About the New York Icons
There are certain must-sees that most visitors to New York have on their itinerary: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial and, of course, the Empire State Building. Here's a great way to see the best of New York land and sea in one fell swoop: the New York Icons pass, which includes both the Circle Line's popular Liberty Cruise, as well as admission to the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory and the multi-media sustainability exhibit at the second floor visitor center.
Circle Line’s Liberty Cruise lets travelers experience all these historical sites from the unique vantage point of the water. The dramatic Manhattan skyline looks even more majestic from the water, and on a clear day, passengers can see the Empire State Building and get a peek at some of the different eras of architecture found in the city. From Art Deco to Neo Gothic to sleek modern skyscrapers crafted of glass and iron, the city has them all. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides provide commentary as the ship cruises down the Hudson, past the 9/11 Memorial site. Then the ship slips into the Harbor and cruises by Ellis Island, the complex where so many of our ancestors entered this country. After that, it’s a close-up look at one of the city's most famous residents, the Statue of Liberty. Given to the people of New York by the French in 1886, Lady Liberty measures 111 feet and one inch, from head to toes. Her nose is four and a half feet long, and her waist is 36 feet in circumference.
The Empire State Building Observatory is a world-famous viewing deck located on the 86th floor of the landmark New York City office building. Renowned for its panoramic views of New York, the Observatory has been featured in classic films like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. Here, 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. 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. Coin-operated viewing machines can be found at various points along the outdoor deck of the Empire State Building Observatory. They are fitted with high-power binoculars that offer magnified views of the sights around you, including the Chrysler Building, Manhattan Bridge and Ellis Island. Make sure to bring quarters, the only coins that can be used to operate the viewing machines.
The Empire State Building's second floor features a multimedia exhibition focused on the building's present, highlighting the recent renovations that have transformed this historic landmark into a modern model of environmental sustainability.
Circle Line's Liberty Cruise is 75 minutes long. You can spend as much time as you like at the Empire State Building.
Upon redemption, guest will receive admission to the Observatory. Ticket vouchers for admission to the Circle Line Cruise is valid for up to 14 days.
Travelers in a time crunch will appreciate the practicality of being able to see all of the major New York City tourist attractions in one 75-minute trip. 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.
Good for kids?
Because the Liberty Cruise is only one hour and fifteen minutes long, most children will enjoy this. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory is great for kids of all ages.
Empire State Building
Open Daily until 2am
Circle Line Liberty Cruise
January 1, 2014 – April 25, 2014: Daily at 10am
April 26, 2014 – September 1, 2014: Daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
September 2, 2014 – October 26, 2014: Daily at 10:45am, 1:30pm, 4pm
October 27, 2014 – December 31, 2014: Daily at 10am
January 1, 2015 – March 13, 2015: Daily at 10:30am
Empire State Building Observatory Location Information:
350 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10118
Empire State Building
350 5th Ave., New York, NY 10118
B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34 St./Herald Sq.
Liberty Cruise – Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Begins and ends: Pier 83, at West 42nd St. and 12th Ave.
N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St./Times Square (at Seventh Ave.); A, C, E to 42nd St./Times Square (at Eighth Ave.). Then walk or take M42 bus west to 12th Avenue.
Liberty Cruise details
Snack foods, soda, water, beer and wine are available onboard. Guests are also welcome to bring along their own snacks and drinks. The Liberty Tour is one of the rare tourist attractions in New York where smoking is allowed in designated areas.