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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Overview

Marvel at the 360-degree, unobstructed views from the Empire State Building and explore its Interactive Museum and more with this combo ticket. See NYC's landmarks from the 86th-floor observatory, enjoy the exhibitions and augmented reality viewfinders on the 80th floor; and explore the 2nd-floor museum’s immersive displays on the building's history. Upgrade for skip-the-line access.
  • Experience the views from the Empire State Building in the heart of NYC
  • Two key attractions for price of one: 86th-floor deck and 2nd-floor museum
  • Absorb the panoramas and chart the tower's history via immersive exhibits
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In the heart of NYC
Unobstructed 360 degree view Observation Deck
Access to new second floor immersive exhibits
Revamped 80th floor featuring exciting, artistic exhibits
Free admission for children 5 and under
Make your own way to the Empire State Library in central NYC, bearing in mind the opening hours of 12:00pm-12:00am, every day of the year. The last elevator to the top runs at 11:15pm.

On arrival, head inside via the Observatory Entrance at 20 West 34th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Pause here to take in the stunning Lobby, which boasts restored art deco ceiling murals and one of the most famous images of the building above the front desk. Free high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the building to add to your experience.

At the entrance to the 2nd floor, pass through a security checkpoint, and explore the interactive exhibits that tell the story of the ESB's construction to its place in today's pop culture. Watch short film clips through telescopes, use the touch screens, and step into a simulation of an original elevator for a virtual ride to the building's 102nd floor. Then, head to the surround-sound theater to see film and TV clips that feature this iconic tower.

Next, ride the elevator to the redesigned 80th floor, where you'll find exhibitions on the ESB's lights and light shows; together with stunning augmented reality experiences delivered by classic binocular viewfinders.

The final elevator ride whisks you up to the 86th-floor Main Deck: home to the highest open-air observatory in New York, and located right in the heart of Manhattan. Enjoy the 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.

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 the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful during holidays and peak season. An audio tour is included, and all audio, signage and exhibits are available in 9 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
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Empire State Building
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!
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Empire State Building

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Dusk offers most magnificent views of Manhattan, so try to time your visit accordingly." See review
  • "If you want to visit the Empire State Building buying this pass is a MUST." See review
  • "If you can pay extra to go all the at to the top." See review

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star-3
Great views at the top
Alice_O
, Sep 2021
It's great that the crowds have not returned, so it was a pleasant experience in that regard. I am extremely disappointed that these quintessential American attractions can't find bilingual employees. Employees couldn't understand me nor I them. :-( Until the crowds return don't waste money to "skip the line."
star-4
Coast to coast
Gary_G
, Sep 2021
The view was amazing, the King Kong hand was a fun touch . The exhibits on the building of the building was very informative.
star-4
The Empire State Building...
Barbara_J
, Sep 2021
The Empire State Building is awesome but you really don’t need to buy tickets in advance. The lines aren’t long and the price is just as good if you purchase tickets when you get there.
star-1
Didn’t get to go
Linda_S
, Sep 2021
My vaccine wasn’t on their list .. so I was not allowed to go… I’m waiting on my refund… however I’m sure it would have been fun
star-5
Beautiful building and views
Anne_S
, Sep 2021
Beautiful experience. The history of the building along with the views from 86th observatory is something I’ll never forget
star-5
Amazing Tour
Nancy_O
, Sep 2021
I loved it from the begining to the end. Even thought it was raining it was totally amazing. Excellent tour guy.
star-3
VIP ticket not necessary
Celestia_M
, Sep 2021
A spectacular view. However there was no need to purchase VIP. Not busy at all. I would check times of busyness before I purchase.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun
Altin_H
, Sep 2021
To be honest I almost canceled my tickets due to other plans,but I’m glad I didn’t! It was awesome! From the entrance to the 86th floor where the view is worth of being cold lol! Definitely I’d recommend anyone to go and check it out! Staff was friendly too which it made it even a better experience!
star-5
Sunset over Manhattan
tammy_g
, Sep 2021
Go for sunset ! Amazing. Happy everyone had to be vaccinated, felt safe . The information provided was interesting .
star-3
Not worth the extra money just buy a regular ticket.
Destiny_H
, Sep 2021
Was a great thing to see. No need to pay extra for VIP. The people who just bought regular tickets got in before us.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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