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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

Rita L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very relaxed and easy to move through the lines. Definitely recommend the VIP pass!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Absolutely fabulous. Definitely buy the skip the line as made a massive difference. Great views.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great not to wait in line!

Brittany B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Skip the Line pass was sooooooooo worth it!! We felt like rockstars jumping to the front of the line on everything. We would flash out VIP wristband at every bend and be catapulted forward in line. What a great experience. We were up to the top and back down again in a flash!! Spend the extra $

Kay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What wouldn't be brilliant about seeing one of the most famous cities in the world from such an amazing building. The Skip the line tickets were great, as long lines.

Elisabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Joanne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I purchased the skip the lines tickets as I was traveling with my elderly parents and did not know if they had the stamina to stand in long lines. When we arrived we were treated like VIPs. We were whisked away to a waiting elevator and taken right to the observation Deck. The weather was beautiful and the views spectacular!. I highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well worth the visit, including the optional skip the line ticket

Cecilie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had tickets on a friday, but eas rold to come bsck the day after due to the weather. So we did, early in the morning after. No queues and perfect start of the day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We got right up the ESB without skip the line tickets!! It was great!!

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