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

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  • Skip the lines with the VIP Express Experience upgrade
  • Amazing views of Manhattan from the 86th-floor observatory of the Empire State Building
  • 360-degree panoramic views on each side of the building from the outdoor promenade
  • High-powered binoculars
  • Visit the Art Deco-inspired Empire State Building lobby
  • Flexible voucher redemption policy - visit on any day within a year of date originally selected - plan your visit around the weather!
  • With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Empire State Building.
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General admission to the Empire State Building Observation Deck. This does NOT include Express Pass privileges.
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VIP Express Experience
VIP Express Experience includes skip-the-line access for security lines, ticket lines and elevator lines on 2nd, 80th and 86th floors of the Empire State Building Observation Deck. Includes audio tour
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Overview
Get an unparalleled 360-degree view of New York City from the top of the iconic Empire State Building. See popular landmarks such as Central Park, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square. In addition to the two indoor/outdoor observation decks, enjoy access to the Dare to Dream exhibit, the new Sustainability exhibit, and an informative new multimedia app available for download. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Empire State Building.
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.
Head to the second floor Visitors’ Center to buy or print tickets 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 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!
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Empire State building is an iconic structure in New York City - so, I guess it kind of needs to be visited. It’s not however as impressive as you would think. Overall, a bit disappointing. If this is your first trip to New York...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank rwsjohnson
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was one of the great views of nYc. I’m soo glad I was able to come to see what everyone was talking about. The amount of history in this building alone was breath taking. I advise anyone visiting NYC to definitely come to experience...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Wallace V
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing view of New York from the Empire State Building. We had VIP tickets, no long queue, and we were on the top in no time. The personnel was efficient and gracious, except at the store, one lady was very rude. Overall, we had a...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank jeanclaudethebest1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Been there twice. Once without kids. Once with kids. The first visit without kids, we visited the Empire State at 11pm which was excellent. There was no queue at all. And you get the whole deck almost to yourself! The second time we travelled with...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank fsim826
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A stunning view from the 86th floor of this iconic building. Worth the extra cost to skip the queue.

Date of experience: June 2019
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It was all open a few weeks ago when we visited.
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