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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.

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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

Tracey H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Brilliant ! Great way to skip the queues !


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Skip the line is a must. Don’t have the headache of waiting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

As described, was shown straight through using all the staff entrances avoiding any queues (although at the time of our visit queues were not a problem) but for the price was worth paying just incase and it added that VIP feel to our visit.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Highlights - Skip the line and visiting at sunset. We were delighted we booked Skip The Line tickets which were open all day so we weren't restricted to a time. We went late afternoon and stayed for sunset which was a very busy time and we were tired after a long day sightseeing so to literally skip a very, very long queue was so wonderful. My husband had been unexpectedly ill before our long planned trip so for him in particular skip the line was wonderful as I dont think he could have coped with the long queues. Empire State Building itself is iconic and we weren't disappointed with the whole experience and the views. The building inside is very American, like in the movies and the views are as wonderful as you would expect. People were polite in taking turns to take pics from the edge and there was a nice friendly atmosphere up there. I would definitely recommend sunset the views were much more spectacular in the dark.

Markus A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Couldn't be better or easier!! Really made us skip all the lines!

Lester Lim C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

a bit disapponted in Winter time. too foggy


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Brilliant . A must and skip the line is fantastic.

Mark R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well worth arriving early-8:30- queues minimal

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We purchased the VIP experience. It is well worth the money if you dont like lines.

Janet W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We arrived at opening time and were about 15 people from the front of the line - no need for the skip the line expense on any level of the tour. Our friends had similar experience next day arriving even 1 hour after opening. Highly recommend the arriving early strategy. We did pay the extra to go all the way to the top. The view was not significantly different to any of us, but it was indoor and thus warmer which mattered the cold day we toured. Also a trade off between added height and the glass hampering photos a bit. Since we didn't have to wait it was a no-brainer, but if there was a long wait for the top I'd say skip it.

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