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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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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  • "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-5
Golden hour - amazing!
Courtney_J
, Dec 2021
Skip the line is totally worth it if you’re on a tight schedule. Sometimes the line is short anyway but it’s definitely worth the few extra $ to be safe. Also check the sunset time and try to book around an hour before, the golden hour views are amazing.
star-5
We had an amazing time...
Lorna_L
, Dec 2021
We had an amazing time absolutely gorgeous views, I was a bit nervous with all the added stress of covid passports and proof of tests but downloaded to NYC covid safe app made it easier for the security at Empire State Building but the staff were so nice and helpful
star-5
Skipping lines for entry...
Kathryn_M
, Dec 2021
Skipping lines for entry and elevators. Empire State Building museum near the top and the observation deck at night with all the lights!
star-5
NYC city of Dreams
Michael_M
, Dec 2021
The Observation Deck was a powerful experience ❤️ The old and the young thoroughly enjoyed the experience!!
star-4
Great. But disappointing we couldn't go all the way up
Ahmed_B
, Dec 2021
Everything was great until we learned that no one could go to the top floor because it was closed. That was a bummer!!
star-5
Increible
Jose_A
, Dec 2021
The view is incredible beautiful experience l real enjoy taking pictures and learning about the history of new york l will go back to see this place in a hearth bet
star-5
The Empire Experience
Duncan_B
, Dec 2021
It was a beautiful day to see the city and so much to learn and see. Amazing staff to make the experience flawless
star-5
Great experience
Andrea_L
, Dec 2021
The ushers working were amazing. They would constantly ask if there were any VIP pass people and we were escorted everywhere. It was fantastic and so fast
star-5
Was nice to pay the skip...
Penny_S
, Dec 2021
Was nice to pay the skip the line fee as there is so much to see and do in NYC and you don’t want to spend part of it standing in line
star-5
Great value, skip the line also worth it
Karen_S
, Dec 2021
We booked just before sunset so that we could watch the sun go down and see the city in daylight and then lit up at night.

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