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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Second time I have done Empire State Building however this time was at night and we paid to do the 102nd floor must say top class and so glad I done this again but this time at night which was truly amazing and those lights will never leave my mind

Lynne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A must do! Fabulous way to start a trip to New York and see the whole city spread out around you. Early start meant very little queuing.

Gaynell S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We did this at night after dinner, what an amazing experience. So worth the cost to be able to skip the lines.

Dorothy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic as expected. We did however buy the no queuing tickets which meant we bypassed enormous ques. We only had a short time in NY so, for us, paying a bit more freed up more time! Definitely recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was fast and easy to purchase as we walked toward the building and decided to go up--we were able to use the electronic ticket on my phone to get in. The views are outstanding and it is a beautiful building!

Sara R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We were treated really well with VIP passes and were whisked up to the top really quickly. We really felt special. The view was fabulous - a must on your trip.

Angelique D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Friendly staff, clean and comfyroom and great location off of 52nd and Broadway....what more can you ask for!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If you do anything book skip the line. We landed the same day and didn and #39;t have the time or patience to que. got there must have been at least a 2 hour que. walked straight passes VIP no que, into the lift did the viewing and the. VIP back down again all done within about 3/4 hour. Best thing bought!

Knut Georg E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good. The best choice to buy the tickets in advance to skip queues. I can only recommend to buy skip the lines tickets if you don't like to stand I lines.

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

the best

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