New York City Viewing points

Our most recommended New York City Viewing points

NYC: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience Ticket

1. NYC: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience Ticket

Visit SUMMIT, situated at the top of the iconic modern landmark One Vanderbilt. Discover a place which changes our relationship with cities, environment, and ourselves through immersive, multi-sensory experiences. Head off the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, to learn the story behind its creation. Learn all about an attraction designed with the intention of transcending everyday existence, and engage with space in a fascinating new way. Begin with a sensory stimulating elevator ride to the 91st floor. Be transported into SUMMIT AIR, a new way to see and interact with space designed by Kenzo Digital. Layered with two floors of floor to ceiling mirrors, AIR offers a new perspective as the Manhattan skyline reflects all around you. Next, test your limits at SUMMIT LEVITATION and enjoy the rush of stepping out over the city on two glass ledges suspended 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. Watch your image float in the clouds across a multi-media screen and get in touch with your playful side in the silver balloon AFFINITY room. Once you reach the 93rd floor, take in the sights and sounds of NYC from another vantage point on the outdoor observation deck. For a more intimate, adult-friendly evening experience, choose to visit SUMMIT during Air at Night. Guests can enjoy access to all areas of the attraction, an LED light show with accompanying vivacious music, and cocktails for purchase at the 93rd floor bar.

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

2. 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. 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.

NYC: Top of the Rock Observation Deck Ticket

3. NYC: Top of the Rock Observation Deck Ticket

Take in a 360-degree panorama of New York from 850 feet (260 m) in the air at the Top of the Rock. Explore 9,500 square feet of unobstructed outdoor viewing space, the most of any New York observatory. Take in the daytime scenery, see the sunset, or admire the city sparkle by night from new heights.  Upon arriving at 30 Rockefeller Center, take time to admire the stunning, shimmering Swarovski chandelier on your way to the mezzanine level. Here is an exhibit where you can see historic artifacts and a short film about Rockefeller Center’s construction during the Great Depression. Head up to the Top in less than 1 minute with a ride up 850 feet (260 m) on the Sky Shuttle. Explore 2 floors with expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas. Finally top off your visit with breathtaking views of Central Park, Empire State Building, downtown Manhattan, One World Trade Center, and multiple bridges from the completely open-air deck on the 70th-floor.

NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

4. NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Get entry tickets to Edge, a marvel of architecture, engineering, and technology, suspended in mid-air over 1100 feet above the ground. Get the feeling of floating in the sky and take in the entire Manhattan skyline from Edge's unique vantage point on the western side of Midtown Manhattan. Begin your journey on Level 4 of The Shops at Hudson Yards, where you will enter into an immersive multimedia experience explaining the design, construction, and sustainability of Hudson Yards. Then, head up over 1100 feet to the Observation Deck, and then 80 feet out into the air on the Outdoor Sky Deck. Here, frameless glass panel walls are boldly angled outwards to allow you to feel the thrill of leaning out over the edge with the busy city below. Next, stand on the glass floor and look over 100 stories straight down to the city streets below your feet. At Edge's furthest point, The Eastern Point, there's space for one person to stand alone, surrounded by glass, air, and sky—you will never have had a picture quite like it. The upper level also features the Skyline Steps, where you can look out over the top of the glass panels and past the edge of the deck. Have a seat and hang out in the sky with your friends and family, or head indoors and sip champagne or a signature cocktail at the Champagne Bar. When you leave be sure to visit Hudson Yards' centerpiece, Vessel, or enjoy a bite to eat or a shopping experience at The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

5. New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds at 28 mph. SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how New York City has changed from the 1500s. Skip the ticket line and even opt to also skip the elevator line. At the observatory, elevate your senses as you take in the iconic sights, surrounding waters, and panoramas of the Manhattan skyline and beyond. Then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit while taking in the stunning views.  Engage with City Pulse and One World Observatory's global ambassadors as they share stories of this amazing city. Step onto the expansive Sky Portal and take a walk high above the streets of New York. Dine or drink at the café, bar, or restaurant. Upgrade to Combination or All-Inclusive Tickets and enjoy skip-the-line access to the elevators. Access expedited security via the priority security line. The Digital Skyline Guide, an interactive, virtual reality iPad guide to New York City, is also included. 

NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour with One World Observatory

6. NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour with One World Observatory

Remember the terrible events of 11 September 2001 on a 9/11 walking tour and journey through the former World Trade Center in New York. Guided by New Yorkers with a personal connection to 9/11, the tour includes personal anecdotes and touching stories of tragedy and heroism. Meet at St. Paul's Chapel to see the church that miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris, despite being only a block away from the World Trade Center. Learn how it became a makeshift rescue center and its iron fence a bulletin board. Hear heroic stories of the emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see the Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. Enter the 9/11 Memorial and see the Reflecting Absence Memorial, a man-made waterfall symbolizing the vast void left by the tragedy. Look at the names of the nearly 3,000 victims placed around the waterfall next to their friends, family members, and colleagues. See the new Freedom Towers and World Trade Center rising from the ground. Stay as long as you wish at this beautiful 8-acre oasis. Make use of timed entry tickets at the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory. Once inside, you are free to explore at your own pace as your guide will not accompany you here. See artifacts from the events of 9/11, and hear recordings from people who were there on the day. Take a stroll to the Observatory to marvel at its engineering and architecture. Head to the lobby of Freedom Tower for the "Voices" documentary dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Center. Then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, and ascend 1,250 feet in 60 seconds. Once there, see the See Forever Theater on floor 102, before accessing the main observation deck on the 100th. Enjoy immersive LED displays, interactive touchscreen videos, and dining options, as well as the view of the iconic Manhattan skyline.

NYC: Empire State Building Morning & Night Entry Ticket

7. NYC: Empire State Building Morning & 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.

NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour with Ferry

8. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Guided Tour with Ferry

Enjoy your visit to an iconic monument on this guided tour to the Statue of Liberty. Experience the beautiful panoramic views of the New York City skyline, which includes the Brooklyn Bridge, The Empire State Building, and more.  Benefit from the experience and knowledge of your guide as they navigate you through the two mandatory security screenings. Immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy the entertaining and informative stories that they will share, bringing your experience to life.  Continue to Ellis Island, home to America’s Immigration Museum and the spot where tens of millions of immigrants took their first steps toward becoming Americans. Follow in the footsteps of this journey, as you visit the Great Hall, the Stairs of Separation, and the Kissing Post.

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

9. NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

Embark on an inspiring and educational journey to two iconic New York islands, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Visit the world famous Statue of Liberty and see where thousands of immigrants entered the United States on Ellis Island. Your tour begins with a guided orientation at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, where you will learn about the history of the neighborhood and the War of 1812. Then enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry to Liberty Island. As you cross the New York Harbor, admire the beautiful downtown Manhattan skyline behind you and snap photos of Lady Liberty from the water. Once at Liberty Island, freely explore the island and the Statue of Liberty Museum or choose the option that includes a guided tour of the island. Once you're finished at Liberty Island, hop back on the ferry to the infamous Ellis Island, known as the Gateway to America. Learn about how newly arriving immigrants were processed as you explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum by yourself or with a guide. Both the 2-hour and 4-hour tour options include a guided experience of Liberty Island packed with historical facts about the statue. On the 4-hour tour, enjoy an additional guided orientation of Ellis Island.

Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

10. Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique pedicab tour. Your tour guide will show you the sights of Central Park and tell you about its history as you travel at a leisurely pace. You'll make stops at key places of interest in the park, such as Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, and Sheep Meadow. No matter what the season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass.

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What people are saying about New York City

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4.4 / 5

based on 8,225 reviews

Wow! Awesome new edition to NY observation towers. Only a year old so still sparkly and new. Mirrors on the floors are very cool. If you only do one observation tower on your visit to NYC, do this one, especially if it’s a clear day.

One of the best things we did while we were here! So easy to find and the staff were all amazing which made the experience so much better.

Great experience Queues were long to get in and even longer to get out, but worth every penny

Amazing experience giving an amazing view of the New York skyline.

Great view point and able to walk around all sides of the roof.