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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. Upgrade for skip-the-line access.
  • 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
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In the heart of NYC
Unobstructed 360 degree view Observation Deck
Access to new second floor immersive exhibits
Revamped 80th floor featuring exciting, artistic exhibits
Free admission for children 5 and under

Departure Point

Empire State Building, 20 West 34th Street, New York City, NY 10001
Make your own way to the Empire State Library in central NYC, bearing in mind the opening hours of 11:00am-10:00pm, every day of the year. The last elevator to the top runs at 9:15pm.

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.

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, and all audio, signage and exhibits are available in 9 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
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Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is waiting for you day or night. Come watch the sunset as New York is bathed in warm orange, red and yellow tones, then stick around as the lights come on all over town. Or come later and listen to the live music (weekends only) as the stars and lights twinkle romantically. Whenever you come, enjoy the magic without the wait. There are 3 lines at the Empire State Building Observatory: the security line (required for all visitors), the ticket line and the elevator line. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher. VIP Express Experience Upgrade Speed past the lines on your way to the tallest point in Manhattan! Your VIP Express Experience voucher will enable you to proceed directly to the front of every line, saving valuable time to do all the other things New York is famous for. Don't spend your valuable holiday time waiting in line -- there's no faster way to the top of the Empire State Building!
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • 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
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Traveler Tips

  • "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." See review
  • "Dusk offers most magnificent views of Manhattan, so try to time your visit accordingly." See review
  • "If you want to visit the Empire State Building buying this pass is a MUST." See review


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, Jun 2021
Haven't done this in years. Was great to share this with my daughter and her friends. Staff was wonderful!
Above the city
, Jun 2021
We had the skip a line pass. It was nice but honestly not needed. The lines moved rather fast. Once past the lines you could take you time viewing the sites.
Quick access and convenient way to see the best views
, Jun 2021
Beautiful views at twilight and after sunset with easy access. Probably the best way to see the mega city that never sleeps
Worth it!
, Jun 2021
We loved the Empire State Building experience after we got in. There was an issue with the ticket I bought for my son - it wouldn't scan properly because it was a certificate and not a ticket?? Either way, the staff at the ESB handled the situation efficiently, and we entered. There wasn't a wait and we enjoyed every part of the museum, King Kong exhibit, the indoor panoramic views, and of course the outside deck. Thank you!
, Jun 2021
This was really cool, definitely a must do if visiting New York. How often do you get to go up 86 floors and see an amazing view. We decided to spend the extra $ to go up to the 102nd floor which was also pretty cool but a bit pricey.
, Jun 2021
Fabulous. We had a great time. Tickets were right on. The day went very smoothly. My friends and I had a blast.
SAVE your money
, Jun 2021
Skip the line tickets were not at all necessary because there was no line. Wasted money. I could have walked up and bought tickets for the 102nd floor for a hundred dollars less than I aid for the 86 floor. All in all I feel like I got ripped off
Waste of time and money. Wanted to see more
, Jun 2021
I expected more. What was showed to me was not worth the money spent. Paid VIP but was the same as just regular entrance. There was no difference and had to find personal to get help. Bad experience. Nothing exciting to see some things was closed off.
A must see!!
, Jun 2021
Was a great experience and recommend it to everyone visiting New York! You can see the entire city from the 86th floor, very cool.
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No tour guild showed up
, Jun 2021
No your guide show up!! I had to wait in line no vip tour experience was experience!! I would not recommend this tour to anyone!!

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