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

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    What to Expect
    Stepping into the lobby of the Empire State Building is an experience of its own. This historic landmark has been restored with stunning Art Deco ceiling murals, and above the front desk is one of the most famous images anywhere in New York City, a depiction of the building itself with beams of light radiating from the mast.

    At the rebuilt entrance to the second floor, pass through a security checkpoint. The reimagined galleries boast multiple hands-on exhibits with dramatic storytelling, from ESB construction to its current iconic status in pop culture. Watch short film clips through telescopes, use interactive touch screens, and step into a simulation of an original elevator for a virtual ride to the 102nd floor. Then head to the surround-sound theater to see film and TV clips that feature the Empire State Building.

    Head to the second floor Visitors’ Center and pass through a security check point. An elevator ride to the 80th floor presents the Dare to Dream exhibit that captures the building’s history, engineering and construction work. See period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes and more, all paying tribute to the more than 3,400 workers who helped to create this building.

    The final elevator ride arrives at the 86th-floor Main Deck and the highest open-air observatory in New York. This is the center of it all. Enjoy 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.

    VIP Express Experience Upgrade:

    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 all the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day and all holiday weekends. Speed to the top with no waiting! An audio tour is included.
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    Departure Point
    Empire State Building
    • Admission Ticket to 86th floor Observation Deck
    • Access to new second floor immersive exhibits
    • Panoramic views of up to six states from the surrounding open - air promenade
    • Admire a spectacular 360-degree view of New York City from the 86th floor observatory
    • Free admission for children 0-5
    • Complimentary self-guided mutimedia app in multiple languages via the App Store or Google Play
    • Entry/Admission - Empire State Building
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Previously up to the 86th floor, i thought this building was high. Going on up to the 102nd floor, i panicked when i saw how far i was up. Looking down is not for the faint hearted, but you do get a great view of new york. Well worth the trip.
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    It had been a few years since we'd been to the Empire State Building but were in NYC with friends who had never been and it was high on their to-do list. Decided to come in the evening to avoid the crowds and it was such a good decision. We went around 11:30pm and there was
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    It was a great visit, we could enjoy the view, the museum and the history of the place. We visited at night and there were no lines so we entered fast.
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    Arrived early in the morning as it was just a few minutes walk from our hotel. As it was shortly after 9:00 there was virtually no queue so we got to the 86th floor pretty quickly. The museum displays on the way to the lifts was really interesting. The views were spectacular and
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    Amazing visit, arrived early and avoided any queues even with skip line ticket is best option. Clear day and great view was all around. New exhibitions are truly wonderful and add alot to the experiences. Glad to have done it, and missed the queues.
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    • Empire State Building
    • Duration: 2h
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