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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

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$45.73

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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Tracey T

Had a great time, didn’t have to queue but that was because weather was bad a visibility was poor but it didn’t spoil it one bit!

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Peter W

Always a great experience, waiting time is now more enjoyable with the additional museum facilities on the way in

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Stephen B

The totally remodeled ESB attraction is a fantastic upgrade. There's so much more than just the observatory. Pay the difference to skip the line and enjoy the added value.

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Patrik B

Dusk offers most magnificent views of Manhattan, so try to time your visit accordingly. Also take into account at least half an hour of waiting in lines, security check, etc. Plus the time you spend in the museum before going up.

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Joseph M

The Skip the line ticket is worth the price especially during the holidays. We went right up to the top with our Express Pass and enjoyed perfect views.

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Linda O

Wow well worth a visit. Unbelievable views and very interesting gallery showing building of it and films made there etc. Would defo say pay the extra for the skip the line tickets as think you would otherwise be queuing over an hour to get in! Then having to wait for elevators etc. Skip the line tickets we were treated like VIPs just let through in front of everyone else.Please Don t miss the Empire State Building

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Mara R

The visit was interesting especially the new attraction which is like an inside version of the open air 86th floor...still good for seeing the city and its vastness. Annoying people blocking the path around taking forever to take selfies/photos. Understand but.....they really are milking the tourist though. Friendly and helpful staff....

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Marissa S

It was convenient already having tickets when we got there, so we didn't have to stop at a kiosk while going up. It was very busy the day we went (between Christmas and New Year's), so there were still lines to get to elevators to get to the observation deck and to get back down. Just make sure you set aside a decent amount of time for this attraction.

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patrick m

Had massive cloud/fog but Viator has a no refund policy for weather so we had to do it anyway. Wasn't worth the time.

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Bradley H

Purchased these a week in advance not thinking about the fact that the weather ould effect this event. A lot of money to see absolutely nothing but the inside of the cloud.


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Empire State Building General & 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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$45.73

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