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Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck

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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.
  • 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
  • Upgrade and Skip-the-Line all the way up to the very top, add-on the 102nd top deck

What's Included

  • Admission to the Empire State Building
  • Access to 86th Floor Observatory
  • Access to second floor immersive exhibits
  • Free Wi-Fi on-site
  • Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line Express Ticket and/or 102nd Deck

    What To Expect

    Make your own way to the Empire State Library in central NYC every day of the year.

    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.

    Choose to upgrade your ticket to bypass all queues and take the red carpet all the way up to the very top of the building!

    For the full iconic Empire State Building Experience, upgrade your ticket to include the 102nd floor. Sixteen stories above our 86th floor observation deck and accessed through a one-of-a-kind glass elevator, the 102nd floor offers true 360-degree views.

    Empire State Building

    Experience the views at the center of it all. Set in the heart of Midtown Manhattan with unmatched vistas of New York City and a panorama that stretches across six states. Immerse yourself in the Empire State Building story on your way to the top. Located on the 2nd and 80th floors, exhibits are open to all ticket holders. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher.

    Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • 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
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate

    Cancellation Policy

    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.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck ?

    A:The policy on sanitization is:
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

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    Traveler Tips

    Dusk offers most magnificent views of Manhattan, so try to time your visit accordingly.
    If you want to visit the Empire State Building buying this pass is a MUST.
    If you can pay extra to go all the at to the top.
    3,966 reviews
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    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Stunning views
    Deya_K, Dec 2022
    Amazing! That’s the best word I can think of for this. The view was absolutely stunning! I highly recommend having lunch or dinner at the restaurant! The food was good and the view was stunningly beautiful! A must do on your trip to NYC! It was top two of mine and my husband’s favorite things we did while in NYC, and we did alot!
    The expert was amazing. ...
    Alexander_M, Dec 2022
    The expert was amazing. We did not get to go the 102nd floor as it was not covered in the ticket. Make sure you ask about that before purchasing an option to upgrade, it’s much different than an actual upgrade. The title is off.
    Fun and exciting
    sherry_s, Dec 2022
    Seeing the city at night all light up nice people working in the building very organized kept the people moving
    Don’t waste money on skip the line
    Chantel_J, Dec 2022
    The experience of going up the Empire State Building was great you need to do it. But don’t waste your money paying to skip the line. There wasn’t one, so it was a lot of money for a 3/4 of a hour trip
    New York Experience
    Ian_S, Dec 2022
    Unbelievable views across New York at night. Great experience. One visit not to be missed during your visit.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Above the Crowd
    Rhonda_M, Dec 2022
    Viator is good about keeping you updated through email. We went on a self guided tour. Wait time was acceptable. Once in, we were never rushed. Go with someone special and allow time to enjoy the view.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Happy but not happy.
    Henry_E, Dec 2022
    The experience was amazing. The only thing I hated was that I spent the extra money to be able to upgrade to go to the 102nd floor and then I wasn’t allowed. I feel like I waisted my money by Doing that. Then when I tried to ask the employees about it they were very rude. Spending almost $300 I shouldn’t have to deal with attitudes. Might want to screen better.
    It was very organized and easy to navigate the tour
    Reggie_R, Dec 2022
    We toured the Empire State Building on a Saturday evening around 6pm. A group of 6 adults and teenagers. Everyone had a great time. Wonderful experience
    GaryBush, Dec 2022
    Our ride was done at night, the park was dark and couldn't see anything of significance. Also, our driver did not interact well, didn't know much about the park and we couldn't understand him. Very disappointing and not a good value.
    New York
    Tammy_V, Dec 2022
    It’s great experience seeing all of New York in its glory. Didn’t wait long and everyone was nice. I am glad that I went
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Please tell your friends, we hope to see them soon!
    Jose_D, Dec 2022
    They did not allow us up to the 102nd deck, the tickets did not work, I’m guessing since this is a third party you are subject to this happening, and there is no way to Contact Viator while you are there. Would not recommend buying your tickets through them.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Hello, I am sorry to hear that your experience with Viator was less than perfect. I do hope that you did enjoy your visit otherwise and that the Empire State Building Observatory exceeded your expectations.
    Amazing experience with a fantastic historical introduction!
    Jessica_R, Dec 2022
    We really enjoyed the build up to going to the observation deck with all of the historical information about the building. And the view, even on a rainy day, was beautiful! We loved it!
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Hello Jessica, Yes even on a rainy day the views are still amazing, thank you for visiting our historic building.
    Magic can happen
    john_h, Dec 2022
    Was a great night,amazing building.Waited in the rain to get in but was so worth of the best nights I’ve had with the love of my life ever.Held hands walking around the building and Manhattan.😘🥲
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Hello, I am happy to hear you and your love found time to spend time with us, we are happy that you enjoyed your visit.
    A wonderful experience
    Cassandra_D, Dec 2022
    The views are just as beautiful as expected and the elevators are fast enough to not bother my fears.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Hello, Our elevators are super quick and the surprise on the way up is our best kept secret. Happy to hear that enjoyed yourself.
    Wind and rain made it even more special
    Sarah_M, Dec 2022
    What an experience. It was so windy and lashing rain but it made it even more exciting. Being so high up, the rain turned to sleet. What an experience. You cannot miss this.
    Don’t buy the “upgrade” opportunity
    Tommy_K, Dec 2022
    Everything was fine until we tried to get the upgrade “opportunity” to the 102 floor at the time we made the appt for. It was entirely sold out.
    Empire at night was amazing
    Ian_M, Dec 2022
    Unfortunately we couldn’t access the Empire State Building due to the weather and poor visibility, however we were able to reschedule for another day without any problem and the experience was amazing
    Great visit worth organising before going on the trip
    Denise_W, Nov 2022
    Great visit to the Empire State visit we were advised to change the visit on arriving as it was raining and low cloud we would not have a view the assistants in the building changed the tickets for the following day where we had sunshine and a great view
    Great Experience!
    Michael_R, Nov 2022
    Enjoyed my first time to the Empire State Building. I was pleasantly surprised that the process before going up, there were things to see and do. Really enjoyed the 86th floor observation deck.
    The view was amazing. the...
    Alejandro_D, Nov 2022
    The view was amazing. the elevator ride was quick. The only complaint I have is that some of the employees are very rude to the tourist. I had an unpleasant experience with one but one has to choose their battles and at the moment it was not worth it.


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