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Empire State Building Observatory skip-the-line tickets

Based on 233 reviews
Availability: Every day
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese
Mobile voucher accepted
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SKIP THE LINE
Do this because
  • Choose from two skip-the-line ticket options
  • Visit the observatory on the 86th-floor
  • Use the high-powered binoculars for spectacular close-up views
  • Enjoy 360-degree panoramas of the Big Apple
What to expect

Standard Ticket - allows you to skip the ticket purchasing line. Depending on how busy it is, you might have to wait in line to take the elevators and go up to the observatory.

Express Ticket - allows you to skip all the lines and go straight to the top!

The World’s Most Famous Building is a must-see for its Observatory’s spectacular indoor and outdoor 360-degree views from the heart of Manhattan. Be transported while immersed in the rich history as you journey through this Art Deco masterpiece including the landmarked Fifth Avenue lobby and murals. 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.

In the new entrance, guests are immediately treated to more space, organized flow, and hints of what will come from the next phases of the redevelopment, from digital hosts to a new lighting ceremony installation. Guests will ascend a grand staircase which splits around a two-story architectural model of ESB. New electronic, self-service ticket kiosks simplify the presentation of guests' choices of the myriad of options for their visit.

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What's included
  • Standard Ticket - allows you to skip the ticket purchasing line
  • Express Ticket - allows you to skip all the lines and go straight to the top
  • Free Multimedia App available for download from the App Store or Google Play
Reduced price
  • Children (0-5): free for both ticket types
  • Children (6-12): reduced price for standard ticket
Where

20 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10118

Meeting point:

Empire State Building Observatory

What to remember
  • Standard Ticket - allows you to skip the ticket purchasing line
  • Express Ticket - allows you to skip all the lines and go straight to the top
  • You'll receive your tickets instantly after purchase
  • Peak times are from 11.00am to 01.00pm 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 can be given due to 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, including firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, mace, any dangerous items, and any dual-use items that could be dangerous
  • Glass items, including bottles, glasses, marbles, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cans, bottles, flasks, etc.
  • Professional cameras, equipment and camera stands: mono-pods, bipods, and tripods
  • Sports equipment such as skateboards, roller skates, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls, etc.
  • Marking instruments, including spray paint and markers
  • Musical instruments
  • Large packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage, and other such parcels
  • Costumes and masks
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When

Every day, from 08.00am to 02.00am

The last elevator to the Observatory is at 01.15am

Special holiday hours may apply on:

  • July 4
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
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Provider
Empire State Building Observatory
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
What people say about this experience
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