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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

rose C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

totally worth the extra money to Skip the line tickets - you get a wrist band and are given the royal treatment, the only line you have to go through is security- otherwise You don't wait- you are the first ahead of everyone else to go up and down the elevators


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was really good - excellent for photos. We booked VIP tickets and where whisked to the top without any queuing - worth the extra.

Lyn N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic experience on a perfect day. Amazing views over New York. Very worthwhile having the VIP Pass.

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What a fantastic trip. Lots to do, it does make it a long day but it's well worth it. The culmination of the day is a visit to the One World Observatory. This is breathtaking, very well organised and works like clockwork. Would advise anyone to do this trip. To see what has been achieved on the site of the 9/11 atrocity is unbelievable. At times a very emotional trip too.

Margaret A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

If there is anything you need to do is buy skip the queue tickets. My 80 year old mother and myself were limited on time in New York, and this must have saved us hours!

Christian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

9H du matin un mardi : aucune queue ! Des guides, hotes et hotesses tous plus attentifs et courtois les uns que les autres. Le service US dans tout son professionalisme et un peu plus, comme d'habitude ! Je sors de La Poste de chez nous... Quel contraste -:

Dallas Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My daughter and granddaughter really enjoyed there trip to the Empire State Building.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this glad we booked the skip the line option well worth the extra money saved so much time

Sandra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great package we got to pass all the long lines and enter VIP lines great great views a must in New York !

Mandy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We passed the line and went straight to the top ! Awesome views on a fantastic day - Well worth it

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