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

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

Choose between a General Admission ticket and the Express Ticket option. 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

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New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 6 Top Attractions

2. New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 6 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. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York’s most visited museum and attraction.  The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.  At the Met’s uptown branch, The Met Cloisters, explore the art, architecture, and gardens and medieval Europe.  4. 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.

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New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

3. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

Use The New York Pass on your phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 100 New York tourist attractions. It’s a bit like an “all you can eat” buffet; once you’ve bought your New York Pass, you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass, and the more sights you see, the more money you save. The New York Pass records when and where you first use it, as well as how long it will remain valid. This means your pass is activated the moment that you first use it at any attraction or service. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of days that you've purchased.  The full list of attractions: POPULAR EXPERIENCES• Empire State Building• Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour• Top of the Rock Observation Deck• 9/11 Memorial & Museum• Edge (Hudson Yards)• One World Observatory• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Circle Line: Best of New York Cruise• Madame Tussauds New York• Central Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Guggenheim Museum MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Metropolitan Museum of Art• MoMA - Museum of Modern Art• Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum• Museum of Sex• Museum of Ice Cream• Whitney Museum of American Art• Fotografiska New York• 9/11 Tribute Center & Audio Tour• Museum of the City of New York• New York Historical Society• Museum of Arts and Design• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Skyscraper Museum• New York Transit Museum• Fraunces Tavern Museum• New York Hall of Science• Brooklyn Museum of Art• Museum at Eldridge Street• The Met: Cloisters• International Center of Photography• MOMA PS 1• Museum of American Finance• Staten Island Museum• Paley Center for Media• Museum of Chinese in America• Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum FAMILY-FRIENDLY• Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• The RIDE• Marvel & DC Superheroes Walking Tour by Top Dog Tours NYC• Yankee Stadium Tour• LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Westchester• Staten Island Zoo• South Street Seaport Museum• Staten Island Children’s Museum• Escape Virtuality• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Bike Rental (Pier 84) by Blazing Saddles• Harlem Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Hudson River Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Governor's Island Surrey Rental by Blazing Saddles• HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Casino Resort• NYC Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours (seasonal) HIDDEN GEMS• New York Botanical Garden• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Jazz Series – Tuesday and Friday• New Museum• El Museo del Barrio• Manhattan by Sail: Shearwater Classic Schooner• Cathedral of St. John the Divine• Snug Harbor Botanical Garden- Staten Island• Brooklyn Botanical Garden• Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour• New York Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• Masters of The Camera: NYC Rooftop Photoshoot TOURS & CRUISES• Madison Square Garden All Access Tour• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Carnegie Hall Tours• Circle Line: Harbor Lights Cruise• Circle Line: Landmark Cruise• The DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE• The TOUR• SoHo - Little Italy - Chinatown Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Manhattan by Sail: Clipper City Tall Ships Cruise• Inside Broadway Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• High Line Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour (Pier 17) by Blazing Saddles• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Secrets of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Graffiti Street Art Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Central Park Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Central Park Walking Tour by On Location Tours• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour by On Location Tours• Pride Walking Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Wednesday Service) by Harlem One Stop• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service) by Inside Out Tours• Harlem Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Cultural Walking Tours of Harlem by Harlem One Stop• Greenwich Village Walking Tour by NY Tours 1 FOOD & DRINK• Food on Foot Tour• Queens - Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion• Spirits on Foot - Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Taste of NY: Chinatown Pork Bun (by Museum of Chinese in America)• Taste of NY: Bagel & Cream Cheese from Davidovich Bakery• Taste of NY: Beer at Brooklyn Brewery Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guidebook or The New York Pass website for an up to date list of included experiences.

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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

4. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • The MET Museum• 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• The Met Cloisters• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Ice Cream• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York EXPERIENCES• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• Edge• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality TOURS• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (choice of 1 tour)• Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour FOOD AND DRINK• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion CRUISES• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

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New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

5. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets The classic 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket starts in Midtown Manhattan and includes two loops, Downtown and Uptown. The Downtown loop is the best way to explore Lower Manhattan. See popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Hop off and enjoy a walk through Chinatown and Little Italy. Wander around Wall St. to see the infamous Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown then shop till you drop at all the high-end or boutique stores SoHo is famous for. The Uptown Loop starts from Times Square North and takes you on a journey through the Upper East Side, along Central Park, and down Museum Mile. Discover the famous landmarks of Uptown Manhattan such as MoMA, The Met, Central Park, and Colombus Circle.

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NYC: Empire State Building AM/PM Experience Ticket

6. NYC: Empire State Building AM/PM Experience 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.

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From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

7. From Westchester: Shared Helicopter Tour over New York City

Choose a 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight and lift off from Westchester Airport, reaching New York City airspace in just a few minutes. The skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. On the 30-minute tour, skilled pilots will dazzle you with amazing aerial views of Midtown Manhattan, Central Park, Hudson River, Yankee Stadium, outside of game times, and more. On the 45-minute tour, you’ll have views of the Downtown Manhattan/Statue of Liberty area as well, including the Freedom Tower, Financial District, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. This is in addition to all sights seen on the 30-minute tour. Yankee Stadium is accessible outside game times only. In case of poor weather or aircraft maintenance, the operator will notify the customer at least 2 hours before the scheduled flight. Tours depart and arrive at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, a relaxed, crowd-free location just outside NYC. It’s easily accessed by public transit, the Metro-North rail, and by car with free parking available.

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New York City: Private Helicopter Flight

8. New York City: Private Helicopter Flight

Get panoramic views of New York City and its amazing monuments by day or night on a private 30 or 45-minute helicopter flight. Fly over Manhattan aboard an aircraft for up to 5 people and discover the city like a bird with your family or friends. Escape the crowds as you depart from Westchester County Airport, located in tranquil White Plains just outside New York City. Catch the Metro-North rail line or avail of the free parking if you choose to come by car. Listen to a safety briefing on arrival before climbing aboard the helicopter for take-off. Tours depart and arrive at Westchester County Airport Sit back and soak up the stunning aerial views, revealed straight away as you fly over the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and head over Manhattan. Admire iconic skyscrapers such as the famous Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. See Central Park from above and look down on the East River bridges.

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NYC: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket

9. 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.

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NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

10. NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

Explore the west side of Manhattan on a guided tour. Walk the Highline, and climb to the top of the Vessel. Stop into the Chelsea Markets and check out the world-class food vendors. Meet your guide in the Meat Packing District. Enjoy a scenic walk through the High Line, one of Manhattan’s most unique parks. Built on top of a former elevated freight train track, the tracks were turned into a greenway in 2009. Stroll down this 1.45-mile path and take in unique views of the city – you’ll feel as if your floating above the city streets. Admire the colorful gardens filled with grasses, perennials and woody species which were inspired by the wildflowers that grew on the disused tracks. View the park’s installation art pieces. Discover the Hudson Yards, and see the Vessel, “New York’s Staircase.” This honeycomb shaped 150-foot tall art piece can accommodate up to 1000 people at a time. Upgrade your tour by adding an optional admission ticket to the Edge Observation Deck. Climb to the top of its world-famous Observation Deck and check out spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get There / Hours

    The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Ave, between 33rd and 34th Street. It opens at 8am and the last elevator to the top leaves at 1:15 AM; the building closes at 2:00 AM. The nearest subway is the 6 train to 33rd Street; B/D/F, Q, or 1/2/3 to 34th Street.

  • The Best Time to Visit the Empire State Building

    The views will be astounding day or night. If you go at night, you get the romantic city lights all around you. But by day, you get to see the geography and outline of the city below. It's up to you!

  • Skipping the Line

    The Empire State Building is known for its lines. Ticket lines, security lines, and then the line for the elevator up to the 86th Floor observatory. The best way to skip the ticket line is to buy one online in advance. You can even buy an express pass and fast track your way up on the elevator. Keep in mind you will need to go through security. No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:00 AM-2:00 AM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Between $30-40.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    The nearest subway station is 33rd Street - keep walking until you get to 5th Avenue.
  • Additional information

    • No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed through security.

    • Don't forget your camera - you'll want to take some of the best photographs ever!

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