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Marvel at the 360-degree, unobstructed views from the Empire State Building and explore its Interactive Museum and more with this combo ticket. See NYC's landmarks from the 86th-floor observatory, enjoy the exhibitions and augmented reality viewfinders on the 80th floor; and explore the 2nd-floor museum’s immersive displays on the building's history. Upgrade for skip-the-line access.
  • Experience the views from the Empire State Building in the heart of NYC
  • Two key attractions for price of one: 86th-floor deck and 2nd-floor museum
  • Absorb the panoramas and chart the tower's history via immersive exhibits
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In the heart of NYC
Unobstructed 360 degree view Observation Deck
Access to new second floor immersive exhibits
Revamped 80th floor featuring exciting, artistic exhibits
Free admission for children 5 and under

Departure Point

Empire State Building, 20 West 34th Street, New York City, NY 10001
Make your own way to the Empire State Library in central NYC, bearing in mind the opening hours of 12:00pm-12:00am, every day of the year. The last elevator to the top runs at 9:15pm.

On arrival, head inside via the Observatory Entrance at 20 West 34th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Pause here to take in the stunning Lobby, which boasts restored art deco ceiling murals and one of the most famous images of the building above the front desk. Free high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the building to add to your experience.

At the entrance to the 2nd floor, pass through a security checkpoint, and explore the interactive exhibits that tell the story of the ESB's construction to its place in today's pop culture. Watch short film clips through telescopes, use the touch screens, and step into a simulation of an original elevator for a virtual ride to the building's 102nd floor. Then, head to the surround-sound theater to see film and TV clips that feature this iconic tower.

Next, ride the elevator to the redesigned 80th floor, where you'll find exhibitions on the ESB's lights and light shows; together with stunning augmented reality experiences delivered by classic binocular viewfinders.

The final elevator ride whisks you up to the 86th-floor Main Deck: home to the highest open-air observatory in New York, and located right in the heart of Manhattan. Enjoy the 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.

Upgrade to the VIP Express Experience and skip the security, ticket, and elevator lines. This is the quickest way to the top of the Empire State Building, saving you valuable time for the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful during holidays and peak season. An audio tour is included, and all audio, signage and exhibits are available in 9 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
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Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is waiting for you day or night. Come watch the sunset as New York is bathed in warm orange, red and yellow tones, then stick around as the lights come on all over town. Or come later and listen to the live music (weekends only) as the stars and lights twinkle romantically. Whenever you come, enjoy the magic without the wait. There are 3 lines at the Empire State Building Observatory: the security line (required for all visitors), the ticket line and the elevator line. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher. VIP Express Experience Upgrade Speed past the lines on your way to the tallest point in Manhattan! Your VIP Express Experience voucher will enable you to proceed directly to the front of every line, saving valuable time to do all the other things New York is famous for. Don't spend your valuable holiday time waiting in line -- there's no faster way to the top of the Empire State Building!
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines or wait times at the building
  • Infant tickets for children 0-5 years are free and can be picked up at the ticket office upon arrival
  • Skip-the-line privileges are only available with the VIP Express Experience Admission Ticket option
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Traveler Tips

  • "Dusk offers most magnificent views of Manhattan, so try to time your visit accordingly." See review
  • "If you want to visit the Empire State Building buying this pass is a MUST." See review
  • "If you can pay extra to go all the at to the top." See review


3,129 Reviews

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86th floor observartory
, Jul 2021
The elevator going dark and the movie on the сеiling showing the workmanship and being able to take pictures from atop looking down and out all around new york
Amazing experience!
, Jul 2021
The description says it takes 45 min to go through. If you breeze through it, sure, but there’s a lot to see and read in the museum which was remarkably done and again on the 80th floor. Taking it next to the 86th floor pulls it all together and the next thing you know, you’re there longer than you expected! Staff was kind and polite and we didn’t have to wait for entry at any time whether that was from the entrance or any floor. Our family which included two teens really enjoyed this historical site.
Empire state
, Jul 2021
This is one of the main tourist attractions in nyc. It was a great view to see all over the city, but that's is it. There wasnt anything else to do.
Amazing views
, Jul 2021
We are so glad we decided to splurge on the skip the line experience. We were treated like VIPs following the red carpet all the way to the top of the Empire State Building. The staff working at the experience were very friendly and helpful as well. The views from the top of the building should not be missed!
‘The Views’
, Jul 2021
Beautiful place inside and out. Views of New York are just spectacular. Would definitely go again and recommend to others to visit.
, Jul 2021
Everything was great! Workers were nice and very helpful. The views were awesome. The pictures came out great! Thanks😍
Renita E
, Jul 2021
The experience and people were wonderful! Renita E was absolutely fabulous! We got THE BEST pictures bc of her!
Great experience but VIP wasn't worth it
, Jul 2021
The Empire State Building was amazing but the VIP part was a waste of money because when we went there was no line to skip. So we paid double for something we couldn't use.
The most famous building in the world 🌍
, Jul 2021
Awesome place to visit with the family I'll recommend this place to everyone this is the most iconic building in the world.
Get the Express skip the line ticket if you don’t mind the price.
, Jul 2021
It was nice to be able to skip the line especially on the way down as there were much more people in line. The reason for 4 stars is sometimes we weren’t quite sure where to go for the red carpet like.
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