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

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    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.

    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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    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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    Purchased the "VIP" tickets but didn't need it on this particular day (Nov 8, 2019). Some of the staff could have been a bit friendlier especially the first lady you come in contact with in the lobby. She seemed over her job but whatever. Didn't let it ruin my first time
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    We had an awesome time here at the Empire State! Amazing views of the whole city! We purchased the ticket that gets you right to the top and it didn’t disappoint! The day was finished off perfectly by the amazing Renita! An absolute bundle of joy and breath of fresh air! So
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    Great experience. We arrived around 10am - good time to go perhaps even 9am better to avoid some line ups. Amazing to see how it was built and in such a short time. History was great - you can go at your own pace. Amazing views from 86...:we didn’t go higher we felt we seen
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    We visited the iconic Empire State Building while in NYC just to 'mark it off our bucket list', and rest assured, it's a CIRCUS. We went on 'off season' for tourists, and it still was wall to wall people and standing in lines for seemed like hours to get thru security to see the
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    Response from Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
    Responded 5 days ago
    Hi ludybudy, We’re sorry to hear you didn’t have a more enjoyable experience with us. To avoid peak-hour lines and crowds, we recommend arriving during our off-peak hours: between 8-10 am or after 11 pm. Please note, general admission tickets are priced similar to other NYC Observatories. We work hard to provide a unique experience for all our guests, and hope you were able to enjoy the other activities we offer, including our timeless Art Deco and architecture, new and exciting interactive exhibits, and our recently renovated 102nd floor with floor-to-ceiling windows offering everchanging panoramic views. Thank you for visiting. - Empire State Building
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    We didn’t need the skip the line to get in the door, there wasn’t a line. However, it did come in handy when we got to the top and we were ready to go to observation deck, the line there was backed up. Do ask the employees exactly where you need to go, we stood in a line we
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    • Empire State Building
    • Duration: 2h
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