Discover the amazing view from the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory!

Anything this good is worth the wait! What more can be said about a feeling, a thrill and a memory that stays with you for the rest of your life. A person once said, "You can live in New York all your life, but until you see it from the top of the Empire State Building, you haven't seen the city."

This is a great place to bring the family - and an especially amazing place to witness the wonder in a child's eyes the first time he gazes from horizon to horizon taking in this metropolis of millions.

High powered binoculars are available on the promenades for the convenience of visitors at a minimal cost.

Your ticket also includes "Tony's New York," easy-to-use Official Audio Guide of the Empire State Building.

Rates - including tax

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Tour / Activity Details

Please note: Time shown on Availability Calendar is for booking purposes only. The Observatory is open from 8:00 am until 2:00 am daily with the last elevator going up at 1:15 am.

Rates do not include hotel pick up. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Holiday Operating Hours:

  • July 4th: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm - 2:00 am (Tickets are not valid for fireworks)
  • Thanksgiving: 8:00 am - 2:00 am (regular hours)
  • Christmas Eve: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Christmas Day: 8:00 am - 2:00 am (regular hours)
  • New Year’s Eve: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • New Year’s Day: 8:00 am - 2:00 am (regular hours)

New York's famous Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan.

Each year over 3.5 million people are whisked to the 86th floor to be where Cary Grant waited in vain for Deborah Kerr in an "Affair to Remember," while Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan had their fateful meeting in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle." The observatory is handicap accessible.

The building, one of New York City's main tourist attractions, offers a variety of activities for its visitors. You can tour the Observatory 365 days per year, day and night, rain or shine for breathtaking views of Manhattan and beyond. Also, there are two restaurants, a sushi bar, three coffee shops, a drug store, a Hallmark card shop, a post office and two banks, in addition to the plethora of restaurants and nightlife activities in the surrounding area.

For the family, there is the New York SKYRIDE, an independently owned and operated simulated helicopter ride and virtual-reality movie theater. There are also several art exhibits for all to view in the lobby, including the addition of items from Fay Wray's private collection of photographs, posters and "King Kong" memorabilia permanently displayed in two lobby showcase windows. Many concerts and holiday-based shows/decorations are scheduled year-round as well as special annual events such as the ESB Run-up and Valentine's Day Weddings.

All in all, the feeling and spirit of New York City is embodied in the Empire State Building. From the people who fell in love here, to the ones who have returned with their children and grandchildren, everyone recognizes the building not only as an awe-inspiring landmark which offers one of the most spectacular views on earth but an unequaled symbol of American ingenuity and Art Deco architecture.

Audio Guide - Tony's New York" is the easy-to-use Official Audio Guide of the Empire State Building. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, with crystal clear sound, it's separated into six segments of approximately 3 1/2 minutes each. Enjoy the convenience of stopping, re-starting, and skipping around from view to view, on your own time.

Important: Everyone must go through the security check when entering the building. No glass items are permitted to be taken to the Observatory. Cameras and camcorders are allowed but no tripods. ONLY carry-on size and style bags, suitcases, backpacks, duffel bags, luggage, etc., are not permitted. There is not a coat check, package, baggage check or holding area, so please do not attempt to bring non-carry-on style luggage to the Observatory.

Rates do not include hotel pick up. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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