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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

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$41.37

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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Empire State Building

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2 hours

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All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


Reviews:

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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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George E

Perfect night out on the empire state building, we visited on a sunday night and it was very quiet, No ques at all

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Elizabeth C

The entire experience was very enjoyable; employees were courteous, the entire building was so clean,

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Mike H

Great simple ticket only experience.
Didn't go for the "beat the line" option and got lucky on the Sunday as there wasn't one!!
Staff were nice and friendly and the building is just amazing.

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James E

best way to do this tour "SKIP THE line" you get right in and no waiting and first access to elevators!!! EXCELLENT!!! Great way to see this iconic building with an amazing view!!!!!

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Sandrakay.83

Paid for SKIP the line priorty tickets, there was no question so was able to go straight in.
Go views, worth a visit.

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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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Christopher H

We really enjoyed it. People working at ESB were great. I did receive some bad advice that cost a lot of time: We paid for skip the line tickets, which I was told I had to redeem, but I did not. I had the tickets. I was incorrectly sent to the Gen Admission line to redeem the tickets. I did get someone to help and he was fantastic. This is not a complaint. Just thought you should know. Staff was great!!

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Jeff S

Although this is an expensive lift ride the views are amazing and the building is iconic. i was not particularly enthused by the 2nd floor display but did feel the experience of being on the top floor worth the cost.

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abhijitahir

Good attraction but has very convoluted and confusing entrance lineups and pathways; a little claustrophobic too. The weather wasn't clear when I visited, so couldn't see anything. The attraction is expensive and needs advance booking. But if the weather's dull, the building is a total waste of money and time. With so many other attractions in NYC, I don't think this building is worth the money they charge for it.


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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
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.

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$41.37

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