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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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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
  • Upgrade and Skip-the-Line all the way up to the very top, add-on the 102nd top deck
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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
Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line Express Ticket and/or 102nd Deck
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.

Choose to upgrade your ticket to bypass all queues and take the red carpet all the way up to the very top of the building!

For the full iconic Empire State Building Experience, upgrade your ticket to include the 102nd floor. Sixteen stories above our 86th floor observation deck and accessed through a one-of-a-kind glass elevator, the 102nd floor offers true 360-degree views.
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Stop At:  
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 travellers 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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What is the policy on sanitisation during Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck ?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Regularly sanitised 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-4
great sunset views
LISA_B
, Aug 2022
Visiting at sunset is the best time to go in the summer. very convenient to beat the queues. However your website is not clear when booking "beat the queue and access to 102 floor" - I thought that's what I had booked but turns out it was only fast track and tickets to 102 floor were sold out when we got there.
star-4
Great experience of an iconic landmark
Victoria_D
, Aug 2022
Booked the 6.30pm slot on a Tuesday and it was very quiet which made for a really good experience as we didn’t have to really queue for the lifts and could easily find places to stand on floor 86. Fantastic views from the top
star-3
Disappointed
Patricia_D
, Aug 2022
I don’t k ow if we missed something, but it was just like everyone else there. The view was great but I could have bought the tickets right there.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
We had an amazing night...
Ciara_O
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing night at the Empire State Building. All staff extremely friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Fantastic
Debra_S
, Aug 2022
The whole experience was great. I chose express which added to the great experience. No waiting in long queues
star-4
Empire State Bldg Tour on Fri. Aug. 5”22
Cimmarron_M
, Aug 2022
Very good tour. However, the cost was little too expensive. We were glade the weather was great. The Booking and obtaining the tickets was quite easy.
star-1
Misleading
Marjorie_D
, Aug 2022
Extremely disappointed with the purchase of this excursion through your company! I requested (6) 10:00 AM tickets for Wednesday 08/03/22 to include going up to the 102nd floor. Your representative asked if I would like the upgrade to the Express (Beat the Line) ticket - which I agreed, and purchased. While at the Empire State Building ready to board the elevator for the 102 floor, we were denied access and was told our tickets stated it was an option for one or the other 102 Floor or Express - not both!!! Our tickets reflected Express and 102 Floor, but the Bar Code on tickets would not scan and the Empire State Building representative said they have had numerous problems with tickets purchased through VIATOR!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We are so sorry to hear about your negative experience with your viator pass. Please reach out to us at roomtoimprove@esbonyc.com. We would like to assist in anyway possible.
star-5
It was a great adventure
Patrick_W
, Aug 2022
They greeted my family even tho she had on a Red Sox jersey. They help thru thing since we had a walker.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for the review. Everyone is welcomed at the Empire State Building! :)
star-5
Nice view, in and out
Jeremiah_S
, Aug 2022
Made it fast to get in and get out! The VIP line is nice allowing you to skip ahead avoiding the wait
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Happy Travellers
Jeni_T
, Aug 2022
The sections before getting to the top of the building were informative and well laid out. Thir history of it being built were bought to life. Then when we reached the top we were greeted with outstanding 360° views of the city, just brilliant.
star-1
Not as Good as you maybe...
Eduardo_L
, Aug 2022
Not as Good as you maybe think 🤔 Never go back again! Place is to too congested, so tight and the outside area to see the city is not good at all
star-5
Very good experience
Marlin_B
, Aug 2022
I love my experience at the Empire State Building. The staff was pleasant and good and helpful. I like how the elevator had a video shown while going up and down.
star-5
Loved it it was the best...
Samar_K
, Aug 2022
Loved it it was the best 360 view I can ever ask for to see New York. The kids loved it too. Will visit again
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Great views
Traci_R
, Aug 2022
Amazing views. Would be 5 stars except we weren’t told the optional upgrade would involve waiting another hour on the 86th level. We had hoped the express would apply all the way to the 102nd deck.
star-5
First time going up there...
Jessie_B
, Jul 2022
First time going up there and it was wonderful and it was a great experience I recommend for everyone
star-4
Brilliant experience
Jill_R
, Jul 2022
Was a great end to our week in New York - seeing the city at night all lit up was great, queues could be a little better organised
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Epic visit
Trent_F
, Jul 2022
Spent a wonderful day with my family taking in this unbelievable building. The staff was so helpful and kind.
star-5
Really interesting and fun! Very organized.
Marianne_B
, Jul 2022
Definitely go to the 102 floor. The museum is interesting. Of course, the outside deck is a highlight!
star-4
Great View
YenLing_T
, Jul 2022
Good to go early. View was fantastic on the bright day. Spend time reading the History of the empire building. But place is crowded. Ticket is rather expensive.
star-5
High above NYC
CarolAnne_C
, Jul 2022
It was great to see the new upgrades and enjoy the history and experience of The Empire State Building, high above the magnificent view of NYC!

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