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NY Skyride
350 Fifth Avenue
Manhattan
NY
10118
Tel: 212-279-9777

Directions

The Skyride is located at 350 Fifth Avenue - also know as the Empire State Building (if you can’t find it, just look up!) The entrance is on 33rd St between 5th and 6th Ave, with the attraction itself is on the second floor.

Where are we going today?

Exploring an entire city in thirty minutes and not having to worry about rushing around, traffic and bad weather?  Yes please!  

Then the NY Skyride is definitely the place for you and your family to visit.  It is New York City’s only virtual tour simulator where you can see over 35 iconic landmarks from the comfort of the cities greatest - the Empire State Building.   Your adventure will begin via a unique and specially designed platform which works in conjunction with an 18 ft HD screen.  The experience is beautifully realistic and will entertain and amaze children and adults alike as you journey around the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, United Nations, Yankee Stadium, and a tasteful, beautiful tribute to the cities lost icons - The World Trade Center. 

Actor Kevin Bacon will narrate your adventure which is comparable to taking a helicopter tour, but where fear of heights wont stand in your way. 

Since 1995 over 10 million visitors have experienced this attraction, and is perfect for children as they can learn about this great city as well as have a lot of fun feeling like they are flying!

In addition, your ticket will also get your priority access to the 86th Floor Observatory Deck so once you have learnt about all the landmarks, you can go and try spot them for yourself!

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How much does it cost?

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LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

8:00 am to 10:00 pm

365 days.

Teachers corner

Educational tours that meet the standards of the New York City and state school curriculum criteria are offered by NY Skyride, which is a great idea for your next school trip. These educational tours are available for Middle School, High School and also Summer camps. .

I'm Hungry!

There are a few eateries within the Empire State Building itself, including Europa Cafe and Starbucks, but it’s New York City! Once you have worked up an appetite flying across the city, immerse yourself in the street life and take your pick!.

Any Top Tips?

The quietest times are usually in the morning or lunchtime, but these can change. The Skyride runs from 8am - 10pm every day of the year (yes even Christmas! But check opening hours on holidays) Tickets are also valid a year from purchase so they can make great gifts for your family. .

Need a little extra help?

Push chairs and wheelchairs and happily accommodated in the Empire State Building and on the ride. New York wouldn’t be New York unless everyone could enjoy it! .

Baby Facilities

The Empire State Building is fully equipped for your babies when they need to be changed after all the excitement of flying across the city..

Can I get one of those?

Behind every great ride is a great gift shop. Stock up on your skyride souvenirs - from hats, posters, mugs and keychains - before hitting the city to show them off!.

What people are saying?

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    This review in no way reflects our visit to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. I will no doubt go up again when I visit in the future, but I won't pay the NY Skyride crooks in the street to do so again. Like others who have reviewed, we were accosted on the street with the Skyride deal by a guy with a Skyride uniform and he convinced us he was legit. We believed him and paid $61 which include a "ride," museum tour, and no lines to the top. After entering the building we were led into a small room with a large group of others to see...Read More

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    Worst tourist trap EVER!! First they promise you express to let you pass all of the wait (they told us a 30 min wait). Then they make you go through three video rooms on the history of New York City. After that you get on some stupid motion ride advertised to be IMAX. Then you come to realize that EVERYONE got the "express" and you have to wait 2-3 hours at the top. Worst experience ever!!! Please avoid this at all costs and just go straight to the actual Empire State building ticket booth!!

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    This company has employed a bunch of criminals to sell their tickets. A group of us were approached by "an authorized skyline dealer" upon our approach to the empire state building. The dealer proceeded to convince my group that for the price of $49.00 we would be able to see the virtual tour of NYC and skip the line (go through express) all the way to the top of the building. Well, the tickets were actually $61.00, which he didn't tell us until after he charged our debit cards. The virtual tour was a joke and we ended up waiting in the same hour...Read More

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    Most of you have probably read the reviews so believe it when I say watch out for the guys claiming they can get you in without falling in line. Go straight to the ticket counter at the Empire State. It's an old tourist attraction so don't get all your hopes up. But it does offer a nice view of the city.

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    AWFUL. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY- WE WERE LIED TO. We were told that we would not wait in any lines, that we would go to the top floor (we didn't- we waited half an hour in the elevator line and we were on the jam packed 86th floor with everyone else). The 'Skyride' was terrible. Out of focus and fuzzy, and will induce motion sickness in anyone. I can ride anything without feeling sick, but this was constant swooping and turning. You can't even tell what you're looking at on the screen, it's so grainy and moving all over so quickly. Be smart-...Read More

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by Jeff G

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This review in no way reflects our visit to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. I will no doubt go up again when I visit in the future, but I won't pay the NY Skyride crooks in the street to do so again. Like others who have reviewed, we were accosted on the street with the Skyride deal by a guy with a Skyride uniform and he convinced us he was legit. We believed him and paid $61 which include a "ride," museum tour, and no lines to the top. After entering the building we were led into a small room with a large group of others to see TV screens around the room that told some history about the building. We were then corralled into another small room to see another but similar show on screens. We then entered the ride, which was a motion ride in which your seat moves on a platform while you watch a "big" screen that is supposed to make you feel like you're flying around the city. The video was low resolution, and the motion was downright embarrassing. We then exited and waited in the same lines that everyone else had to wait in. The visit to the top was amazing and well worth every penny...unbelievable!!! After a great visit at the top, we went down and exited the building and see the ticket price sign and see that the "Express" ticket that allows you to go to the top without waiting in line (without the childish show we were forced to watch) is $50. We could have REALLY skipped all lines for $11 less than we paid. The guy who sold us our ticket worked for the building, because he had the same uniform on and a printer to print the tickets, so the building is the entity that is scamming people!!! I didn't understand until I saw that an investment firm owns the building now.$$$$$$ Go see the building, but don't buy your tickets from outside.

by Samantha James

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This company has employed a bunch of criminals to sell their tickets. A group of us were approached by "an authorized skyline dealer" upon our approach to the empire state building. The dealer proceeded to convince my group that for the price of $49.00 we would be able to see the virtual tour of NYC and skip the line (go through express) all the way to the top of the building. Well, the tickets were actually $61.00, which he didn't tell us until after he charged our debit cards. The virtual tour was a joke and we ended up waiting in the same hour and half long line as everyone who paid $17 dollars for their tickets. Just a complete scam. Go straight to the empire state building and buy it through them. Avoid all dealers in blue shirts!

by Kennon Saad

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AWFUL. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY- WE WERE LIED TO. We were told that we would not wait in any lines, that we would go to the top floor (we didn't- we waited half an hour in the elevator line and we were on the jam packed 86th floor with everyone else). The 'Skyride' was terrible. Out of focus and fuzzy, and will induce motion sickness in anyone. I can ride anything without feeling sick, but this was constant swooping and turning. You can't even tell what you're looking at on the screen, it's so grainy and moving all over so quickly. Be smart- go online and buy your tickets directly from the Empire State Bldg website!!!

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