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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

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    What to Expect
    Stepping into the lobby of the Empire State Building is an experience of its own, with restored art deco ceiling murals and one of the most famous images of the building above the front desk.

    At the entrance to the second floor, pass through a security checkpoint, and experience hands-on exhibits with dramatic storytelling, from ESB construction to its current iconic status in pop culture. Watch short film clips through telescopes, use interactive touch screens, and step into a simulation of an original elevator for a virtual ride to the 102nd floor. Then head to the surround-sound theater to see film and TV clips that feature the Empire State Building.

    Then, head to the Visitors’ Center for an elevator ride to the 80th floor, home to the 'Dare to Dream' exhibit that captures the building’s history, engineering, and construction work. See period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes and more.

    The final elevator ride arrives at the 86th-floor Main Deck and the highest open-air observatory in New York. This is the center of it all. Enjoy 360-degree views of New York and beyond—Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

    Upgrade to the VIP Express Experience and skip the security, ticket, and elevator lines. This is the quickest way to the top of the Empire State Building, saving you valuable time for the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful during holidays and peak season. An audio tour is included.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Empire State Building
    • Admission Ticket to 86th floor Observation Deck
    • Access to new second floor immersive exhibits
    • Stay warm on the 86th Floor; Outdoor observatory is outfitted with heaters to heat the deck
    • Admire a spectacular 360-degree view of New York City from the 86th floor observatory
    • Free admission for children 0-5
    • Complimentary self-guided mutimedia app in multiple languages via the App Store or Google Play
    • Revamped 80th Floor feauturing exciting, artistic exhibits
    • Customize NYC itineary with NYC & Company's "Above and Beyond" kiosks on the 80th floor
    • Entry/Admission - Empire State Building
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    • 102nd floor- Available for upgrade on site
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Vouchers are valid up to a year from date of purchase
    • No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines or wait times at the building
    • Infant tickets for children 0-5 years are free and can be picked up at the ticket office upon arrival
    • Skip-the-line privileges are only available with the VIP Express Experience Admission Ticket option
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Iconic, must experience the history. No need to pay the extra for ‘best the lines’ depending on when you visit. Open to 2am every day
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    Excellent experience and a must do when in New York. I would also recommend taking a meal at the State grill and bar. Food was plentiful and of a high standard with the service to match
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    I purchased tickets to the Empire State Building through TripAdvisor. We walked right in with no line. Definitely worth it!
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    One of the "must dos" when in New York and we been wisely advised to get the skip the line ticket option. Glad we did. Massive queues and we went straight through. Views were magnificent and we were happy. Disappointed that the tickets we bought for 102nd floor was not usable
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    The place is beautiful, with wonderful marble throughout the building. There are staff everywhere to direct you and provide information and answer questions. My wife loved that she didn't need to read a lot but could watch numerous videos about the history and construction of
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    About the operator
    By: Empire State Building
    90,159 reviews
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    York, United Kingdom
    Top of the world!
    Went to 102nd floor, well worth it especially at night for views. Tickets are pricey but then all similar
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    Alison S
    London, United Kingdom
    Night time visit
    We visited here late in the evening around midnight as its open until 2am! No queues! The views are great from the
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    We went at the opening so 8am and there was nobody. We didn't wait. We just had a wonderful experience.
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    Marcio A
    Very Nice
    Very Nice, i like of the place and the view of NY. the building is really beautiful The elevator is very fast
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    Alba N
    Great experience
    I dont hive 5.,0 because the ticket is expensive, but the tour was great ! We weere allowed to stay as long as we
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    New York City, New York
    Iconic, must experience the history. No need to pay the extra for ‘best the lines’ depending on when you visit.
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    Shelby R
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Nicely renovated, but way too expensive. At the end of the day we just wanted to go to the top of the Empire State
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    Miami, Florida
    Empire the Best!
    Great new themes across the building towards the observatory. Also, the elevators have now a screen in the ceiling
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    Kirstyn C
    Great views!
    Great views from up top! No queues which was brilliant! Overall great experience, never seen views like it. Staff
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    Amazing experience as always!! We went on top of the 102th flor and the view form up there was breathtaking!!
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    East Preston, United Kingdom
    What a view
    Visited day and night with city pass. Interactive and informative. Views of the skyline are amazing, my husband
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    Corpus Christi, Texas
    It was thoroughly enjoyable ! it was very informative and all the employees were very kind and courteous. The day
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    Jacksonville, Florida
    Great experience
    Everything moved along smoothly and the staff were friendly. We went around noon on a Sunday and the longest we
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    Sioux City, Iowa
    Quick and worth it
    We bought tickets online. We walked to the entry, and basically went as fast (or as slow) as we wanted through
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    Excellence at the Empire State Building
    I last visited The ESB over 12 years ago- what a difference. From the speedy access, to the interesting and
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    • Empire State Building
    • Duration: 2h
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    • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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