Empire State Building announces new ‘All Access Tour’

The Empire State Building has announced a brand-new premium ticket offering, the “All Access Tour” – an exclusive guided tour of the landmark, featuring areas that are normally off-limits to general ticket holders.

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Go behind the velvet ropes of the Empire State Building with this brand-new tour.

Available only through online reservations for up to six, guests will start their Empire State experience in the Celebrity Entrance corridor, which offers private access to its green room.

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Here, guests will enjoy complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, see memorabilia gifted by celebrities, and commemorate their visit with a selfie at the Halo Photo Booth. A chilled bottle of Veuve Cliquot is also available for an extra charge.

After visiting the green room, everyone will head out on a private tour that includes a visit to the new guest-only entrance on 34th Street, where they will receive a complimentary photo in front of the 25-foot model of the building.

The tour also includes a behind-the-scenes look at archival construction photos on the Concourse level, a visit to the 86th floor open-air Observatory, and to finish the experience, a visit to the resorted Art Deco Fifth Avenue lobby.

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“As the Empire State Building continues to evolve and improve the experience for our guests, we are excited to launch the ‘All Access Tour,’ which takes you behind the velvet ropes,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, senior vice president of the Observatory. “The ‘All Access Tour’ provides everyone that reserves a space with the same treatment that celebrities and other distinguished guests receive when they visit the iconic landmark.”

The new All Access Tour is available five times each day, Monday – Sunday, and costs $500 per person. Reservations are available now at ESBNYC.com.


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  1. Well at $500 a person they should be treated like celebrities, but at that price you almost have to be a celebrity to afford it. Think that is kind of sad.