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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 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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    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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    By: Empire State Building
    90,124 reviews
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    Great value and easy entrance
    I purchased tickets to the Empire State Building through TripAdvisor. We walked right in with no line. Definitely
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    Miami, Florida
    The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Clean and nice and warm , very nice experience all together.highly
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    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    Nice View but Disappointing Service
    One of the "must dos" when in New York and we been wisely advised to get the skip the line ticket option. Glad we
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    Empire state building
    This is a must see. The building is amazing. The observation deck is one of the best views of New York. Use the
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    London, United Kingdom
    The highlight of our trip - still as awesome as ever
    We hadn't planned to visit the Empire State Building but so glad we did. It was cloudy with a bit of rain and
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    Sarah A
    Coggeshall, United Kingdom
    Empire State Building
    It was such an amazing, iconic place to visit. We visited in the morning then again the same evening. Excellent
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    Belo Horizonte, MG
    One of the greatest must see stops in NYC. Near Times Square. Buy the city pass earlier so you can avoid lines.
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    New York Vacation
    The best experience on our vacation and having been to this attraction and enjoying the best view of New York was
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    Sunset at The Empire State Building
    Absolutely can not recommend coming here enough. We got to the top around 20 minutes before sunset and the views
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    Blue Mountains, Australia
    Beware photos they sell you!
    I love the Empire State Building but BEWARE. The photos they take and then sell you are VERY misleading! The deal
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    Dennis H
    Well organized visit with stunning views
    The place is beautiful, with wonderful marble throughout the building. There are staff everywhere to direct you
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    Mandy M
    Amazing experience
    Did both Top of the Rock and Empire State. Given the choice between the two, I would pick Empire. More enjoyable
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    Singapore, Singapore
    Amazing views, but would try Top of the Rock next time
    Amazing views of NYC. But it’s missing the Empire State Building itself, so kinda defeats the purpose for me. I
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    Empire State Building
    Just amazing the views are unreal definitely worth a visit you will not be disappointed!! New York at sunset or
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    sud ouest
    Great time in great place
    No queu, good visibilité, great staff, very good maintenance. Next Time by night😋😋 That was perfect
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    • Empire State Building
    • Duration: 2h
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