In peak seasons, choose the VIP Express Experience to whoosh to the top in a New York minute!
What to Expect
Until you see New York from the top of the Empire State Building, you haven’t really seen the city. Soar more than a quarter of a mile into the sky for views from the Empire State Building that you'll never forget. See the sun rise over the Statue of Liberty, or the sun set over Times Square. You can even check out New York's glittering skyline at midnight; the Empire State Building observatory is open until the early hours.
The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observation Deck has a glass-enclosed pavilion and an unforgettable open-air promenade for 360-degree views of the Big Apple. Relive cinematic moments from movies such as King Kong and Sleepless in Seattle while you're at the top!
Your entrance also includes a new multimedia experience available in 8 languages. As you travel through the building with your audio and visual companion, enjoy the newly restored Art Deco lobby and murals, explore 4 educational areas, including the historical Dare to Dream exhibit and Sustainability exhibit, and learn about the historic construction of this iconic building. The app also includes videos, image galleries, quizzes, and maps showing nearby points of interest.
NYC It All Package
Upgrade your Empire State Building experience and purchase the NYC It All bundle. In addition to Empire State Building Observatory standard entrance you also get admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a 24-hour hop-on hop-off tour to explore either uptown or downtown, and your choice of either a Harbor Lights or Statue of Liberty cruise. Save money over purchasing these separately and experience the best of New York!
VIP Express Experience (May to September and December)
The lines to the Empire State Building observatories are almost as famous as the building itself. Opt for the VIP Express Experience during peak seasons and public holidays to save valuable time. An attendant will be there to greet you on the second floor and issue you with your exclusive gold VIP wristband, helping you to avoid the queues for the ticket office. Simply show your wristband to benefit from priority access on the route to or from the observatory.
Purchase from an official Empire State Building employee at the onsite ticket office on the day of arrival to move to the front of each line. Please note: Street sales agents outside of the building are not employed by the Empire State Building Observatory and are not authorized to sell Express upgrades.
- Access to the 86th Floor Observation Deck
- Audio guide (app download)
What's Not Included
- High-power binoculars are available on promenades for a minimal cost
This activity is non-refundable
Know Before You Go
Open daily from 08:00 - 02:00. Last entrance at 01:15.
Peak entrance times are between 11:00 and 14:00, as well as 1 hour before and 1 hour after sunset.
Mobile vouchers cannot be accepted. Please bring a printed copy of your voucher.
Tickets are valid for 2 years from the date on the ticket.
Please note that all guests must pass through the security line to access the Observatory.
102nd Floor Observatory: Upgrade available at Observatory ticket office (2nd floor) or 86th floor kiosk.
The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and is wheelchair-accessible. Service dogs, motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted.
Please note that the VIP Express Experience is typically only needed during peak seasons: from May to September, December, and during holidays.