Empire State Building Tours

948 Reviews
The world's tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that's floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. After admiring the mosaics in the Art Deco lobby, take an elevator ride to the 86th or 102nd floor and get ready to drink in astounding 360-degree views from this iconic skyscraper observatory.

The Basics
Set in Midtown Manhattan, the 102-story skyscraper is a must for any first-time visitor to New York City. While it’s easy to catch a glimpse of the tower around the city, this attraction is best enjoyed from one of its two observation decks, where the panoramic views over the Big Apple are legendary. Tickets to one or both of the observation decks can be purchased solo, although the Empire State Building is also visited on many city sightseeing tours, which often also include stops at Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. If you plan to visit on your own during peak times, it’s a good idea to buy an Express Pass to skip the line all the way to the 86th floor.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Choose a general admission ticket for standard entrance or a VIP Express Pass to skip the lines.
  • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and stroller accessible. Handicapped restrooms are located on the 86th floor.
  • Glass bottles, cans, and tripods are prohibited.
  • Lines for the elevator can get long, particularly during peak hours. Be sure to use the restrooms on the second floor before getting in line.
  • STATE Grill and Bar is the building’s street-level, signature restaurant. You’ll also find five other dining options, plus Starbucks.

How to Get to the Empire State Building
The entrance to the Empire State Building is located on Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th streets. It’s easy to arrive on foot from many other popular Midtown attractions, or by taking the subway to Penn Station/34th Street or 34th Street/Herald Square. The building is also a stop on hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tours.

When to Get There
Since the Empire State Building is one of New York’s most popular attractions, it’s best visited in the morning just after opening or late at night (the decks are open until 2am) when the lines are shortest. Expect longer lines for tickets, security, and the elevators on weekends, holidays, and just before sunset.

Which Floor Should I Visit?
The “Dare to Dream” exhibit, chronicling the story of the building’s construction and legacy, is located on the 80th floor before the elevator to the 86th-floor observatory. The 86th-floor observatory, known as the Main Deck, is the highest open-air observatory in New York. Its wraparound deck is outfitted with high-power binoculars, making it possible to see Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty from above. From the indoor Top Deck on the 102nd floor, visitors enjoy even more views (like Central Park in its entirety) and the chance to ride a manually operated Otis elevator.
Location
Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York 10118, USA
clock-o
Hours: Daily 8am–2pm
ticket-star
Admission: Varies
Read More

91 Tours & Activities to Experience

times
icon-filterFilter
Clear all
Select Dates
Sort by:Default

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

Get an unparalleled 360-degree view of New York City from the top of the iconic Empire State Building. See popular landmarks such as Central Park, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square. 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. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Empire State Building.
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$38,00
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$38,00

Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket

As day turns to night, its easy to see how New York City earned its City That Never Sleeps moniker. See the Big Apple in the light and dark with a day and night admission ticket to the 86th-floor observation deck at the Empire State Building—the highest observatory in New York City. Beat the lines by arriving with your daytime ticket, valid between 8am and 8:59pm, for 360-degree views of the iconic Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Then, return between 9pm and 2am for spectacular views of New York by night.  
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$54,75
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$54,75

Viator VIP: NYC Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise

See New York City from two totally unique perspectives: from the sky and the water. This VIP tour of New York City takes you in a helicopter over some of the city's greatest landmarks: from One World Trade Center to the Chrysler Building to historic Greenwich Village. Hop off the helicopter and get on a boat where you'll have a Mimosa or Champagne toast in front of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$279,00
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$279,00

Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass & STATE Grill and Bar Dinner

This exclusive offer, available only through Viator, includes an express, skip-the-line pass for the Empire State Building’s Main and Top Observatory Decks. Experience unmatched 360-degree open-air views from the heart of New York City. After your visit, cap off your night with a three-course prix fixe dinner, including a complimentary glass of wine or beer, at STATE Grill and Bar (ranked 4.5 stars by Trip Advisor users), located in the Empire State Building’s iconic lobby.
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$159,00
See Details
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$159,00

Iconic New York Photography Tour

Capture some of the Big Apple's most iconic destinations and locations on this fast-paced 2.5-hour photography tour lead by a professional photographer. You'll learn how to take the best shots, frame images with your lens, and more as you make your way through city streets, parks, and landmarks. Stop at the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and other top attractions.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
From
US$100,00
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
From
US$100,00

LIKELY TO SELL OUT

Empire State Building Premium VIP Tour

Avoid the long lines at the Empire State Building with a small-group tour that gets you priority, skip-the-line access to the iconic skyscraper. You’ll join an ‘Observatory Ambassador’ for a trip to the 86th and 102nd floors, hear behind-the-scenes stories, and get spectacular views across the New York City skyline, all without spending a New York minute waiting in line.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From
US$175,00
See Details
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From
US$175,00

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps with this 5-hour guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat and bus as you swing by Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, Federal Hall and much more. You’ll then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the New York City skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. Finish your day exploring Central Park and landmarks like Lincoln Center.*boat cruise is not included during the off season Jan 1 - April 1
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$89,99
See Details
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$89,99

SPECIAL OFFER

New York City Explorer Pass

Discover a selection of NYC’s top attractions -- many with skip-the-line privileges including the Empire State Building Observatory -- and activities for one low price with the New York City Explorer Pass. Pick among landmarks like Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and activities like a Yankee Stadium Tour, and see the the city in comfort and convenience on a Hop On Hop Off tour, plus much more. 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- and 10-attraction pass options are available with immediate access right from your mobile device as well as special food and shopping discounts.
  • Duration: 365 days
From
US$69,00
US$89,00  US$20,00 savings
See Details
  • Duration: 365 days
From
US$69,00
US$89,00  US$20,00 savings

Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

Get an aerial view of New York City on a 15-minute helicopter tour. Soar over the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park. As you go, your pilot will provide commentary on all of the Big Apple's most iconic attractions.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
From
US$209,00
See Details
  • Duration: 15 minutes
From
US$209,00

LIKELY TO SELL OUT

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York's hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious three-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine!
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
US$199,37
See Details
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
US$199,37

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this 12-15-minute helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
From
US$209,00
See Details
  • Duration: 15 minutes
From
US$209,00

Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the Big Apple with a Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour Classic ticket. Pass top attractions like Central Park, the Empire State Building and more, and learn about the history of the city from an on-board guide. Then, when you're ready to explore a part of town in greater depth, hop off. Upgrade to a Premium ticket that includes the choice of the Brooklyn Loop, the Harlem Loop or the Panoramic Night Tour. Choose the Deluxe ticket to include all loops and a sightseeing cruise.
  • Duration: 2 days
From
US$48,00
See Details
  • Duration: 2 days
From
US$48,00

New York CityPASS

Get the New York CityPASS and enjoy great discounts and skip-the-line access at some of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Your CityPASS includes tickets valid for nine days from date of first use for NYC favorites like the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim Museum, 9/11 Memorial and Museum and much more. Best of all, you get to bypass the long lines, giving you more time to spend exploring this city that never sleeps.
  • Duration: Flexible
From
US$126,00
See Details
  • Duration: Flexible
From
US$126,00

New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this 17-20 minute helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue up the Hudson River to see even more of Manhattan. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
From
US$299,00
See Details
  • Duration: 20 minutes
From
US$299,00

Hudson's by World Yacht New York Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a New York dinner cruise on Hudson’s brought to you by the team behind World Yacht at Pier 81. As you sail around Manhattan and past Lady Liberty, take in 360-degree views from any of the vessel's three levels. After arriving at 6:00pm, enjoy a 1-hour Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception. Your four-course dinner cruise departs at 7:00pm. Upgrade options are available to enhance your experience including an open bar or opt for the Exclusive VIP package which includes an open bar and guaranteed window seating, only available here.
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$159,00
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$159,00

LIKELY TO SELL OUT

New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

See the sights of New York City from up in the air on this 20-minute helicopter tour of the city at night. Take off, and soar over the NYC as you take in aerial views of some of the most famous sights. See the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center, and Times Square all lit up, and then pass by the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
From
US$244,00
See Details
  • Duration: 30 minutes
From
US$244,00

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

Take flight over the spectacular skyline of New York City on this 18-20-minute scenic helicopter tour. Soar over Manhattan’s most famous landmarks and experience the city like never before. This is your chance to get a truly memorable view of the Big Apple.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
From
US$289,00
See Details
  • Duration: 20 minutes
From
US$289,00

SPECIAL OFFER

New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
  • Duration: Flexible
From
US$29,00
US$59,00  US$30,00 savings
See Details
  • Duration: Flexible
From
US$29,00
US$59,00  US$30,00 savings

Full-Day New York City Tour with Empire State Building Observatory and Statue of Liberty Admission

Maximize your sightseeing time in high-energy New York City with this 9-hour tour offering skip-the-line access to the city’s most iconic landmarks. This no-nonsense excursion lets you avoid the long wait at popular sights including the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. Best of all, your skip-the-line pass means you’ll have more time for an included bus tour as well as visits to Big Apple attractions like Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, lunch in Little Italy and a walking tour of Wall Street. A guide is also included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
From
US$169,00
See Details
  • Duration: 9 hours
From
US$169,00

New York City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise with Lobster Dinner

Celebrate New Year's Eve NYC style with this dinner and fireworks cruise. Hop on the luxury yacht, grab a drink, and get ready to dance to tunes spun by a DJ as the clock ticks toward midnight and the boat cruises around New York Harbor. Sit down for an extravagant buffet lobster dinner, sip Champagne, and enjoy the views. As the clock hits midnight, you'll have one of the best seats in the city to watch the annual New Year's fireworks extravaganza.
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$349,00
See Details
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$349,00

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

Get a bird's eye view of New York City wit this comprehensive 25-30-minute Grand Island helicopter ride around the City that Never Sleeps. See some of the world's most famous landmarks from the sky, offering a fresh and exciting perspective: Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State  Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium are all sites to behold. It will be grand indeed!
  • Duration: 30 minutes
From
US$349,00
See Details
  • Duration: 30 minutes
From
US$349,00

New York Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

Soak up the Big Apple with brunch, bottomless mimosas, and live jazz on this 2-hour boat cruise. Sail around the island of Manhattan and New York Harbor, passing highlights such as the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. While you sightsee, help yourself to drinks and a delicious afternoon brunch on board.
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$107,13
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$107,13

Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of New York City

Combine a sightseeing tour by bus with a scenic cruise on the Staten Island Ferry during this full-day tour of New York City. Go to top attractions such as Greenwich Village, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and hop off the bus with your guide for short walks around sites such as the Rockefeller Center. Hear live commentary about the city's history from your guide, and travel in comfort in a climate-controlled bus as you take in the best of the Big Apple.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
From
US$69,99
See Details
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
From
US$69,99

The New York Sightseeing Pass

Visit top attractions in New York City with The Sightseeing Pass and save money while creating lasting memories on a trip customized to your way of travel. Visit an unlimited number of over 90 attractions. Choose 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 or 10 day pass to suit your trip. Enjoy free admission into museums, One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, tours and much more, with the option to experience the views with unlimited access to Gray Line CitySightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off buses for the entire duration of your pass. 
  • Duration: 7 days
From
US$129,00
See Details
  • Duration: 7 days
From
US$129,00

SPECIAL OFFER

Circle Line: Statue of Liberty Express Cruise

See New York City from the water on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Get an incredible view of the Manhattan and New Jersey skylines, One World Trade Center and more, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Learn about New York’s history with commentary from a guide. Now sailing on iconic Circle Line Sightseeing boats!
  • Duration: 1 hour
From
US$17,99
US$30,99  US$13,00 savings
See Details
  • Duration: 1 hour
From
US$17,99
US$30,99  US$13,00 savings

SPECIAL OFFER

New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

See New York City shine in all its glory on this illuminating, 1.5-hour night tour. From aboard an open-top double-decker bus, see the lights and evening activity of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. You'll savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From
US$29,00
US$59,00  US$30,00 savings
See Details
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From
US$29,00
US$59,00  US$30,00 savings


mobile_o
Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785