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NYC Empire State Observatory Admission; Skip-the-Line Option

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From US$37.00
  • 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
Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
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General admission to the Empire State Building Observation Deck. This does NOT include Express Pass privileges.
VIP Express Experience
VIP Express Experience includes skip-the-line access for security lines, ticket lines and elevator lines on 2nd, 80th and 86th floors of the Empire State Building Observation Deck. Includes audio tour
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.
What to Expect
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!
Reviews (2,458)

1 - 5 of 37 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago
Never disappoints!

The view from the top never disappoints and this time we went at night. Great views of the city and bridges. Beautiful breeze!

1  Thank cms1260
Reviewed 1 week ago
An Iconic experience

We went up on the spur of the momen,t as we were passing on the way back to our hotel - we were so glad we did . We went up at sunset so were able to watch that, and then all the lights gradually...More

Thank Helen W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Superb , not to be missed

A great evening out , we did the trip an hour before sunset and stayed to watch the sun go down over Manhattan, awesome experience to be on top of the world. Stunning views from this icon of New York city. Definitely one for your...More

3  Thank Sean M
Reviewed 30 July 2018
On Top Of New York

This was another sure fire attraction we had to see. Being there to celebrate my wife's 60th Birthday, it was a must see. After a very short que in line, up we went. Several elevators that were pretty fast. They let you out on 86th...More

19  Thank terryandnora
Reviewed 26 July 2018
lots of people but relatively quick lines

We went close to noon, and although it was pretty crowded, the lines moved quickly and we still got some spectacular views and great pictures. I recommend going earlier if you want to avoid the crowds. I was traveling with teenagers so we just couldn't...More

3  Thank Nick I