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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
    Duration
    2h
    Inclusions
    • 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 featuring exciting, artistic exhibits
    • Entry/Admission - Empire State Building
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • 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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    Just Awesome -- every inch of the experience. great for all ages, great even if you have been years ago.
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    bought tickets for the 80th and 86th floor from Concierge service in hotel which enabled us to skip the line for tickets. We went about 5pm on a Friday night in February and there was no queue. we were able to pass through security and get the elevator to the 80th floor inside
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    The views were great. The history of construction was very interesting. Who doesn't love King Kong who made the place very well known and desirable.
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    Very good, just did the ferry tour, the skies were clear so the views were spectacular. It was good value for money as it was included in the city bus tour ticket. Took about 80 minutes, included statue of liberty, Ellis Island and brooklyn Bridge. Manhatten and Jersey coast
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    We absolutely loved the whole experience. Steeped in history, people who work there clearly care about the experience their customers get. Breathtaking views. If you do nothing else in NYC, do this ❤️
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    Diana
    Porto, Portugal
    20
    Impressive!
    We visited the ESB at 8 am of a sunny day. We go up to the 86th floor and the view is wonderful. The view of the
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    Nindyd
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    289
    Fab views at night time
    Amazing views - Manhattan skyline views all lit up - what an experience. It was a magical experience - swift
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    menasyh
    Astoria, New York
    10
    Good Experience
    It was a good visit. I was able to discover a different point of view of New York during different decades in the
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    RARichard
    Essex, United Kingdom
    610
    Excellent
    We visited on the am and pm ticket, arriving about 08:30 and 21:00 and didn’t encounter any queues at all. Having
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    claredfg
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    10
    Just amazing!
    We visited on a day and night ticket without realising that both visits had to be in the same day. The manager
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    Dream34242736536
    10
    Big Apple
    Great morning out ,i would recommend this to anyone visiting NY .Be sure to arrive early to avoid the
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    patigoal
    Draguignan, France
    10
    Awesome
    Magnificent monument, amazing vue. My wife and I looking forward to seeing you soon with our children!!!
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    debbievanbeveren
    10
    Empire State by night
    Very quiet, so there were no lines. Very nice weather. We went in the evening. Beautiful view over the entire
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    237JohnU
    Caterham, United Kingdom
    10
    Best day outing ever whilst visiting NY
    Travelling with my family, best day outing, will highly recommend you visit this structure if your intention is to
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    matusmlej
    10
    CityPASS
    Great experience and beautiful view of the city from the birds eye view. I recommend anyone who visit the Big
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    Key Details
    • Empire State Building
    • Duration: 2h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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    • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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