NYC Empire State Observatory Admission; Skip The Line Option

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NYC Empire State Observatory Admission; Skip The Line Option
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Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building. Our 86thFloor Observation Deck, open daily from 8am-2am, offers the highest 360 degree open-air vantage point in New York City and on a clear day, you can see up to six states–New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are eight in-building dining options including the contemporary cuisine of STATE Grill and Bar and Tacombi, an authentic taqueria. Located at the center of it all, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

Starting with the spectacular new entrance which opened last August, the second floor galleries allow guests to walk through a museum experience and enjoy a journey into The Empire State Building history and mystique.
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In Brief

Location:
New York City, United States
Country:
United States
Duration:
2 hours
Operates:
Daily
    Highlights:
    Skip the line
    Enjoy fantastic aerial views
    All entrance fees included
    Great overview and orientation of the city
    Family friendly
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    Visit: Empire State Building, 20 West 34th Street, New York City, NY 10118-0114

    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!

    You'll be greeted on the second floor to redeem your pass pre-security, eliminating the need to redeem vouchers at the ticket office. You'll also receive a special wristband to identify you as a VIP Express Experience pass holder.

    VIP Express Experience passes are especially valuable from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year's any time of day and all holiday weekends. Other times of year the pass is recommended for planned visits between 11am and 2pm, and one hour before and after sunset. Limited numbers of passes are sold, so typical wait time is under 5-minutes. Specific wait times cannot be guaranteed, only front of line privileges.

    Voucher can be redeemed within a year of date purchased - plan your visit around the weather!

    Inclusions

    • 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

    Exclusions

    Departure Point

    Empire State Building

    Additional Information

    • 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

    Booking Information

    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

    Cancellation Terms

    Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

    Booking Terms and Conditions

    When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

    Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

    Skip-the-Line is the way to go. Didn't wait at anytime. I wish I had known in advance the top observatory was extra and had to be purchased in advance but because it does sell out. The view from the 86 floor was spectacular. I would most definitely recommend this tour because to line is so long otherwise
    • Submitted 11 Dec 2019
    Wow well worth a visit. Unbelievable views and very interesting gallery showing building of it and films made there etc. Would defo say pay the extra for the skip the line tickets as think you would otherwise be queuing over an hour to get in! Then having to wait for elevators etc. Skip the line tickets we were treated like VIPs just let through in front of everyone else.Please Don t miss the Empire State Building
    • Submitted 11 Dec 2019
    If you want to visit the Empire State Building buying this pass is a MUST. My husband and I went to NYC with our 1 year old so waiting in long lines wasn't really something we wanted to do with him. We saw a huge ling outside the entrance to the empire state building walked to the front of the line and went to a completely different entrance than everyone else... walked past hundreds of people who were in line and got right to the elevator to the 80th floor, you also will get to skip the line to the 86th floor as well as the ride down. The entire excursion took us 45 min (and we hung out on the 80th and 86th floor for awhile) and if we didn't buy this we would have easily been waiting for over 3 hours (per one of the people we spoke with).
    • Submitted 10 Dec 2019
    No lines! Really helpful. One thing to be aware of is you don't get to 102nd floor with this package --we upgraded to get this. But skipping the line was really worth it. They have really invested in the museum here and the whole experience. It is worth upgrading to see 102nd observatory. It is small, but it is indoor and worth seeing. The lower observatory is outside and is also worth seeing.
    • Submitted 03 Dec 2019
    This is a must do for the first-time NYC visitor! We had such a great time here. Such an awesome view with many photo ops! Just the history alone was amazing; and of course, the King Kong experience was hilarious! Of all the celebrity photos posted, I was disappointed that the Lucy and Ethyl dressed as "women from mars" photos were left out - that was one iconic I Love Lucy episode that should really be included as a memorable Empire State Building moment! A tip to add is definitely get the "skip the line" tickets - it is well worth the price and you'll thank yourself later!
    • Submitted 02 Dec 2019
    Went early morning to avoid queues- 8.30a.m and no waiting in line at all. Really well organised and efficient. Views absolutely amazing on a cold sunny day.
    • Submitted 18 Nov 2019
    Enjoyed the fast track of the skip the line tickets, especially since, my friend and I had a limited amount of time for this site. Nothing like seeing New York City for the first time and checking off the bucket list places and this was one of the highlights of our 4-day weekend adventure.
    • Submitted 06 Nov 2019
    Straight through turnstiles with skip the line ticket. A really beautiful building and a fantastic view. Highly recommend a visit when in NYC.
    • Submitted 04 Nov 2019
    Renovations to Empire State Tour are fantastic. Wonderful new museum. Buying the extra tickets for the 102 floor is a MUST!! New floor to ceiling windows. It is thrilling.
    • Submitted 15 Oct 2019
    Perfect night out on the empire state building, we visited on a sunday night and it was very quiet, No ques at all
    • Submitted 08 Oct 2019
    The entire experience was very enjoyable; employees were courteous, the entire building was so clean,
    • Submitted 07 Oct 2019
    Great simple ticket only experience. Didn't go for the "beat the line" option and got lucky on the Sunday as there wasn't one!! Staff were nice and friendly and the building is just amazing.
    • Submitted 03 Oct 2019
    best way to do this tour "SKIP THE line" you get right in and no waiting and first access to elevators!!! EXCELLENT!!! Great way to see this iconic building with an amazing view!!!!!
    • Submitted 30 Sep 2019
    Paid for SKIP the line priorty tickets, there was no question so was able to go straight in. Go views, worth a visit.
    • Submitted 25 Sep 2019
    It was a great experience and I do not like heights. If you to do not like heights , the lower observation deck is great. Did not experience the upper deck because it was closed
    • Submitted 16 Sep 2019
    I would definitely recommend the additional cost as it reduces the queuing time greatly however you do all get in the same elevator so a bit of a bottle neck there but my advice go early in the day to avoid the queue
    • Submitted 19 Aug 2019
    No waiting and worth doing as the sights from the Empire State Building give you a good prospective of midtown.
    • Submitted 15 Aug 2019
    Worth purchasing entry ticket in advance we did not purchase skip the line. Queuing was not at all bad as we already had a ticket. Views were great and you cant really go to NY and not visit here
    • Submitted 15 Aug 2019
    We were in the building in the evening, which was great, because there were not so many people = not so long waiting lines. - The view was amazing in the evening. You could see all the lights far away, and the view was beautiful. The staff were friendly and good help.
    • Submitted 13 Aug 2019
    A must for anyone visiting the city. We went on a Tuesday August morning at 0930 and the queues were virtually non-existent. Staff very helpful and friendly.
    • Submitted 08 Aug 2019
    We bought skip the line tickets after much debate and were very glad we had done so when we arrived and there was a lot of people! We got up to the top within 10 minutes which was excellent. We went at sunset which is an amazing time to be there, but my only complaint is that there are a lot of rude people who block the vantage points for taking photographs and it can take a long time and a bit of jostling to squeeze in to capture the best shots. Very frustrating- please have a bit of courtesy!!
    • Submitted 31 Jul 2019
    During our reserved slot there was heavy rain. On entrance we were told we could come back another day with rhe same tickets. We went up early (8:15 AM) and did not need our VIP upgrade. No lines yet. After having visited Top of the Rock this was a good addition. Great views!
    • Submitted 29 Jul 2019
    This visit was everything we thought it would be. Stunning interior and the views were mind blowing.
    • Submitted 15 Jul 2019
    Went at 8am- no lines, no waiting, very few others. Gift shop was also a substantial upgrade from before! Great overall experience!
    • Submitted 08 Jul 2019

    In Brief

    Location:
    New York City, United States
    Country:
    United States
    Duration:
    2 hours
    Operates:
    Daily
      Highlights:
      Skip the line
      Enjoy fantastic aerial views
      All entrance fees included
      Great overview and orientation of the city
      Family friendly

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