- 2 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
The must see for any visitor to New York City, the World’s Most Famous Building is on every list for its Observatory’s spectacular indoor and outdoor 360-degree views from the heart of Manhattan. Along the way, become a part of history as you journey through this Art Deco masterpiece including the restored lobby and murals. Download our free multi-media app and experience the exhibits tracing the building’s construction, learn how the Empire State Building became one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world. Open from 8am to 2 am, along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are several dining options including the fine cuisine of State Grill and Bar. Located in the heart of New York City it’s an easy walk from Times and Madison Squares and just up the street from Macy’s.
- Skip the line
- Enjoy fantastic aerial views
- All entrance fees included
- Great overview and orientation of the city
- Family friendly
- Entry/Admission - Empire State Building
- Entry/Admission - Fifth Avenue
- Entry/Admission - Manhattan Skyline
- Entry/Admission - Herald Square
- Admission to the 102nd Observatory Deck
- Food and drinks
Empire State Building
8am to 2am
Last elevators to the top are at 1:15am
July 4: The observatory will close at 7:00pm for the annual fireworks event and reopen at the conclusion of the fireworks display, approximately 10:00pm.
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!
You'll be greeted on the second floor to redeem your pass pre-security, eliminating the need to redeem vouchers at the ticket office. You'll also receive a special wristband to identify you as a VIP Express Experience pass holder.
VIP Express Experience passes are especially valuable from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year's any time of day and all holiday weekends. Other times of year the pass is recommended for planned visits between 11am and 2pm, and one hour before and after sunset. Limited numbers of passes are sold, so typical wait time is under 5-minutes. Specific wait times cannot be guaranteed, only front of line privileges.
Voucher can be redeemed within a year of date purchased - plan your visit around the weather!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Vouchers are valid up to a year from date of purchase
- 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 desk 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
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Went at 8am- no lines, no waiting, very few others. Gift shop was also a substantial upgrade from before! Great overall experience!
No need to buy skip line tickets, we didn't wait even 2 minutes! Awesome, recommended! Just buy and go at any time
I was hesitant to pay for a VIP pass, but am VERY glad I did! We were able to get up to the observatory in about 10 minutes. As important, when we were finished looking at the stunning views, we were able to leave just as quickly (instead of waiting in the exit lines). I would definitely recommend paying for the VIP pass.
Awesome view from viewing platform,
Memorial day weekend
Busy, short lines but well organised.
This was my 3rd trip to New York. I took my grandchildren this time and they were utterly amazed! We hope to go again real soon!
Very good trip to the top of the ESB. Very courteous staff and having booked the ticket in advance made it more convenient. Overall an awesome experience with some great views of NY and Manhattan in particular.
The staff were really helpful when on the evening we had booked they advised us that, due to the thick fog we would not see anything and offered for us to return the following day, which we did and enjoyed a memorable time enjoying the New York skyline
The express pass was an excellent way to visit this attraction
Well worth the extra money to have instant access
The staff was so friendly and helpful, even gave us a complimentary upgrade to the observation deck!
Amazing view of New York from the top of this iconic building. Fast Track tickets are definitely a must. We jumped all the queues. Breathtaking view of my most favourite place on the New York skyline, the beautiful, graceful and amazing Chrysler Building.
Skip the line well worth it..was busy from early morning . Outstanding views and the guy at the top new so much and was happy to chat.
What an amazing view of the city! The VIP pass came in handy with express trip to the top. All employees were courteous and helpful.
We visited the Empire State building during the evening to see the night lights of New York and what amazing views we had. By having the skip the line tickets we were able to get up and down without waiting for ages which is the best tickets to book. The staff are great too and make sure you get through as quickly as possible. Definitely a must see :-