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A world-famous landmark in Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has starred in dozens of movies and TV shows, and now it can star in your vacation plans! Visit the observation decks on the 86th or 102nd floor to get an awesome panoramic view over the Big Apple, and visit the Dare to Dream exhibit to learn more about the building’s history and construction.
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Lines for tickets and elevators can be long, especially on holidays and just before sunset, so book a skip-the-line ticket for a smoother experience.
Empire State Building General & Express Ticket Options
Skip the line to buy your ticket and ascend to the 86th floor for incredible panoramic views over New York from the highest open-air observatory in New York. This flexible date ticket allows you to plan your visit around the weather.
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Empire State Building: Day and Night Entry
Visit the Empire State Building twice in one day
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VIP Express Pass: Empire State Building Observatory
Tour Highlights Skip the ticket queue and head straight to the security check. Take in panoramic views of NYC from the tallest open-air observatory and enjoy the surreal sights from the 86th Floor of the ESB. See the famous sights of NY all around you from this 360-degree viewpoint including the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Statue of Liberty and more. Peer through the high-powered binoculars for a closer look at the street level. With your flexible tickets, visit the ESB Observatory anytime within one year from the date of purchase. Why Visit the Empire State Building Observatory Your New York experience isn’t complete until you’ve witnessed the beauty of the city from the heights of the Empire State Building. Climb 1,050-ft into the sky for amazing views of the busy streets, the water bodies, and the New York skyline. You can witness the sunrise over Lady Liberty or witness a stunning sunset over Times Square. The Empire State Observatory is an iconic spot and has played host to many cinematic moments from movies such as King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle, etc. Relive these and bask in the stunning 360-degree views from the top. What is an Empire State Building Express Pass? There are 3 lines to get in to the Empire State Building: Security line, mandatory for all Ticket line Elevators to the observatory. Express Pass holders do not need to stand in the ticketing line and gets priority at the other two lines. Your Experience Upon entering the building, you're greeted by the sight of the impressive chandelier in the lobby of the ground floor. You're then led to the uber-fast elevators that propel you to the glass-enclosed Pavilion on the 86th-floor. The 86th floor has the Empire State Observation Deck. Your total experience of the Empire State Building is inclusive of an Audio Guide available in 8 languages through the 'Empire State Building Experience' App. Enjoy the recently restored Art Deco lobby and murals, 4 educational areas that include the historical Dare to Dream and Sustainability exhibit. Must-See Exhibits The Building Lobby: This recently restored Art Deco Historic Landmark Lobby features ceiling murals which pay homage to the mechanical age, planets and stars, all rendered as an assembly line of gears in 24-karat gold and aluminum leaf. On the wall in the Fifth Avenue lobby is one of the most famous images in New York City, a depiction of the building itself with beams of light radiating from the mast. Dare to Dream Exhibit: This exhibit chronicles the Planning and Construction of the World’s Most Famous Building and captures the building’s history, engineering, and construction, paying tribute to the pioneering work of the architects, builders, and laborers of the day. Here you’ll find original documents including period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes, and daily bookkeeping documents. Sustainability Exhibit: In 2009, the Empire State Building began an award-winning sustainability retrofit. Upon completion of the program, ESB will reduce total energy usage by more than 38 percent, energy costs by $4.4 million annually, and carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years! The exhibit showcases the state-of-the-art technology and processes that went into the overhaul in a fun, comprehensible way, sure to inspire visitors of all ages.
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Empire State Building Sunrise Experience 
Experience the awakening of the Empire State Building and New York City. An unforgettable treat, this sunrise experience is a must see for any visitor to New York City,
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Guided Tours

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Empire State Building VIP Premium tour 
Book your Empire State Building VIP Experience for an intimate tour with an Observatory Ambassador and priority access to the 86th and 102nd floors.
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Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial
Experience New York City like an insider on this action-packed VIP tour that includes early access to the Empire State Building, skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a transfer, walking tour and a hop-on-hop-off cruise. You can upgrade to also include afternoon admission to the 9/11 Museum. Seem like a lot to do in one day? Opt to take your cruise the following day. It's a great way to see NYC’s newest sites and its most iconic attractions, and a Viator exclusive package that can't be booked anywhere else!
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Empire State Building + 9/11 Memorial Museum Tickets
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This More than 3.5 million visit the Empire State Building annually and the 9/11 Tribute Center has attracted 8 million people since 2014. Between both these attractions, you can take in not just amazing visuals and sights but also loads of history. At the Empire State Building you will get to see panoramic, 360-degree views of this stunning city and how it looks. Stand in the lofty, open-air observatory and bask in the surreal views and the picturesque cityscape. Take in the bustling crowds down below as you observe them with the high-powered binoculars. To get the best experience, you should visit during sunrise or sunset. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum pays tribute to the events September 11th, 2001. Visiting this national museum is an emotionally heavy experience which may stir up your emotion as you listen to personal stories of the victims and their families. Featuring over 11,000 artifacts, the museum explore the implications of 9/11 and its continuing significance. Your Experience Empire State Building Observatory Step into the Art Deco lobby and see the incredible murals and paintings that pay an ode to the mechanical age, planets and stars, and more rendered in 24-karat gold. Proceed to the 86th floor enclosed glass pavilion via the uber-fast elevators and prepare yourself to take in the most magnificent views of NYC. From atop the open-air observatory, the view that greets you is magical. Your tickets also get you access to the ‘Dare to Dream Exhibit’, ‘Sustainability Exhibit’ and 4 other educational exhibits at the venue. To make your experience more complete, you may download the ‘Empire State Building Experience’ app from your web store and get an audio guide in 8 languages along with fun facts and details about the structure. 9/11 Memorial Center The 9/11 Memorial Center represents a day which changed the world forever. A tribute to the victims of the deadly twin towers tragedy, over here you can learn about the events before, during and after the horrific day. Visit the Memorial Twin Reflecting Pools which are the largest manmade waterfalls. The names of each person who died are inscribed into bronze panels edging the pools and serve as a powerful reminder of what transpired in the past. Be sure to visit the Survivor Tree, the only living survivor of the day. Besides being emotionally heavy, the museum provides an educative experience and lets you take a deep dive in the history of the towers and the events that led to its fall. Skip the line access to the 86th floor observatory of Empire State Building. Tickets valid for an entire year! Take in panoramic views of NYCs iconic skyline and famous sights from this 360-degree vantage point. Visit the 9/11 Memorial Center and pay tribute to the people who lost their lives during the events of September 2001. Explore the 9/11 museum and see over 11,000 artifacts collected from the crash site and check out the Survivor Tree, the only living thing that remained after the attacks. Learn about the past at various exhibits in both attractions
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NY Icons: Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty Cruise
Atop one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, experience the thrills of NYC. Cruise down the Hudson taking in the famous skyline of New York and getting up close to the Statue of Liberty. This is the best way to experience the icons of NYC.
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off, Empire State Building and Macy's Experience 
Hop on board Big Bus Tours’ sightseeing tour of the city that never sleeps to experience the best views of its distinctive landmarks, and delve into its fascinating history. This tour gives you a 2 day access to the Downtown, Uptown, Harlem, and Brooklyn Hop-On, Hop-Off Loops allowing you to explore all the highlights that New York has to offer. It also includes our Panoramic Night Tour, entrance to Empire State Building’s Main and Top Observatory Decks and a Macy's $10 Gift Card.
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Top Tips

1. The best views can be found on the outside observation deck on the 86th floor. It’s cooler out there, even on sunny days, so make sure you wrap up warm or bring a sweater, and in summer make sure you have sunglasses with you.
Observation Deck | Photo: Flickr, Štěpán Roh - CC BY 2.0
2. Whether you’re inside or outside the building after dark, make sure to check out the lighting calendar. If the building’s lit up in colors that aren’t its signature white you can be sure there’s an event being celebrated: from the Lunar New Year to Presidents’ Day, and even the annual Westminster Dog Show.
Lights from Top of the Rock | Photo: Flickr, Phil Dolby - CC BY 2.0
3. If you want to avoid the crowds it’s best to go early in the morning or late at night. The shortest lines are between 8 am and 10 am, or after 10.30 pm. Plus you’ll get crisp early morning or stunning late night views!
4. Make sure not to skip the exhibits on the 2nd and 80th floors! The Dare to Dream exhibit on the 80th floor tells the story of the planning and construction of the building, including original documents and mementos from some of the 3,400 people who built the Empire State Building.
5. The Empire State Building provides free WiFi and it has its own app with extra materials. Download it before heading into the exhibits or up the elevator to get a multimedia tour in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.
6. If you’re looking for romance, the Empire State Building can help you set the mood! From Thursday to Saturday a saxophonist plays on the outdoor deck of the 86th floor so you’ll feel like you’re in the final scene of a romantic movie - you can even request your favorite song. The music starts after dark, from 9 pm to midnight September to end of May, and from 10 pm to 1 am during summer. On Valentine’s Day, a few lucky couples can even get married in the Empire State Building, but you’ll have to win the annual contest to be one of them!

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall is the Empire State Building?

The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1972, and the first skyscraper to have more than 100 floors. If you’re measuring to the very tip of the Empire State Building, it’s 1453 feet (443m) tall. On the 86th-floor observation deck you’ll be 1050 feet (320m) above street level, and on the 102nd floor, you’ll be 1250 feet (381m) up. Today it’s the 42nd tallest building in the world and there are 3 taller buildings in New York: The One World Trade Center (1776 feet or 541m tall), 432 Park Avenue (1396 feet or 426m tall), and 30 Hudson Yards (1628 feet or 387m tall).

How long should I plan for my visit?

It’s recommended that guests plan at least 2 hours for their visit, which includes lines for security and elevators. During the afternoons, ahead of sunset, and during major holidays you may want to plan 3 hours for your trip due to crowds.

Is it a good site to visit with kids?

Long lines means you might want to pick an express ticket. Or bring some games to play in the line. Strollers are allowed but need to be folded on the observation decks, so bear that in mind when visiting with very young children. Use the restrooms on the 2nd floor before going up in the elevator.

Is it worth visiting the 102nd floor?

Some local New Yorkers think that the 102nd floor is overrated - it’s quite a small room with thick glass windows and it doesn’t have an outdoor terrace, so you can take better pictures from the 86th floor. You’ll also have to queue for another elevator, and by many accounts view isn’t much more spectacular from the higher floor. If you do decide to visit you will get a better view of the bridges and Central Park, plus you’ll get to ride in a hand-operated elevator, which is a unique experience for most guests! It’s up to you to decide, and you don’t have to make that decision before you visit because you can upgrade your ticket once you’re on the 86th floor.

I hate elevators, can I use the stairs?

Unfortunately, the stairs are closed to visitors. The only time members of the public are able to use the stairs is when competing in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up, an event where pro-athletes, celebrities, and lucky competitors drawn from a lottery race up the 1,576 stairs to the 86th floor. The men’s course record is 9 minutes and 33 seconds, set in 2003 by Australian Paul Crake, and the ladies’ record is 11 minutes and 23 seconds, set in 2006 by Andrea Mayr of Austria. The event raises money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).

About Empire State Building

Opening Hours:

The Empire State Building is open every day of the year (including all holidays) from 8 am to 2 am. The last elevator up is at 1.15 am.


9 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001


Tickets for the 86th floor cost $38 for adults, $36 for visitors aged 62 and over, and $32 for children aged between 6 and 12. Children under the age of 6 can enter free of charge. Express passes for the 86th floor only cost $65. An upgrade to the 102nd floor bought on the 86th floor costs an extra $20. Prices may vary depending on the season.

How to get there:

The entrance is on Fifth Avenue, and it’s easy to find your way there on foot from other destinations in Midtown Manhattan. You can also take the subway to Penn Station/34th Street (trains 1, 2, and 3) or to 34th Street/ Herald Square (trains B, D, F, M, N, Q, and R). If you’re intending to book a Hop-On Hop-Off tour while in New York, the building is usually a popular stop.
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