Empire State Building Observatory standard or skip-the-line tickets
Attractions & guided tours

Empire State Building Observatory standard or skip-the-line tickets

based on 261 reviews
Free cancellation
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Do this because
  • Visit the Empire State Building in the heart of NYC
  • Choose between standard or skip-the-line tickets
  • Take in 360-degree unobstructed views of the city from above
  • Enjoy two attractions for the price of one (Observatory and the interactive museum)
What to expect

The World’s Most Famous Building is a must-see attraction in the heart of Manhattan, with its Observatory’s spectacular indoor and outdoor 360-degree views. Be transported while immersed in the rich history as you journey through this Art Deco masterpiece including the landmarked Fifth Avenue lobby and murals. In the new entrance, guests are greeted by a grand staircase with a two-story architectural model of the building, including a high-tech LED exhibit that celebrates lighting ceremonies performed by famous celebrity guests.

Travel back in time on the 2nd-floor as you witness the evolution of the Empire State Building with interactive and immersive exhibits, from the days of construction in the 1920s to cementing its place in the pop culture of today. View the Empire State Building's original floor plans, understand how the building became a leader in sustainability, learn about the tenants who work on the hidden floors and watch highlights of the building's starring role in films since the 1930s.

The revamped 80th floor features exciting, artistic exhibits and an opportunity to create a customized NYC itinerary with NYC & Company’s Above and Beyond kiosks. Make your way up to the 86th floor Observatory, outfitted with heaters to heat the deck during colder months, so you can stay warm while taking in the spectacular views of the Big Apple. Finally, reach the jewel at the top of the center of NYC--the newly renovated 102nd floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass elevator with sound and light effects.

Along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are eight in-building dining options including the contemporary cuisine of STATE Grill and Bar and Tacombi, an authentic taqueria. Located at the center of it all, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

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What's included
  • Visit to the Observatory on the 86th floor
  • Free Multimedia App available for download from the App Store or Google Play
Reduced price
  • Children ages 6-12: reduced price for standard ticket
  • Seniors ages 62+: reduced price for standard ticket
  • Children ages 0-5: free for both ticket types

Empire State Building Observatory - 20 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

What to remember
  • Face masks are required
  • You'll receive your tickets instantly after purchase
  • Skip-the-line tickets allow guests to skip all lines and go straight to the Observatory
  • Peak times are from 11.00am to 1.00pm as well as one hour before and after sunset. If you wish to avoid long lines, it is recommended to avoid visiting at these times
  • No refunds will be given due to inclement weather
  • There are no locker storage facilities for personal belongings
  • All visitors will be subject to airport-style security screening. Below is a list of items which are not permitted. The list is not exhaustive, so if you are unsure about an item, you are asked not to bring it. Any questions and uncertainties should be referred to the Security Officers on duty
  • All weapons are prohibited, including firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, mace, any dangerous items, and any dual-use items that could be dangerous
  • Following items are prohibited: glass items, including bottles, glasses, marbles, alcoholic beverages, cans, bottles, flasks, professional cameras, equipment and camera stands: mono-pods, bipods, tripod, sports equipment such as skateboards, roller skates, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls, costumes, masks, etc
  • Do not bring musical or marking instruments, including spray paint and markers
  • Large packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage and other such parcels are prohibited
  • Free, high-speed WiFi is available
  • Signage and app is available in nine languages
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  • Please refer to the calendar for updated availability
  • 4 January - 13 March: 12.00 pm - 9.00 pm
  • 14 March - 28 March: 1.00 pm - 10.00 pm
  • 29 March - 11 April: 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
  • 12 April - 30 June: 1.00 pm - 10.00 pm
  • Last elevator goes up 45 minutes before closing
  • Hours are subject to change
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Empire State Building Observatory
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 5 days before the activity begins.
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