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12 things to know before visiting Empire State Building
Empire State Building is in Manhattan. Take 1, 2, or 3 trains and get down at Penn Station/34th Street or take B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R trains and get down at 34th Street/ Herald Square.
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Empire State Building has two observatories – on the 86th and 102nd floors that offer a 360-degree view of the city.
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Exploring Empire State Building’s 86th floor observatory takes at least an hour. If you prefer, you can upgrade to the 102nd-floor at the venue.
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Some prefer to visit Empire State Building early in the morning and see the sun rise over New York.
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At Empire State Building, visitors must stand in three lines - the queue at the ticketing counter, the one at the security check, and the last queue in front of the elevators.
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More than 90% of the visitors opt for the cheapest option - the Standard ticket. It costs 45 USD for an adult and helps you skip the line at the ticket counter.
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Express Entry tickets are also known as VIP tickets. They help visitors skip all the three queues and cost 85 USD per person.
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After seeing the 86th-floor observatory, if you prefer, you can upgrade your Standard or Express Entry tickets by paying USD 20 more to go up to 102nd floor.
Some tourists prefer to visit twice - once during the day and once at night after 9.30 pm. The AM/PM Combo pass is the ideal ticket for such visitors.
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Most tourists don’t know that the Empire State Building is open until 2 am every night. The last elevator goes up to the observatory at 1:15 am.
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Empire State Building tickets are not timed. They are valid anytime from 8 am to 1.15 am the next day, offering visitors a lot of flexibility.
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Visitors on budget holiday can get a taste of the Empire State Building without buying entry tickets. The building’s lobby is considered a historic landmark, and you can explore it for free.
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Good luck with your visit!