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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 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.
  • 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.

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.
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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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jun 2018

It's actually not a very long tour, but when you look at the line even late in the night you will that yourselves for having got the beat the queue tickets, amazing trip to then top and enough time to capture the environment, the world below and selfies and family photos galore. Make sure you have good night time photographic camera which can work on low light rather than zapping its harsh flash, if visiting at night time.

, May 2018

We visited the Empire State building during the evening to see the night lights of New York and what amazing views we had. By having the skip the line tickets we were able to get up and down without waiting for ages which is the best tickets to book. The staff are great too and make sure you get through as quickly as possible. Definitely a must see :-

Sunil D
, May 2018

Just great, been up a few times already!

, May 2018

Great tour. When at night time which was beautiful.

Lisa H
, Apr 2018

Amazing Views and you don't have to wait in long lines.

Mark G
, Apr 2018

Purchased the Skip the Line tickets. Worth the extra for the skip the line tickets as no waiting in long lines. Great view at the top from level 86.

alice s
, Apr 2018

It is worth every penny for skip the line tickets!

, Apr 2018

I paid for Skip the line
Dont waste your money on skip the line.
1st told not skip the lin....
2nd given band and reciept taken
3rd wanted receipt...had to hunt down email...more waiting..
4 when leaving you queue like everyone...
It took 25mins to get out....
And no one cares.

, Apr 2018

Breezed right past a very long line with the skip-the-line tickets. Made the visit very quick and more time to see more sights! Worth the extra money for sure.

Luke M
, Apr 2018

This was awesome! We went at night. Unbelievable view! I highly recommend paying the extra for the VIP experience. The lines were crazy long! It took about 15 minutes for us to get to the top from the time we got out of the taxi to the time we were at the top looking at the view. If we had to wait in line it would have taken easily 2 hours or more. Longest part was going thru security! We got some dirty looks and shocked faces from people that didn't get the VIP experience when we were ushered to the front of all the lines and it was pretty funny!
We felt like real VIP's! Pay the extra !

Product code: 2194EMPIRE

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