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New York City

NYC Empire State Observatory Admission; Skip The Line Option

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    What to Expect
    Stepping into the lobby of the Empire State Building is an experience of its own, with restored art deco ceiling murals and one of the most famous images of the building above the front desk.

    At the entrance to the second floor, pass through a security checkpoint, and experience 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.

    Then, head to the Visitors’ Center for an elevator ride to the 80th floor, home to the 'Dare to Dream' exhibit that captures the building’s history, engineering, and construction work. See period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes and more.

    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.

    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 the rest of your New York experiences. The VIP pass is especially helpful during holidays and peak season. 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
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
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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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    We arrived in midtown Manhattan early Saturday afternoon 12/23. We walked to Macy's and grabbed some nearby pizza. Then headed over to Empire State building. We arrived and went through the 1st Skip-the-Line line. We then were led down a path reserved for skip-the-line but the
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    The enclosed view on the 86th floor is great, but the on air observation deck in the 102nd floor is what I always what I envisioned whenever I thought of when talking of the Empire State Building. There are free binocular viewers that have guided that allow to easily identify
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    I recently visited the Empire State building after purchasing a Groupon ticket. I want anyone reading this before buying there ticket to not spend a whole lot on skip the line and extra to go up higher. Pay the cheapest price and they will let you go all the way up. It was a bit
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    I went on this tour 5 years ago and in comparison, its so much better. I honestly was dreading the long lines as we went during Thanksgiving. Go earlier in the day as we did not wait in line at 10:30am. They have it so that you walk through the museum as part of a moving
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    We had skip the line tickets. We didn’t really need them since we went about 10:30 at night. It would be well worth the extra money though if you were going earlier in the day. The museum section was interesting, but the true highlight is going to the top and walking around all
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    • Empire State Building
    • Duration: 2h
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