Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

2445 Reviews | New York City, USA

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45 minutes (Approx.)
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival


Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building. Our 86th Floor Observation Deck, open daily from 11AM-10PM, offers the highest 360 degree open-air vantage point in New York City and on a clear day, you can see up to six states–New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts. 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.

Starting with the spectacular new entrance which opened last August, the second floor galleries allow guests to walk through a museum experience and enjoy a journey into The Empire State Building history and mystique.


  • Skip the line
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • All entrance fees included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Family friendly



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Average 4.45 out of 5 stars based on 2445 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Lana, Jun 2021 Verified
We had the skip a line pass. It was nice but honestly not needed. The lines moved rather fast. Once past the lines you could take you time viewing the sites.
Deborah S, Jun 2021 Verified
This was really cool, definitely a must do if visiting New York. How often do you get to go up 86 floors and see an amazing view. We decided to spend the extra $ to go up to the 102nd floor which was also pretty cool but a bit pricey.
Peter D, May 2021 Verified
Now is the time to go see the Empire State Building because there are no lines! I wasted money on the VIP express tickets.....you don’t need them and we went at peak time at 6:30pm on a beautiful day. The view from the Empire State Building is unlike any other viewing platform and the museum is full of fun historical fact, images and experiences! This building has the most beautiful entrance I have ever stepped in. It’s an absolutely work of art from the entrance to the top. We give this tour and structure five plus Petey stars! Roll Tide!!!
amy, May 2021 Verified
Loved it wonderful tour would recommend to anyone loved the organization very clean very organized worth it
Judy, Apr 2021 Verified
What a wonderful view! I would recommend for anyone who comes to NYC. If you can pay extra to go all the at to the top.
Jacob, Apr 2021 Verified
Incredible views, no wait line, and awesome new exhibits. Was a wonderful birthday experience. Would definitely go again!!!
Patricia M, Apr 2021 Verified
I was very unhappy with the first girl I spoke with regarding changing the date of my tour. She was difficult to understand, she said the date I wanted was unavailable but I could try calling the Empire State myself and perhaps they could help. I hung up. The next girl was wonderful, she was friendly, knowledgeable and very quickly changed our tour from Thursday to Tuesday. She was terrific, and her changing the date, made our trip wonderful.
Jillian J, Mar 2021 Verified
No need to purchase the "Skip the line" upgrade at this time because there was no line! Covid has an upside here. I absolutely loved the second floor exhibit, and felt like I owned the place because I was pretty much just wandering on my own. I rode all the elevators solo and couldn't have been happier just doing my own thing with no pressure to move along. I made reservations to catch part of the sunset and wasn't disappointed. Clear skies, light breeze, no crowds. It is fascinating to think of the people who built this massive structure and the things they experienced so high above the ground. Absolutely worth my time and money.
Tiffany, Oct 2020 Verified
An amazing experience and our tour guide was fantastic! She was a true pro who made it a one-of-a-kind experience!!!
Dandrea, Oct 2020 Verified
BEST TIME EVER!!! This is a must see when visiting New York. Great staff and breathtaking views makes this experience wonderful!

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