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New York City

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
    • 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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    I had been up about 25 years ago. Entrance has seriously changed! We had 4 day city passes (totally worth it) and went up 8n lare afternoon. Very busy in summer. Difficult to get close to window/edge for lookout. It is worth going up if you've never been, and I only went up this
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    Night time viewing is amazing looking down on the bright lights of New York. Attending just prior to sun down is a good time as you can get the best of daylight and darkness. The experience was fantastic.
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    I was totally impressed with this tour. It was very organized and easy to follow directions to get to the top. The building was emaculate, floors clean and shiny, very well maintained. Had plenty of people everywhere to help or show you where to go. Learned so much about the
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    I purchased express line but when we went there, there wasnt a line at all. I need someone to call me
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    Wow. Absolutely loved this place. Fabulous experience inside lots of info and photo opportunities. Views were magnificent from different angles of the building. So glad I had the opportunity. Lovely memories
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    Calgary, Canada
    Empire State building
    I had been up about 25 years ago. Entrance has seriously changed! We had 4 day city passes (totally worth it) and
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    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Epic iconic building
    As the title says, an epic and iconic building to visit. Very attractively designed interior done in Art Deco?.
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    Avebury, United Kingdom
    Iconic exhilarating experience
    We didn’t suffer any crowds so had plenty of space and time to explore the surprisingly good museum. The views at
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    Baghdad, Iraq
    Great Views from the Metropolis of the Earth
    A Mustsee for Every Person Visiting NY. Most Iconic thing to do. I visited during the day and I wish visiting
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    New York City, New York
    A view
    We used one of our attraction pass for this and although higher than the Rockefeller tower Sam views
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    An outstanding experience
    No visit to New York is complete without visiting the world's most famous building! An absolute beautiful
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    London, United Kingdom
    New York must see
    Stunning views of Manhattan . Only went up to the 86th floor but with clear skies can see for miles. If you're
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    London, United Kingdom
    What can you say about the most iconic building in the World? It Deserves to be!
    I love the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, from the lifts to the viewing platform and some of the cool extras they've added
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    Paddy G
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Empire State Building
    Night time viewing is amazing looking down on the bright lights of New York. Attending just prior to sun down is
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    Empire State Building was AMAZING!
    My husband and I had a great time at the empire state building! Great experience and sites to see inside and
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    Thumbs up 👍
    It was a nice trip, the view on the top was amazing and the staff was so helpful with the tickets and tips!
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    Cologne, Germany
    Empire State Building an iconic building
    Absolut great view over the city, cool pre-show and amazing stuff. It was worth every Dollar we spent. Tipp: we
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    Castleford, United Kingdom
    Amazing Experience
    We visited the Empire State and we weren’t disappointed! Amazing from start to finish. Views were amazing and
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    Lori N
    Akron, Ohio, United States
    Everything about it was amazing! We especially loved the new heaters installed on the overhangs outside! Thank
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    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    Went at almost midnight to see the view of New York and it was just amazing the view was gorgeous especially at
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    • Empire State Building
    • Duration: 2h
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