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NYC Empire State Observatory Admission; Skip-the-Line Option

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$39.2

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building. Our 86thFloor Observation Deck, open daily from 8am-2am, offers the highest 360 degree open-air vantage point in New York City and on a clear day, you can see up to six states–New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are eight in-building dining options including the contemporary cuisine of STATE Grill and Bar and Tacombi, an authentic taqueria. Located at the center of it all, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

Starting with the spectacular new entrance which opened last August, the second floor galleries allow guests to walk through a museum experience and enjoy a journey into The Empire State Building history and mystique.
- 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

Description:

Visit: Empire State Building, 20 West 34th Street, New York City, NY 10118-0114

The Empire State Building is waiting for you day or night. Come watch the sunset as New York is bathed in warm orange, red and yellow tones, then stick around as the lights come on all over town. Or come later and listen to the live music (weekends only) as the stars and lights twinkle romantically. Whenever you come, enjoy the magic without the wait.

There are 3 lines at the Empire State Building Observatory: the security line (required for all visitors), the ticket line and the elevator line. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher.

VIP Express Experience Upgrade

Speed past the lines on your way to the tallest point in Manhattan! Your VIP Express Experience voucher will enable you to proceed directly to the front of every line, saving valuable time to do all the other things New York is famous for. Don't spend your valuable holiday time waiting in line -- there's no faster way to the top of the Empire State Building!

You'll be greeted on the second floor to redeem your pass pre-security, eliminating the need to redeem vouchers at the ticket office. You'll also receive a special wristband to identify you as a VIP Express Experience pass holder.

VIP Express Experience passes are especially valuable from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year's any time of day and all holiday weekends. Other times of year the pass is recommended for planned visits between 11am and 2pm, and one hour before and after sunset. Limited numbers of passes are sold, so typical wait time is under 5-minutes. Specific wait times cannot be guaranteed, only front of line privileges.

Voucher can be redeemed within a year of date purchased - plan your visit around the weather!

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Departure point:

Empire State Building

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Duration:

2 hours

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All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Jason K

No lines! Really helpful. One thing to be aware of is you don't get to 102nd floor with this package --we upgraded to get this. But skipping the line was really worth it. They have really invested in the museum here and the whole experience. It is worth upgrading to see 102nd observatory. It is small, but it is indoor and worth seeing. The lower observatory is outside and is also worth seeing.

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Johnny B

This is a must do for the first-time NYC visitor! We had such a great time here. Such an awesome view with many photo ops! Just the history alone was amazing; and of course, the King Kong experience was hilarious! Of all the celebrity photos posted, I was disappointed that the Lucy and Ethyl dressed as "women from mars" photos were left out - that was one iconic I Love Lucy episode that should really be included as a memorable Empire State Building moment! A tip to add is definitely get the "skip the line" tickets - it is well worth the price and you'll thank yourself later!

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Carol W

Went early morning to avoid queues- 8.30a.m and no waiting in line at all. Really well organised and efficient. Views absolutely amazing on a cold sunny day.

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Mary L

Enjoyed the fast track of the skip the line tickets, especially since, my friend and I had a limited amount of time for this site. Nothing like seeing New York City for the first time and checking off the bucket list places and this was one of the highlights of our 4-day weekend adventure.

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gina.drury

Straight through turnstiles with skip the line ticket. A really beautiful building and a fantastic view. Highly recommend a visit when in NYC.

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Danford M B

Renovations to Empire State Tour are fantastic. Wonderful new museum. Buying the extra tickets for the 102 floor is a MUST!! New floor to ceiling windows. It is thrilling.

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golfer8262

It was worth the extra dollars to skip lines and get to the very top. It was an enjoyable experience. Download the app for Audio ahead of time

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Margaret M

We were not able to go and did not realize we could change dates so basically threw away $74 per person. These policies should be different. My fault for not reading the fine print but have no idea why we could not change dates as we did not have an assigned time. Will NOT use Viator again.

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David W

Skip the skip-the-line option. Total rip-off!!!!
I was told i could go right to front. Not so. EVERYONE has to go thru security. Plus there was no line!

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David S

I asked the agent specifically if the $79 tix I purchased for the ESb included access to the 102 floor. She said yes, even checked with someone else, still said yes. Of course, when we got to 86th floor and tried to go to 102 we were told our tix were not valid for that. We had to purchase a $20 ticket at kiosk at 86th floor to get to 102. Should have bought ticket directly from ESb.


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NYC Empire State Observatory Admission; Skip-the-Line Option
Overview:

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building. Our 86thFloor Observation Deck, open daily from 8am-2am, offers the highest 360 degree open-air vantage point in New York City and on a clear day, you can see up to six states–New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are eight in-building dining options including the contemporary cuisine of STATE Grill and Bar and Tacombi, an authentic taqueria. Located at the center of it all, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

Starting with the spectacular new entrance which opened last August, the second floor galleries allow guests to walk through a museum experience and enjoy a journey into The Empire State Building history and mystique.

From USD

$39.2

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