The Empire State Building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue, New York. Please make sure you enter the Empire State Building through the 33rd Street entrance (not the main 5th Avenue entrance).
When you arrive to visit the Observatory and SKYRIDE, you will be directed to the security line and will then travel by escalator to the second floor. On the second floor, you must go to the ticket sales window (NY SKYRIDE Box Office) to exchange your voucher and receive your tickets both for the Observatory and the NY SKYRIDE.
If you decide to start with the Observatory you will experience unforgettable views on the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building. At 1,050 feet or 320 meters above the city's bustling streets, the Observatory offers breath-taking panoramas from within a temperature-controlled, glass-enclosed area or from the surrounding open-air promenade.
Enjoy stupendous vistas across the five boroughs of New York. To the north you can see the vast expanse of Central Park, to the south, Lower Manhattan, all the way to the Statue of Liberty. On a clear day visitors can see up to 130 kilometers, viewing the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Your combo ticket also gives you the Fast Track program enabling you to bypass 75% of the Empire State Building Observatory waiting line at all times!
When you've seen the bustling City from high up, head for the NY SKYRIDE for one of the most exciting experiences in New York. Since it opened in 1994, the NY SKYRIDE has quickly become one of the City's ‘must-do’ attractions. It takes you on a high-definition IMAX-style adventure tour of the Big Apple narrated by actor Kevin Bacon. Seated on a specially designed platform in a motion-simulated, big screen theatre, you will have a New York sightseeing experience like no other.
The total presentation takes approximately 30 minutes. It starts with two pre-shows, which are dedicated to New York City, and a short safety video.
Then, you will begin your amazing ‘tour’. In 12 minutes, through the magic of flight simulation, you will ‘fly over’ over 30 famous New York landmarks without ever leaving the second floor of the Empire State Building. ‘Buzz’ the Brooklyn Bridge, ‘soar’ above the Statue of Liberty, ‘cruise’ through Central Park and ‘splash’ into the South Street Seaport. It’s a whole lot of fun.
The tour ends at the Empire State Building.