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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.
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NYC: Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Skip the ticket line and ascend to the 86th floor for incredible panoramic views across 6 states from the highest 360 degree open-air vantage point in New York City.
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Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket

Find yourself in the center of it all, above it all, when you visit the Empire State Building’s open-air 86th Floor Observation Deck. As the most famous observatory in the world, the 86th Floor has been the setting of dozens of movie and television scenes, as well as tens of millions of unforgettable personal moments.This day and night ticket allows you to experience the city from the world's most famous building. Experience the 360-degree, open-air observatory under the sun and the sparkling city lights the same night.
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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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The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building

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Your New York adventure just got easier, and less expensive, with this all-inclusive sightseeing pass that gives you access to more than 100 things to do. From the city’s most iconic attractions, including the Empire State Building and the 9/11 memorial, to the hidden gems and tours with locals. Including extra perks at many museums and locations, as well as a free insider guidebook to help you plan your itinerary, The New York Pass® lets you spend more time exploring, instead of wasting your precious New York minutes in line. Get ready to Access Amazing® with your New York Pass.
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3 Day Hop-on Hop-off with Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty

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Discover all the magic of New York City from an Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tour and view the City from above on top of the iconic Empire State Building, the skyscraper that defines the Manhattan Skyline. Enjoy your day of unlimited rides throughout New York City where you can hop on and hop off as often as you'd like and for as long as you'd like. Explore all the famous sights in Midtown, Downtown, and Uptown such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, Wall St. and the Statue of Liberty. Grab a breath of fresh air navigating around Central Park or be able to hop off at world-famous museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Empire State Building VIP Premium tour

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Book your Empire State Building VIP Experience for an intimate tour with an Observatory Ambassador and priority access to the 86th floor.
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New York City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour including Empire State Building Admission

Create your own sightseeing itinerary with the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour! A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to explore every corner of the Big Apple and, with lively tour guides to keep you entertained and informed, you are sure to learn facts old and new about the city that never sleeps! This ticket also gains you access to Empire State Building.
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Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

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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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Full-Day NYC Tour w/ Statue of Liberty & Empire State Building (opt)

Explore New York City's most popular attractions with this guided, full-day, riding and walking tour in their private bus. Visit the Statue of Liberty, St Patrick's Cathedral, Take a walking tour of the 911 Memorial,enjoy lunch in Little Italy, and so much more.. Maximizing time on tours makes the experience in New York much more enjoyable. Empire State Building tickets are NOT included. You can include an Optional Ticket to the Empire State Building (USD$38 ) where our guides will tell you the best times to arrive for minimal wait (with access to the 86th Floor Observation Deck). Or, you can reserve through us, a VIP Express Pass! Enjoy these benefits:- Premium Access to one of the most popular attractions In NYC!- Skip Every Line to the Observation Deck ( An Up to 2 Hour wait most days)Please Call to reserve your Passes after Booking
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NY Icons: Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty Cruise

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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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Viator Exclusive: Skip the Line Empire State Building w/STATE Grill & Bar Dinner

Experience one of New York City's top sights without the lines, with this exclusive offer, available only through Viator. Ditch the crowds with an express, skip-the-line pass for the Empire State Building’s Main Observatory deck. On your ride up, listen to stories from the elevator operator, who controls your ascent in the manually operated Otis lift — don't miss a photo with the old-school operator after your ride. Experience expansive views of the Manhattan skyline, neighboring boroughs, and 80 miles into the distance. Cap off your night with a 3-course dinner at STATE Grill and Bar (ranked 4.5 stars by TripAdvisor users), located on the Empire State Building’s first floor.
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6 Tips for Visiting the Empire State Building

Observation Deck | Photo: Flickr, Štěpán Roh - CC BY 2.0
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.
Lights from Top of the Rock | Photo: Flickr, Phil Dolby - CC BY 2.0
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).

New York's Highest Observation Decks

Total Height
Height of Observation Deck
Open Since
New York
Empire State BuildingNew York | USA
443m#2 in New York#3 in USA#17 worldwide
373m#2 in New York#3 in USA#14 worldwide
One World Trade CenterNew York | USA
546m#1 in New York#1 in USA#8 worldwide
387m#2 in USA#13 worldwide
30 Hudson YardsNew York | USA
387m#3 in New York#5 in USA#26 worldwide
342m#4 in USA#17 worldwide
Burj KhalifaDubai | UAE
828m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
585m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
Eiffel TowerParis | France
324m#1 in France#42 worldwide
276m#1 in France#36 worldwide
The ShardLondon | UK
310m#1 in UK#46 worldwide
244m#1 in UK#52 worldwide
Empire State Building is number 2 in New York and number 14 on the worldwide list of the tallest buildings with an observation deck.

General Information

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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