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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional 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. This historic landmark has been restored with stunning Art Deco ceiling murals, and above the front desk is one of the most famous images anywhere in New York City, a depiction of the building itself with beams of light radiating from the mast.

    At the rebuilt entrance to the second floor, pass through a security checkpoint. The reimagined galleries boast multiple 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.

    Head to the second floor Visitors’ Center and pass through a security check point. An elevator ride to the 80th floor presents the Dare to Dream exhibit that captures the building’s history, engineering and construction work. See period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes and more, all paying tribute to the more than 3,400 workers who helped to create this building.

    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.

    VIP Express Experience Upgrade:

    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 all the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day and all holiday weekends. Speed to the top with no waiting! An audio tour is included.
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    Departure Point
    Empire State Building
    • Admission Ticket to 86th floor Observation Deck
    • Access to new second floor immersive exhibits
    • Panoramic views of up to six states from the surrounding open - air promenade
    • 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
    • Entry/Admission - Empire State Building
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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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    Reviewed today

    I really enjoyed my trip to the Empire State building. My suggestion is to go at night, because the city lights will take your breath away! You can see Lower, Upper and midtown Manhattan along with the Hudson River and over into Jersey and also...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Holli M
    Reviewed today via mobile

    Great views from this iconic building. No queues when we visited so pre-booking fast track would have been a complete waste of money.Just make sure you miss the busy periods, I just googled this info. Although a nice day it was very windy so my...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Stuart E
    Reviewed today via mobile

    What an experience, it was amazing. Would recommend this to anyone visiting New York, it’s an absolute must, views are spectacular and wonderful video footage on the way up, plenty of photo opportunities.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank mayjon
    Reviewed yesterday

    The first time I went up to the observatory was nearly 30 years ago! It was wonderful then and still is today! Many things have changed since then, there is sort of an exhibit on your way to the elevators which shows how the Empire...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank ioccali
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Visited on a Wednesday no queue and straight round to the lifts. Great views of all New York. The ride up in the elevator good. The new King Kong part is a nice addition. Best views of Chrysler building and One Tower.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Chardonnay T
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    Response from TRUEAVIS | Reviewed this property |
    You need to buy it at the counter. Because you cannot that option online I think.
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    28 August 2019|
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    Response from Vacation821633 |
    You might look at Newark airport. They are often cheaper than JFK or LaGuardia. Tom
    16 August 2019|
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    Response from Debi_Goldberg | Reviewed this property |
    I think that would be great. I went during the day, at 6.30 pm and I really liked it
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    • Duration: 2h
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