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Empire State Building 86th Floor Main Deck

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NYC: Empire State Building Tickets & Skip-the-Line

1. NYC: Empire State Building Tickets & Skip-the-Line

Choose between a General Admission ticket to the 86th floor outdoor observation deck or a Combination Ticket with access to the newly renovated 102nd floor, showcasing floor to ceiling windows. You can also upgrade your experience with an Express Ticket. General Admission allows you to skip the ticket purchase line, whilst the Express Ticket option gives you an upgraded VIP experience. With an Express Ticket you'll be able to skip all lines, including the ticket purchase line, security line and the elevator lines that take you up and down. The New Empire State Building Experience not only gives you access to the legendary New York City landmark, allowing you to soar 1,054 foot (320 meters) high and enjoy magnificent 360-degree open-air views of New York City and beyond. You'll also see Grand Staircase with a two-story architectural model of the building and newly renovated interactive galleries that take you on an incredible journey from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture. Explore the site in the 1920s, Construction, Opening Day, Modern Marvel, Otis Elevators, World’s Most Famous Building, King Kong, and Celebrity exhibits. The 80th Floor also features a range of exciting art exhibits. Be sure to see the building's iconic Art Deco Fifth Avenue lobby. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observation Deck is the highest 360-degree open-air observatory in New York, outfitted with heaters to keep the cold at bay. The Empire State Building is more than a spectacular view - it is the most Instagrammed landmark in the USA. Your entrance also includes a downloadable multimedia experience, available in 9 languages. This app also includes videos, image galleries, quizzes, and maps showing nearby points of interest. Be sure to see the building's iconic Art Deco Fifth Avenue lobby as you exit this remarkable building

New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

2. New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

See world-class art, fascinating science, important history, and incredible views—from the sky AND the sea and save up to 40% with the New York CityPASS! New York CityPASS includes admission to: 1. The Empire State Building: With iconic views and a new museum, the Empire State Building provides breathtaking 360-degree, open-air views from the 86th-floor observatory. 2. American Museum of Natural History: Explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world’s most famous natural history museums. 3. Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum Top of the Rock: Experience incredible 360-degree panoramic views of New York City and beyond from interior and exterior decks on the top three floors of this legendary art deco skyscraper, 30 Rock.   Guggenheim Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century masterpiece of modern architecture, located alongside scenic Central Park.  See collection highlights, including works by Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and more. 5. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Experience the beauty and history of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum with Statue Cruises.   Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises: Take in the world’s premier skyline with up-close and magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade and 101 NYC sights.   6. 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Pay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  Examine the history and impact of the events and learn the stories of loss and recovery within the Museum.   Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Get an up-close look at the space shuttle Enterprise and 28 aircraft, including the world’s fastest jet.

NYC: Empire State Building Morning or Night Entry Ticket

3. NYC: Empire State Building Morning or Night Entry Ticket

Soaring 1,454 feet (443 meters) above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is one of the world's most famous buildings. The 86th Floor Observation Deck, open daily from 8 AM-2 AM, offers the highest 360-degree open-air vantage point in New York City. On a clear day, you can see up to six states — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. With this day and night ticket, experience the city from the 360-degree, open-air observatory both under the sun and the sparkling city lights the same night. Guests will also have access to the brand-new Observatory Experience complete with 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of interactive exhibits that invite you on a journey beginning with the building's construction to its current place in pop culture. The night ticket is redeemable after 9 PM or 10 PM, depending on the date selected.

NYC: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket

4. NYC: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket

See the rising sun from the top of the Empire State Building. Join an intimate VIP group to watch dawn break over a waking New York City. Begin in the new lobby, where a Building Ambassador will greet you. Enjoy exclusive access to the 86th Floor observation deck before the crowds arrive. Watch the sunrise over the city as it transitions from night to day. Marvel at the changing view as the morning sun rises and lights up the city's famous landmarks. The Empire State Building soars 1,454-feet (443-meters) above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna. Atop the 86th Floor observation deck, you’re at the highest 360-degree open-air viewpoint in New York City. On a clear day, you can see up to six states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. You can also enjoy the sights from within the cozy climate-controlled viewing galleries. After greeting the sun, head down to the new interactive galleries on the 2nd Floor. Start at the awe-inspiring new entry and walk through the museum experience. Benefit from a state-of-the-art air purification system that regulates the air quality inside the building. Go back in time from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture with hands-on exhibits. Explore the galleries before heading back out onto the city streets to start your day.

NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

5. NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

Explore many of the major landmarks in Midtown Manhattan on a walking tour led by a local guide versed in all things Manhattan. Then use your included ticket to experience the newest observation deck in Manhattan, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, located next to Grand Central Station. Meet your guide just under the marquee at Radio City Music Hall and explore the iconic sites located throughout the Rockefeller Center (30 Rock) including the Channel Gardens, the site of the world-famous skating rink and NBC Studios - to take a quick peek through the Today Show's windows. Then on Fifth Avenue, there are stops at Saks Fifth Avenue, the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral and NY Public Library, guarded by Patience and Fortitude, the majestic marble lions. Your guide will take you through the Main Hall of Central Station, known worldwide from TV and movies. See highlights like the brass clock, the celestial ceiling, and the Whispering Wall - you're going to hear Grand Central's secrets firsthand. At the end of the guided walking tour, enter the thrilling experience of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt where you can enjoy the immersive, multi-sensory views that exist here and nowhere else. Each viewpoint is a combination of immersive art-exhibit combined with unparalleled views across Manhattan.

NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

6. NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

Explore this world-famous landmark on a guided experience and get an insider’s look at the Empire State Building. Choose between two tour options – a VIP small-group tour, or an all-access private tour. Enjoy priority access throughout the tour, including VIP entry to the building and skip-the-line access to the 86th-floor observatory. Visit the Art Deco Lobby, the Celebrity Walk, and see exhibits celebrating the building’s history. Learn facts and trivia from your guide, and commemorate your trip with a souvenir photograph. Upgrade to the private, all-access option to experience the Empire State Building in style. Enjoy VIP entry into the building. Relax in the Celebrity Green Room and browse the memorabilia case. Enjoy a champagne toast, soft drinks, snacks, coffee, and tea, before taking your guided tour.

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What people are saying about Empire State Building 86th Floor Main Deck

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,141 reviews

It was amazing. I live in the city and get to see the Empire from my bedroom. However, the view from the 86 floor in the Empire change my whole mindset. It’s something everyone needs to experience even if you are from New York City. FYI look for tickets to go to 102 floor, I didn’t know about that.

Everything went really smooth. The deal was well worth it. Highly recommend reserving your time at the Empire State building, 9/11 memorial, and Guggenheim. If doing Liberty Island, I recommend going through the Jersey side for ease of travel. Also recommend a metra pass to get around quicker.

This is a must! We got skip all lines and it us so worth it, you don’t queue for any elevators it’s brilliant. But busy once you’re up there. We didn’t to the 102 as 86 was high and really we didn’t see anyone do the very top.

It’s really worth to do it! The view is fantastic and there is a really nice introduction to the history and the stories around this iconic building.

Awesome experience employees were very nice and conducted themselves in a professional manner. We always knew the next location to go to.