Eat and Play Wednesday: Empire State Building & NY SkyRide


Welcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at NY Skyride/Empire State Building Combo who offers 20% off with the card.


The Empire State Building is a 103 story skyscraper that began construction in 1929 and was completed in 1931. Since its creation the empire state building stood as the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years until the completion of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1970. It wasn’t until the 9/11 attacks that the empire state building was once again the tallest building in New York. After the building of the one world trade center, the empire state building has lost its title as tallest building in New York making it the fourth tallest building in the United States and the 23 tallest building in the world. Today the empire state building is looked at as an American cultural icon.

NY Skyride is located in the Empire State Building and opened in 1994 to compliment the observation deck. The NY Skyride is a 25 minute motion simulator attraction that simulates an aerial tour over the city of New York. Since its inception the simulator has gone through two incarnations. The original version ran from 1994 to 2002 and featured James Doohan, the original ‘Scotty’ from Star Trek, as the planes air pilot.  After 9/11 the simulator was closed for a while until it made its return mid-2002. The simulator returned with a new aerial pilot in Kevin Bacon and was more educational as opposed to the humorous tones of the original.

Operating Info

Empire State Building is open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. -2 a.m.

NY Skyride is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission when you combo both the Skyride and the Empire State Building.

5 Quick Facts

  • The NY Skyride is open 365 days a year
  • The minimum height for the NYC Skyride is 36 inches
  • The NYC Skyride is located on the second floor of the Empire State building
  • The NYC Skyride is shown ever 15 – 20 minutes
  • NY Skyride highlights: Yankee Stadium, Roosevelt Island, WTC, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online here, or in person at our visitors’ center at 777 8th Avenue.


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