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

New York City, United States
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2 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 8 more


Get unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City’s most popular landmarks from the 86th-floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building. Enjoy access to the Dare to Dream and Sustainability exhibits plus the latest immersive exhibits among the second-floor galleries. An informative multimedia app is available for download. Simply scan your mobile ticket at the spectacular new entrance—part of the ESB rebuilding project. Upgrade to VIP Express for skip-the-line access.
  • Skip the lines to the Empire State Building with the VIP Express Experience upgrade
  • Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of Manhattan from the 86th-floor observatory
  • Visit the Art Deco-inspired lobby and 2nd-floor immersive exhibits
  • Flexible voucher redemption: good for one year from the date of purchase

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this pass, visit the Empire State Building on any date within a year of purchase.
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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Empire State Building
, Oct 2019
Renovations to Empire State Tour are fantastic. Wonderful new museum. Buying the extra tickets for the 102 floor is a MUST!! New floor to ceiling windows. It is thrilling.
Empire State Building Visit
, Oct 2019
Everything worked well, bought tickets before departure to save time. No hitches. Saves time and worry.
Great views
, Oct 2019
Perfect night out on the empire state building, we visited on a sunday night and it was very quiet, No ques at all
Red Carpet Awesomeness
Mike L
, Oct 2019
We took the VIP package and gave us amazing and quick access to the observation deck. Great place to visit, a must!
Empire State Building Review
, Oct 2019
We really enjoyed it. People working at ESB were great. I did receive some bad advice that cost a lot of time: We paid for skip the line tickets, which I was told I had to redeem, but I did not. I had the tickets. I was incorrectly sent to the Gen Admission line to redeem the tickets. I did get someone to help and he was fantastic. This is not a complaint. Just thought you should know. Staff was great!!
Enjoyed the visit
, Oct 2019
The entire experience was very enjoyable; employees were courteous, the entire building was so clean,
Great experience!
, Oct 2019
Everything from the speed and pace of groups and lines was good, never had to wait really for anything other than being in an elevator. 😂
Convoluted Entrance Ways
, Oct 2019
Good attraction but has very convoluted and confusing entrance lineups and pathways; a little claustrophobic too. The weather wasn't clear when I visited, so couldn't see anything. The attraction is expensive and needs advance booking. But if the weather's dull, the building is a total waste of money and time. With so many other attractions in NYC, I don't think this building is worth the money they charge for it.
Empire State....
, Oct 2019
Great simple ticket only experience. Didn't go for the "beat the line" option and got lucky on the Sunday as there wasn't one!! Staff were nice and friendly and the building is just amazing.
very good
, Sep 2019
best way to do this tour "SKIP THE line" you get right in and no waiting and first access to elevators!!! EXCELLENT!!! Great way to see this iconic building with an amazing view!!!!!

Product code: 2194EMPIRE

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