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Empire State Building

Extra! Skip the ticket line! The Empire State Building is hands-down the world's most famous skyscraper. Take a ride to the top of this art deco icon for a panoramic view of the city that will leave you breathless. A must-do for any first-timer to NYC.
  • Adult gate price $29.00
  • Child gate price $23.00
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The Empire State Building is easily one of America’s most recognizable and emotionally-charged landmarks. It’s difficult to look up at it from the streets of “the greatest city in the world” and feel anything less than a sense of awe and pride. The only thing more spectacular is standing at the top and looking down. Whether you’re visiting New York for its architecture, its history, or its romance, you should not leave The Big Apple without visiting an iconic venue that combines all three; The Empire State’s eponymous skyscraper.

Riding 1,050 feet in a high-speed elevator, you will be flown up to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, where you will enter the climate-controlled observatory area that allows for stunning 360 degree views of the city.

The Empire State Building Observatory is one of New York’s top tourist destinations, regardless of the time (the observation deck is open from 8AM-2AM) or the season (guests can enjoy the beauty of New York City from the comfort of a glass observation area, or opt for the outdoor observation deck on warmer days).

The Empire State Building was part of a Great Depression-era competition to construct the world’s tallest building, and was the first structure ever to consist of more than 100 floors, topping the record height with an extra two floors. It was officially opened in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover, who turned on the building’s lights remotely by pushing a button in Washington, D.C.

The Empire State Building is instantly recognizable thanks to its art deco design, which, in addition to its impressive height, sets it apart from neighboring skyscrapers. The top of the building is sometimes illuminated with floodlights in recognition of various holidays, or for more somber occasions, such as in the months immediately following the September 11th attacks, when it was bathed in red, white, and blue light. Following the infamous attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City.

Don’t leave New York City without checking out this legendary tower that represents American ingenuity, perseverance, and triumph in times of hardship. A ride up to the Empire State Building Observatory is a legitimate feel-good trip that will join you in solidarity with other visitors as you marvel at the magnificence of old New York.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Absolute con
By Andy from England on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

Smart Destinations clearly say you can skip the queue at this attraction - but you cant. I emailed them about this and they claimed that they dont advertise that you can skip- incredidle- they even have a photo of ESB saying skip the line!! They also suggested that the queue is a security line again this is not true. Dont waste your money.

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smooth ticket process
By jHat Verified Reviewer from Texas on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

We found this to be helpful. We went through security and proceeded as though we already had tickets (which we thought we did.) However, we were asked to go to the ticket line to get the ticket. We didn't have to wait and were escorted to the front of the line. From there, it was easy. I would recommend this, especially if you are combining it with another attraction and getting a discount. If you aren't combining it, it's just as easy to get it through the ESB website!

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[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Good View of the city
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario Canada on
Pros:
Nice pics taken, good view
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

Nice trip up to the top of the Empire state building ... line moved quickly ...

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[11 of 15 customers found this review helpful]

FYI
By Jennifer R Verified Reviewer from Toronto on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

We just got back from NYC. We purchased the Go Select pass with the attractions we wanted to go to. The Empire Statue building was one of them. While it did save us a bit of money combining it with the other attractions, the staff at the Empire State Building gave us quite a hard time with this pass. We were stopped at the gate where they scan the tickets and were told we had to exchange our voucher at the ticket booth (even though it clearly says on the voucher we don't have to wait in the ticket line). Once at the ticket booth we were told they can't scan it there, and to go to the gate where they scan the tickets. Once we got back there we had to walk around with an employee to find their manager because they had never seen this pass before. Once we found the manager he told them its a "new" pass and it should work with the scanner. It did, and we finally got in, but since we were there quite early and there was no line ups, it would have been less of a hassel to just buy a ticket there. My advice, is to tell them right off the bat that it is a "new" pass and to just try and scan it.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

A Must
By Edinburgh Gill Verified Reviewer from Edinburgh on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

A must for wne you come to NYC

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Must do!
By Jumpin Joyce Verified Reviewer from San Jose, CA on
Pros:
A once in a lilfetime, Amazing views
Cons:
Long Ticket line,
Best Uses:
Great for everyone,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

Everyone needs to do the Empire State Building, right? The ticket line is pretty long though during busy times so maybe good to check ahead to see when lines aren't as long. Once you get up there though, you really can see the entire city. It's an amazing feeling being at the top!

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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

Go late at night
By smart traveler Verified Reviewer from richmond va on
Pros:
The View Duh, Iconic
Cons:
Lines,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

So we went to check out the Empire State Building, because well, it's THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING! Tried on a friday afternoon and the lines were overwhelming. It's open til 2 am, so we decided to come back later. Ended up nearby for dinner and decided to try again at 10am. SUCCESS! Was worth it. The city lights were amazing and we stayed for an hour. There was a pretty decent Sax player there to entertain. Well worth it. Do yourself a favor and go early or late to beat the lines!

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[44 of 45 customers found this review helpful]

Be prepared to wait in line 2 hours
By DaveF Verified Reviewer from Boise, ID on
Pros:
Bright lights, History, Architecture, Big City
Cons:
Babylon, No express, Human hubris, Long wait
Best Uses:
Spouse stability tester, Child patience checker, Time killer,
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Empire State Building Observatory:

This product is not exactly delivered as advertised. There is no advantage in skipping lines at this attraction with the Explorer pass. There are other pass products that do allow you to skip lines. They cost more. All you get with this pass is a ticket. You might as well pay cash.

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Empire State Building Details

Phone: 212-736-3100
Address
350 5th Avenue
New York City, NY
Hours
Daily, 8:00 am-2:00 am
(Last admission is at 1:15 am, Observatory closes at 2:00 am)
Closings
Special hours may be in effect:
July 4th
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve
New Year's Day
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
350 5th Avenue
New York City, NY
Public Transportation
By Subway: Walking distance from Penn Station, Grand Central Station, Times Square, and less than one block from 34th St Subway stop.
Driving Directions
Parking is available throughout Manhattan at pay lots. Empire State Building is located on 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets.

Admission and Offer Information

After first going through security, there are two modes of entry with your Go Select pass:

  1. If using a printed pass, present your Go Select admission pass page directly at the turnstile. The bar code at the bottom of the page will be scanned at the turnstile for entry. You do not need to wait in the box office line.
  2. If using your Go Select Pass on your mobile phones/tablets, present your mobile device at any of the six windows at the box office. Please note all tickets on your order will print together. There will be no exceptions to this. Please plan accordingly.

Note:
Everyone must go through the security check - ONLY carry-on size and style bags allowed. Camera and camcorders are allowed but no tripods.

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