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The Empire State Building Experience

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Highlights

  • Look out on New York City from 1,050 feet above the bustling streets below.
  • See panoramic views of up to five states from the surrounding open-air promenade or from climate controlled viewing galleries.
  • Get the details about what you’re viewing from every vantage point with The Empire State Building Experience Official Multimedia Guide, free for download on Apple and Android devices.
  • Take in the whole Empire State Building Experience, including the newly renovated art-deco lobby and the sustainability and historical exhibits.
The Empire State Building is a trademarked image and used with permission by ESRT.

Location

THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING EXPERIENCE
350 5th Ave. and 34th St.
New York, NY 10118
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Contact

Hours

Open daily, 8am-2am
Last elevator leaves 45 minutes before close.
Special holiday hours apply.

(877) 692-8439 (NYC-VIEW)
esbnyc.com

Offers/Upgrades

102nd Floor Observatory: Available at Observatory ticket office (2nd floor) or 86th floor cashier. Cost: $20.

Express Pass: Purchase from an official Empire State Building employee at the onsite ticket office on the day of arrival to move to the front of each line. Cost: $33. Please note: Street sales agents outside of the building are not employed by the Empire State Building Observatory and are not authorized to sell Express upgrades.

High-power Binoculars: Available on promenades for a minimal cost.

Advice for Visitors

Tips:

  • Be sure to download The Empire State Building Experience Official Multimedia Guide. Before your visit, peruse image galleries and stunning light shows, or learn about the Sustainability and Race to the Top exhibits. Once on site, the app serves as your personal tour guide as you move from the ground floor to the 360-degree open air views of the observation deck. Available for iPhone and Android.
  • Observatory is open until 2am every night for spectacular skyline and night sky views.
  • Enjoy live music on most Thursday - Saturday evenings after 9pm.
  • Whether its breakfast, lunch, or dinner, State Grill and Bar is located on the 1st floor to cater to your dining needs.
  • During busy times, you may encounter a line outside the front door. For comfort and security, there’s a limit on the number of people waiting inside at one time. Once inside, you may skip the regular Empire State Building ticket lines and proceed directly to the high speed elevator line.
  • Check the Time to the Top here to better plan your visit.
  • Visitors to the observatory can enjoy free wifi onsite.

Amenities:

  • Dining: State Grill and Bar, Heartland Brewery, Europa Café, Starbucks

Best time to visit: Shortest daily wait times are between 8-10am or after 10pm.

Accessibility: The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. We have handicapped restrooms on the 86th Floor Observatory and also have lowered viewing walls and binoculars. Service dogs are allowed throughout the building. Motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted. The 86th Floor has ramps to make getting around easier and lowered viewing walls so that visitors in chairs can still take in the view.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for directions.

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