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New York Skyride

350 Fifth Ave., New York City, NY 10118 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #696 of 846 attractions in New York City
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Type: Movie Theaters, Game/ Entertainment Centers
Description: Big screen simulated thrill ride located on the second floor of the Empire State Building.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We went in because we had New York Passes and we were already heading up the ESB anyhow, thus there was no additional cost to us. Our 7 year old enjoyed it, however, my wife & I were astonished that there hadn't been a noticeable upgrade to the Skyride in its 15-odd year lifetime. I completely understand the outrage of... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Rip off, avoid it completely. Like most we were approached just outside of the Empire State Building with a promise to avoid the standard lineup and have an exciting virtual helicopter tour. OLD OLD OLD technology that needs a serious upgrade. With HD and 3D available so readily this is hopelessly outclassed and reflects poorly on the Empire State Building,... More

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Fishers, IN
16 reviews 16 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I'm mostly disappointed in myself for not doing my normal research. We paid over $100 more than necessary to get to the 86th floor observation deck. We were told it got us up quicker. It did not. We were never told that Sky Ride was a simulated motion ride. I get sick. If they approach you, walk away.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Like many reviewers say here, this is a big scam. The NY Skyride management has some of their employees posing as Empire State Building employees and selling tickets to visitors by meeting them on the streets. They force you into buying the tickets by stating that they are fast track tickets to the 86th floor of the observatory. They never... More

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Wroclaw, Poland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The show walue is lesser then NY hotdog. This is side robery for people going to the top of Empire State Building. Aviod!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

okay, let me start by saying....after 3 attempts we have yet to make it to the top. we were told so many different and conflicting directions that the vacay ended w 3 trip to the empire and not one look out over the observatory. If you get the new york pass...still except to wait 3 to 4 hours for the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We were approached by a really nice sales guy about going up the Empire state which we had planned to do and sold the package with line-jump and video etc. We got the line-jump which was good but the rest of the experience is really outdated and boring. The video is some 90's cheezy video tour of New York with... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

its, jerky, blurry, and the screen is pretty much a large TV size nowaday, certainly not impressive.. Nothing against them but, yes, I feel ripped off.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Avoid or don't even listen to street vendors selling the Skyride and Express Lane tickets. The ride is jumpy, rough, bouncy, outdated and simply boring and not worth it. And there is no 3 hours wait time as they claim. To buy your tickets either buy them online from the official Empire State Building website or just go straight to... More

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Weston, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We hasn't intended to do this ride. We arrived at the Empire State Building and were told there was a 90 minute wait, but if we did the NY Skyride it would be less than 15 minutes. This sounded good. There were a number of people hocking the ride outside the building. They are good talkers. This guy said that... More

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