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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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    I loved going up to the viewing roof of this iconic building. It is beautiful, well-run with many "helpers" along the way to answer your questions. View from top is stunning!
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    This visit was self directed and our skip the line ticket was very beneficial in allowing us to move around the exhibitions, enter lifts and enter the viewing platforms without any queuing whatsoever. We visited at around 11am and met no queues. Staff were extremely efficient
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    Third time up the Empire State Building and it’s still as breathtaking. We went up just before sunset and the change from day into night was spectacular.
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    I first went up the ESB in 1981 when you turned up, called the lift, paid a couple of dollars and had plenty of room on the Ob Deck. I went again in 1990 and don’t remember it being any different to 1981. In 2019, it was a whole new experience. Airport style security, approx $50
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    Response from Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
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    Hi NottsGrilsontour, We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed our spectacular views. Please note, general admission tickets are priced similarly to other NYC observatories. To avoid peak-hour lines and crowds, we recommend arriving during our off-peak hours: between 8-10 am or after 11 pm. We work hard to provide a unique experience for all of our guests, and we hope that you were able to enjoy the other activities that we offer, including our new, interactive 2nd floor exhibits. Thank you for visiting. - Empire State Building
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    We we were fortunate to visit in October during the off-season. All we kept hearing is how terrible the lines are in the summer. If we did have to wait in long lines, this attraction would not have been worth it. The observatory on the 86th floor is the highlight. It's nice that
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    Response from Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
    Responded 2 days ago
    Hi TOtraveler5, We appreciate your feedback. Thank you for visiting. - Empire State Building
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