The 86th Floor Observatory
The 86th Floor Observatory


Empire State Building Tickets 101: Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you plan to visit New York City's most authentic attraction, the Empire State Building Observatory? Whether you're a local who wants to explore your own city or a tourist who will visit the Big Apple for the first time, ESB offers unparalleled views from the heart of New York City, a range of ticket options, and a seamless ticketing process to create an unforgettable experience.

Delve deeper into the different available ticket types and prepare to elevate your trip to the "World's Most Famous Building!"

Why book Empire State Building Tickets online?

Your time is valuable. Our ESB ticket page allows you to purchase your tickets online to save time and allow for a seamless experience. With just a few clicks, you can discover your ticket options, make your reservations, and even explore add-ons like a prix-fixe meal at the in-building STATE Grill & Bar or Tacombi. Guests who book their tickets online can easily manage their reservations, add tickets to their Apple Wallet, and earn points and exclusive NFTs through ESB's Ambassador Program.

A family takes in the views at ESB

Empire State Building Tickets: The Options

The right ticket choice for your Empire State Building visit can enhance your experience and make it unforgettable. Learn more about the ticket options below:

86th Floor Observatory

This ticket grants access to ESB's immersive museum and iconic 86th Floor Observatory, where you can take in the unmatched view of New York City. From this height, you'll see landmarks like Central Park, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty. Take stunning photos or simply soak up the sights.

The 102nd Floor Observatory

86th and 102nd Floor Observatory

Want to take it to the next level? Choose the ticket that includes access to the museum along with both the 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories. The 102nd Floor Observatory offers an elevated viewpoint that allows you to see six states on a clear day through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Admire the Empire State Building's architecture and gaze upon the city's skyline from the top.

A couple toasts in the celebrity green room

Premium Experiences

If you're after a more exclusive visit, a premium experience is for you. These tickets offer additional benefits like skip-the-line access, priority elevator service, and access to exclusive areas not available to regular ticket holders. Live the red-carpet lifestyle with a Champagne toast in the celebrity green room and get a peek behind-the-scenes in the All-Access Tour, or experience an unforgettable sunrise on the 86th Floor Observatory with a cup of ESB Microblend from the building's Starbucks Reserve.

Movie Nights

Experience the Empire State Building in a unique way with our special movie nights. Watch classic movies that were filmed at or feature the "World's Most Famous Building" like "Sleepless in Seattle," "Elf," and "An Affair to Remember" high above New York City on the building's 80th Floor. Guests who purchase movie night tickets will receive complimentary drinks and snacks and access to ESB's museum along with the 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories.


Choose the ticket that matches your preferences and make the most of your visit to the Empire State Building. Each ticket option offers a unique experience for memories that will last a lifetime.

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