This post is about tips on visiting The Edge, an observation deck suspended in mid-air above Hudson Yards in Manhattan.
We include information on tickets, as well as tips for discounts, how to plan your visit, and the City Climb Experience.
WHY CHOOSE THE EDGE OBSERVATION DECK?
Before we get into tickets and discounts, let's go over why you might choose The Edge at Hudson Yards over the other observation decks in NYC, and why you should trust us.
One thing Edge has that is unique among all the observation decks in New York City is the glass floor area you can walk across.
This might actually be a turn-off for some visitors, but luckily this feature only takes up a very small square built into the deck, so you don't have to walk over it or look down.
That said, if you're interested in the thrill, this is an excellent chance to see an incredible NYC view from over 1,000 feet above the street!
Panoramic Views of Other Notable Buildings
We are local NYC tour guides and we run a very popular travel group on Facebook, so we hear firsthand from visitors and those who are planning to visit.
We write our posts from first-hand experience because we regularly visit observation decks like The Edge with our guests.
And we know that it can be very hard to choose between the five great observation decks in the city.
With so many different observation decks in New York City, you might wonder what exactly makes Edge better than all the rest.
We like all of them, but there are elements of Edge that make it unique from all the other decks in the city.
Below are a few reasons to consider The Edge over other similar attractions.
The group consists of locals, like our tour guides, regular visitors to NYC, as well as newbies.
You don't need to be a member of our group in order to read what others say and suggest.
A link can be found at the end of this post.
Tickets Include Discounts
Each Edge ticket can be used for additional discounts at the shops and restaurants of Hudson Yards.
Even if you're not planning to do much shopping, there are a few deals that include a free chocolate bar or brownie just for making one small purchase.
If you're looking for a snack or want to sip champagne before or after your visit to this edge sky deck, these discounts could save you a bit of money while grabbing a bite to eat or visiting a champagne bar.
Visit the Vessel
Also located at Hudson Yards, this attraction is an interesting monument designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio.
Unlike other monuments in New York City, this is one you can climb.
There are actually around 2,500 individual steps up the tower and 80 different landings.
Best of all, they actually offer free tickets to this attraction, so you might get the chance to visit without paying a dime!
Find out more on our post covering The Vessel.
The Edge at Hudson Yards TICKETS
There are two types of tickets: General Admission and Edge Flex Pass.
Both types of tickets include:
- 360-degree views of New York from the indoor deck on 100th floor
- access to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere
- access to the thrilling Glass Floor, Angled Glass Walls, Skyline Steps, and Eastern Point
- a free digital souvenir photo
- unlimited time to visit
General Admission tickets give you a specific date/time slot that you can enter the Edge.
The Edge Flex Pass allows you to enter at any time on your selected date.
There are add-ons available, like a glass of champagne for $16 and a personalized photo book for $22.
The prices below are for online, in-advance tickets.
- Adult (13-61) $38
- Child (6-12) $33
- Children 5 and under are free
- Senior (62+) $36
Edge Flex Pass Prices
- Adult (13-61) $58
- Child (6-12) $53
- Children 5 and under are free
- Senior (62+) $56
All tickets are subject to the NY Sales tax of approximately 9%. All sales are final.
TIP: General admission tickets are included for free with the purchase of the New York Sightseeing Pass and the New York Flex Pass. Read our discount section below.
EDGE TICKET DISCOUNTS
This section will provide a list of discounts you can use to save some money on tickets for Edge.
We'll also include details about deals that may not currently be available that you might want to call and ask about before making a decision.
1. NYC City Passes
Why pick which view you want to experience the most when you can literally enjoy them all for one flat price?
These passes work by bundling together dozens of attractions and tours into one discounted price. They can save you up to 55% off of retail ticket prices.
These passes include the following attractions:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Empire State Buildings, Top of the Rock, or One World Observatory
- Madame Tussauds
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- American Museum of Natural History
- Museum of Modern Art
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Read our post comparing the various discount passes to see which one, if any, is best for you.
2. New York Sightseeing Pass Deals
In addition to being offered by other tourist passes, both the New York Sightseeing Pass and the New York Flex Pass provide not only admission to Edge Observation Deck but also several discounts at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.
Here are all the deals you can enjoy with these passes:
- AG Adriano Goldschmied | 20% off
- Atelier Cologne | Free gift w/ $135 purchase
- Athleta | 20% off one full-price item
- Bluestone Lane | 15% off
- Camp | One free kid's activity
- Cartier | Free glass of champagne
- Dylan's Candy Bar | $5 off purchase of $25
- Fendi | Freestyling session
- H&M | 20% off one item
- Jo Malone | 15% off purchase of $200
- Kiehl's | Free consultation and deluxe sample w/ purchase
- Li-Lac Chocolates | Free chocolate bar w/ purchase
- Mack Weldon | Free gift w/ purchase of $100
- Mercado Little Spain | $5 off purchase of $25
- Molton Brown | Free consultation and gift bag
- Origins | Free sample w/ purchase
- Pandora | 10% off purchase of $125
- Ray-Ban | 20% off your entire purchase
- Scanlan Theodore | Free glass of champagne
- Suitsupply | Freestyling appointment and basic alterations
- Tumi | Free monogramming on some purchases
- Vitra Eyewear | 50% off all Rx lenses
If you're planning to visit any of these stores while you're in the area, this pass could help you save a few extra bucks.
3. Military Discount
There is a discount for active and retired members of the U.S. military.
To book, please contact customer service at (332) 204-8500. You can also email them via their website.
4. New York City Residents
Receive a $2 discount when you buy an adult ticket online.
5. Combo Packages
There are a few combo packages that allow you to save money by combining Hudson Yard Tickets with admission to other popular attractions in NYC:
- Edge + Statue of Liberty
- Edge + Rockefeller & Times Square Tour
- Edge + 9/11 Memorial Museum or Statue of Liberty
Make sure to compare prices, because while some combo packages will provide a decent discount, others aren't as good of a deal.
6. Discount Sites
In addition to whatever discount they may offer, you can usually save an extra 10% - 20% off local activities using one of their coupon codes, which they will display in a banner at the top of the page.
7. Senior Discount
Visitors who are over the age of 62 will be eligible for a $2 discount on all tickets. All you have to do is provide proof of your age!
8. Children's Discount
Parents with children between the ages of 6 - 12 can save an extra $5 on all tickets. Children 5 and under will actually be granted free entry!
9. Student Discount
Unfortunately, there currently are no student discounts available for Edge.
This could change in the future, and you should call and ask them before purchasing a ticket just to make sure.
10. Teacher Discount
There is no discount for educators/professors at the moment, but that could change in the future.
Call ahead and ask about this type of discount just to make sure.
11. Ticket Holder Discounts
Once you have a ticket, you might be surprised to learn it actually includes a shopping and dining pass.
All you have to do is show your pass at the included locations and you'll enjoy a lower price at several shops and restaurants, including the following opportunities:
- Dylan's Candy Bar (Hudson Yards) - $5 off $25, $10 off $50, and $20 off $100 purchase.
- Brooks Brothers (Hudson Yards) - $25 off any full-price item purchase of $150 or more.
- H&M (Hudson Yards) - $20% off one item.
- Pandora (Hudson Yards) - 10% off purchases of $125 or more.
- Ray-Ban (Hudson Yards) - 15% off any purchase.
- Li-Lac Chocolates (Hudson Yards) - Free chocolate bar with any purchase.
- Bouchon Bakery (Hudson Yards) - Free brownie with a purchase of $10 or more.
- Hudson Yards Grill - Free glass of Prosecco with Dinner Entree.
- Bar Stanley at Nieman Marcus (Hudson Yards) - 20% off your entire dining experience, excluding alcohol.
- Learn more about all the discounts.
Where is Edge?
At 30 Hudson Yards, one of NYC's newest neighborhoods, is on the west side of Midtown Manhattan at the southwest corner of 33rd Street and 10th Avenue, right on the bank of the Hudson River.
Use this Google link to map directions from your starting location.
Edge is open every day 365 days a year from 10 am - 10 pm.
The nearby Vessel at Hudson Yards is worth a visit! It is open every day from 10 am to 9 pm.
Read our post on how to get tickets to The Vessel.
If you're looking for an even more exhilarating experience from The Edge, City Climb will take you higher up on the building than even The Edge observation deck!
In addition to having the opportunity to climb up the side of the skyscraper, you'll also have the chance to literally hang off the side of the building, suspended by a harness and kept safe by experienced staff members.
Although this activity is not for the faint of heart, it's definitely one of the more exciting experiences in this city, and you can learn more about how to get tickets on our post covering what to expect at City Climb NYC.
SKY SKATE AT EDGE
Glide across the ice at New York City's highest skating rink! This indoor 1,024-square-foot ice rink offered the same views of the city as the Edge deck.
Sky Skate was open from January 10, 2023, to March 14, 2023. Daily skate sessions were from 10 am to 8 pm.
Skate sessions were 30 minutes long and your ticket includes Edge admission and free skate rental.
How to Purchase Tickets
- Adult (13-61) $48
- Child (6-12) $43
- Senior (62+) $36
- Visiting during peak days is an additional $6 per ticket.
- Visiting during sunset is an additional $10 per ticket.
All tickets are subject to the NY Sales tax of approximately 9%. All sales are final.
We are waiting to see if this will return for Winter 2023-2024.
RESTAURANTS BY THE EDGE OBSERVATION DECK
The Hudson Yards complex has plenty of retail, dining, a champagne bar, and other amenities.
The restaurants are a diverse mix of cuisines from around the world brought by big-name chefs.
A more down-to-earth dining option is The Grill, which will boast a mouth-watering burger, salads, sushi, and pasta.
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee offers ethically sourced, organic coffee and vegan bakery items.
Other restaurants include include Spanish tapas, Greek seafood, and Japanese cuisine.
FACTS ABOUT THE EDGE
What is the best time to go to Edge NYC?
The answer totally depends on one's preference. Some people visit Edge at sunrise or sunset to witness panoramic views and the hues of the sky.
Others prefer daytime for clear visibility and nighttime to get mesmerized by sparkling night and starry views.
It's also worth noting that this and other observation decks are usually much better during the summer months than in winter, as clouds and bad weather can impact whether or not you get the best view.
Is the Edge better at day or night?
The daytime is better if you want to watch more city details with fewer crowds and sometimes cheaper tickets.
At night, you will enjoy an incredible view of the city with its glittering lights from the buildings, but with more crowds and higher ticket prices.
How long is the elevator ride to Edge NYC?
The elevator ride to Edge NYC is quick and takes about 60 seconds. The elevator has a digital screen that displays a virtual journey of NYC.
How long do people spend at the Edge?
The average length of stay is 45 minutes to one hour at Edge, but there is no standard time limit.
You can stay as long as you want and enjoy the panoramic views from different angles and perspectives, take photos and videos, sit at the top of the Skyline Stairs and sip champagne, and shop for souvenirs,
Can you be late to Edge NYC?
You can be late to Edge NYC but might be delayed until the next available slot. You should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time to avoid any delay.
If you arrive late, contact the available staff.
How many floors up is the Edge?
The Edge is on the 100th floor, located at 30 Hudson Yards, a skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. The Edge is one of the highest sky decks worldwide.
How do I book the Edge with a city pass?
A city pass is a ticket that offers you a discount over multiple attractions in NYC.
To book the Edge with a city pass, confirm your online reservation for the Edge and bring both your city pass as well as reservation confirmation at the time of entrance.
For more information about this service, please read our post covering New York City passes.
Is the Edge worth it?
Yes, many visitors feel that the Edge is worth spending your time and money on.
It offers a view of NYC from the 101st floor of a skyscraper, a thrilling glass floor experience, panoramic views, and much more.
Read our complete post, Is Edge NYC Worth It? to see the reasons why one of our local guides gave Edge the thumbs up!