Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
A must see classic New York Experience, well recommended but I still had to wait in the regular ticket queue at ESB for the Viator printed voucher to be 'cashed in' for proper tickets. The 2 dollar saving was probably not worth it especially as you have to select your date with Viator. Whilst we were at the ticket booth we went for the $15 extra ticket to get you to the 102nd floor. We went up around 6pm in the evening in May and there were maybe 10 people in the ticket queue. Plan to spend some hours here, it takes about an hour just to get through all the mazes of lines including security, tickets, elevators and waiting to get a good spot once you are up there. So we missed the sunset! Worth it though. Bring a camera but leave the tripod, it's not allowed up there. We did top of the rock too which is a bit more relaxed, both offer unique views but ESB is much higher.Reviewed by: Robert D, May 2013
Myself and my daughter went up at around 8:30am on a clear, very windy day and the views over the city were nothing short of spectacular. Having visited the Top of the Rock on a previous trip, I much prefered the Empire State Building.Reviewed by: SANDRA A, May 2013
Worth Every penny!Reviewed by: Beth O, April 2013
Have been up previously, but the views are still breathtaking! Went on a Saturday night after a dinner cruise and buffet, so no queues. Saxophonist plays at the weekend to provide additional ambience. Saved a few dollars booking with Viator too.Reviewed by: Bip88, United Kingdom, May 2013
Wonderful; glad we made the Empire State Building our first stop in NYC....Reviewed by: Susan K, April 2013