was friendly. The real winner was the view, make sure it's a clear day

Linsey E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was great. We went ahead of everyone else and it took no time whatsoever to get to the top. Well worth it.

Ian O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Well worth the extra to skip the various queues or lines which were long at each stage. Great views obviously. Luckily weather stayed as per forecast.

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