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Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck

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Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck

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Overview

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.
  • 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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Admission to the Empire State Building
Access to 86th Floor Observatory
Access to second floor immersive exhibits
Free Wi-Fi on-site
Make your own way to the Empire State Library in central NYC every day of the year.

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.
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Empire State Building
Experience the views at the center of it all. Set in the heart of Midtown Manhattan with unmatched vistas of New York City and a panorama that stretches across six states. Immerse yourself in the Empire State Building story on your way to the top. Located on the 2nd and 80th floors, exhibits are open to all ticket holders. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Empire State Building
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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  • "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
  • "If you can pay extra to go all the at to the top." See review

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star-5
Great time at the Empire State Building!
Sharon_A
, Jul 2022
We had a great time and the weather was beautiful. The staff are so helpful and friendly. We will recommend this to all of friends and family.
star-5
Ultimate Views of NY Skylines!
Williba_B
, Jul 2022
Wonderful lifetime memories were made! My kids and I enjoyed the experience and the observatory deck!
star-5
Enjoyed
Lisa_B
, Jul 2022
Really enjoyed this … seeing New York from an iconic building … wasn’t too busy so able to see easily and take photos
star-5
Perfect
Kim_A
, Jul 2022
Great experience! Just loved the way of experiencing New York! A little bit expensive, but you will get good value for money.
star-5
Empire State Building
Nancy_H
, Jul 2022
The view was amazing. It was well organized. A little crowded. My tickets didn’t work at first. We skipped the museum and went straight to floor 102.
star-4
All was good except with...
Valerie_D
, Jul 2022
All was good except with this package we did not have access to the very top. That was confusing because the ticket said we did, but the guides at the Empire State Building said we didn't. Very confusing. Someone needs to straighten this out!
star-4
First and probably last visit
Steven_S
, Jul 2022
I'd never been before despite growing up in the New York area. It's a historic, high view of New York City and the surrounding area. The museum display is as interesting as the view itself, so spend the time reading some of the panels.
star-5
Spectacular
Stephen_F
, Jul 2022
Video footage in lift ceiling was a brilliant start to a wonderful experience of audio visual aids and spectacular views
star-2
Do not get what you pay for
Charles_E
, Jul 2022
We made it to the Empire State building, got into the building, and then find out that the things we paid for through Viator were not available. This includes the express line, as well as getting access to the 102nd floor.
star-4
Viator deception in advertising
James_B
, Jul 2022
The staff were friendly and helpful. They made the experience memorable. DO NOT book through Viator! They lead you to believe you are paying for access to the 102nd floor observation deck. When you sorry, that is not true. Empire staff say that is an ongoing problem with Viator. Take the tour, just book through another agency!
star-4
Empire State Building
David_E
, Jul 2022
Be aware even though had advance tickets still had to queue so would recommend you get there early Otherwise it was excellent
star-4
Glad we did it!
Sam_L
, Jul 2022
It was all really interesting but my favourite part was the bit about the artist who drew the skyline from memory
star-5
Top of NY
Stacy_J
, Jun 2022
We loved the whole experience at the Empire State Building from the educational part to the view at the top!
star-5
Excellent evening
Karen_S
, Jun 2022
Sunset was gorgeous and we whipped past the line. Was a bit crowded on 86th observation deck. Even my teenaged kids thought it was great.
star-3
We had to visit as...
JamesM_C
, Jun 2022
We had to visit as tourists but it was rather disappointing. OK view and experience for $263 for 2 seniors and 4 kids age 11-14. Not great.
star-5
Bucket List Item
Heidi_D
, Jun 2022
Bucket List item checked off the list! This was probably the best experience we’ve had while in New York! 🥰 this opportunity and highly recommend!
star-5
Awesome at night
Tracy_B
, Jun 2022
From start to finish all was memorable. Polite workers, clear directions. No rushing through. Being there at night was well worth it! I'd recommend to anyone all ages!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Phillippa_A
, Jun 2022
Excellent presentation and experience. Well organised. Worth taking time to see all the exhibits. The views are amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good Morning, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Empire State Building, please come again. Best Regards,
star-4
Sunset w/my honey
George_P
, Jun 2022
All the views were as amazing as the last time I was here…….sunset was awesome & the weather was perfect
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good Morning, The New York sunsets are beautiful and especially here at the Empire State Building. Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
star-5
Pleasant Experience
James_L
, Jun 2022
Pleasant experience! Enjoyed the museum part before going to the 80th and 86th floor. A lot has changed since we were here last 2015, the update has made the experience 10x better!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for choosing the Empire State Building, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We are happy the experience made your visit even better this time around, please tell your friends.

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