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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.


  • 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!
  • With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Empire State Building.

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

Geraldine G B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

finally i got to see The Empire State and the views

Jennifer F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We visit the Empire 1 week before Thanksgiving weekend. WE had zero lines at 3 p.m.. We went only to the 86th floor. It was perfect. A must do.

Peggy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great time and would visit again through Viator. Very impressed.

Yvonne Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Absolutely fantastic tour. Must get VIP pass to jump the queue-well worth the money. We got in straight away whereas line up was out the door. Views were spectacular. When we left, queue was out the door and down the street. We arrived around 10am and left around 11.30am. A must do in New York.

Andrew S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic experience and we were literally waved on to the front of all queues from street level to the top! From entering the lobby to getting to the top took only around 15 minutes and most of that time was security checks!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was brilliant everything about was amazing we went VIP not very busy when we went it was a Monday night jst before 10pm but still good to skip the que I and #39;d definitely take this option it and #39;s it and #39;s summer I went in November

Lisa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We absolutely loved visiting the Empire State Building! The staff moved the lines very quickly so we could get to the top. Awesome views of New York! We were able to stay as long as we wanted to, it has good food available and many on site gift shops. Definitley one of the must sees of New York!

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Worth the money to skip the queues. We went at dusk as recommended and it was stunning.

Lisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was fantastic and saved us so much time, very slick process. The ticket was great as it wasn't time specific but when we got there the process was so much easier and not having to queue made the whole experience even more amazing!! Fantastic idea and DEFINITELY recommend doing this to avoid hours of queues!!

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