About the Big Three Combo
It’s the perfect way to see most important sights in the city: The Big Three Combo includes admission to the Empire State Building, The Met and a 2-hour cruise around lower Manhattan. Choose between the 2-hour Semi-Circle Cruise or 2-hour Harbor Lights Cruise, year-round. In season, your voucher can also be used for the 75 minute Liberty Cruise or the Beast Speedboat.
Empire State Building Observatory
The Empire State Building Observatory is a famous viewing deck located on the 86th floor of the landmark New York City office building. Renowned for its panoramic views of New York City, the Observatory has been featured in classic films like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle.
Visitors can enjoy sweeping vistas of Manhattan and surrounding areas – including Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey – from both the outdoor, open-air deck and the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled viewing area that comprise the 86th Floor Observatory. Landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park are all visible on clear days from the Empire State Building Observatory, which towers 1,050 feet above the city streets below.
Those who enjoy live jazz music may wish to visit the Empire State Building Observatory during the roving saxophone performances that take place on the open-air deck every Thursday, Friday and Saturday that weather permits. The saxophonist plays from 10pm to 1am and takes song requests.
The second floor features a multimedia exhibition focused on the Empire State Building's present, highlighting the recent renovations that have transformed this historic landmark into a modern model of environmental sustainability. The 80th floor takes a look at the Empire State Building's past, featuring an exhibit detailing the construction effort and the men who built it, with lots of cool old photos interspersed with fun facts. Visitors will also have access to one gift shop on their way up and another one – filled with Empire State Building-themed souvenirs – on their way down.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Skip the line! The Big Three Combo gets you priority-entrance admission to the Met collection, all special exhibitions and all public guided tours.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, one of the most iconic art museums in the world and one of New York City’s most visited attractions. Over two million square feet in area, with more than two million works of art, the quantity of art here is second only to the quality of art. From legendary works by Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh to vibrant modern art by Pollock and Noguchi, to dazzling displays of jewelry and costumes and an entire Egyptian temple, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a breathtaking, and dizzying, vista of the world's greatest treasures.
The Big Three Combo also includes your choice of one of the following Circle Line cruises:
There’s so much to see and so little time but Circle Line’s Semi-Circle cruise serves up the city’s “Greatest hits’” (i.e., the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and more) with the greatest ease on a comfortable two-hour ride. Departing from 42nd Street on the West Side, the Semi-Circle cruise heads down the Hudson, around the tip of the island, under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and back. You’ll also cruise past the Statue of Liberty twice. The return trip ensures that guests on both sides of the boat get unobstructed views and offers a second chance at those perfect, classic New York photo ops.
Harbor Lights Cruise
Few things are more romantic than the New York City skyline by night and there’s no better way to experience this romance than on the two-hour Harbor Lights Cruise. The stars you see out in big sky country are nothing compared to the bright lights of Broadway, the warm glow of the setting sun, and the flickers emanating from the many skyscrapers and bridges – reminders that this is the city that never sleeps. And while Lady Liberty has her charms, the Brooklyn Bridge by night is the perfect scene for a little romance.
By the time the 75-minute Liberty Cruise docks, you’ll have seen some of the most important sights in American history: Ellis Island, the rising tower at One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. Smart and entertaining tour guides are on hand to narrate the trip and fill out the skyline with historical color. Approaching the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with visitors from the world over allows passengers to put themselves in the shoes of immigrants (and perhaps, relatives), who were arriving at the “Gateway to the New World” for the first time.
The 70-foot craft speeds down to the Statue of Liberty at up to 45 miles an hour (it feels a lot faster on the water). Hold on--and be prepared--because getting wet is part of the package. Note, the Beast does not roar on rainy days or during the colder months. From its fearsome paint job to the way it jumps wakes, the Beast itself is the star of this ride. More adventurous tweens, teens and families (who don’t mind getting wet) will love this 30-minute spin to the Statue of Liberty.
Families are sure to enjoy the Empire State Building Observatory, with its gorgeous views of New York City, storied cinematic history and location in one of Manhattan's most iconic landmarks. Romantic couples may enjoy a nighttime visit, especially on the weekends when a roving saxophonist takes song requests on the 86th Floor Observatory's outside deck.
The Met is perfect for anyone who loves, likes, or is even remotely interested in art and history. It’s one of the the city’s top attractions and an essential stop for visitors seeking a quintessential New York experience.
And whether you’re a family looking for a quick-and-easy photo op with Lady Liberty, a visitor looking for a luxurious cruise of the entire island of Manhattan (and all its top attractions) or a romantic looking to get down on one knee against a backdrop of the skyline by night, one of these Circle Line cruises will be right for you
Empire State Building Observatory Location Information:
350 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10118
The Big Three Combo vouchers can be redeemed at:
Empire State Building Observatory
350 Fifth Ave.
B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34 St./Herald Sq.