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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Hella P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was really great. It safes a lot of time passing by the lines of Empire State Building. Fabulos view and a great service

Jack G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Empire State Building is an iconic treasure. Skip the line tickets were well worth it during our sunset visit. This is a crowded attraction and being able to access the observation areas without waiting is a huge advantage. The lines were extremely long to view the gorgeous sunset. We were able to walk right in ahead of what looked like over 100 people waiting in line for the elevators both going up and down.

SILVIA ANDREA F Argentina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent!

spider

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great!

Tony C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful views of Manhattan, from a stylish building, the internal décor in the lobby is brilliant and tends not to be celebrated as much as it should be.

gardner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good

wood_di

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Worked well not having to queue although we chose to go so early in the day there weren't as many people about. Loved the display on all the history of the tower. Next time I'm going for a sunset.

Lynn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Empire State Building on a Saturday night can be a zoo. The VIP Experience is definitely the way to go. You are whisked past all of the lines (on the way up and the way down). We easily avoided at least an hour or more of waiting. I highly recommend this tour.

scubarat United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wow - views to die for

hawkeyeronron

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

PICKED A NICE CLEAR DAY SO WE WERE LUCKY AND COULD SEE FOR MILES.

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