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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.


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Juliecampbell62

I would definitely recommend the additional cost as it reduces the queuing time greatly however you do all get in the same elevator so a bit of a bottle neck there but my advice go early in the day to avoid the queue

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Dennis P

No waiting and worth doing as the sights from the Empire State Building give you a good prospective of midtown.

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john j

Worth purchasing entry ticket in advance we did not purchase skip the line. Queuing was not at all bad as we already had a ticket. Views were great and you cant really go to NY and not visit here

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Fríða

We were in the building in the evening, which was great, because there were not so many people = not so long waiting lines.
- The view was amazing in the evening. You could see all the lights far away, and the view was beautiful. The staff were friendly and good help.

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Gary B

A must for anyone visiting the city. We went on a Tuesday August morning at 0930 and the queues were virtually non-existent. Staff very helpful and friendly.

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Val

We bought skip the line tickets after much debate and were very glad we had done so when we arrived and there was a lot of people! We got up to the top within 10 minutes which was excellent. We went at sunset which is an amazing time to be there, but my only complaint is that there are a lot of rude people who block the vantage points for taking photographs and it can take a long time and a bit of jostling to squeeze in to capture the best shots. Very frustrating- please have a bit of courtesy!!

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Stefan d

During our reserved slot there was heavy rain. On entrance we were told we could come back another day with rhe same tickets. We went up early (8:15 AM) and did not need our VIP upgrade. No lines yet. After having visited Top of the Rock this was a good addition. Great views!

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mwhitley

The ticket achieved what it was meant to, we however didn't need to pay for the skip the line option

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TRACEY W

While the VIP treatment was awesome, I purchase tickets which were suppose to contain an audio tour. That feature is no longer available!!! Did I pay more for something not available! I was very disappointed. I thought this was something special I could share with my brother. The audio tour hasn’t been available for some time I was told. I feel mislead.

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Jeremy L

This is a review of Viator's service not the attraction. Viator send you a voucher that the ESB cannot scan as it included letters in the scan code. Apparently Viator have been told but have not rectified. Wasted 20 minutes with the very helpful staff who exchanged the voucher for their tickets. Save yourself the headache and order on the Empire State Building website.


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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.

From USD

$41.37

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