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Empire State Building Observatory
From the spectacular lobby all the way up to the majestic observatories, this iconic centerpiece of the city’s skyline is a testament to the ingenuity, vision and sprit of New York. With an audio tour detailing the sights and panoramic 360 degree views of Manhattan, it’s a moment you’ll remember forever. Experience The Real Magic. The Real New York.
350 5th Ave. and 34th St.
(877) 692-8439 (NYC-VIEW)esbnyc.com
Open daily, 8am-2am
Last elevator leaves 45 minutes before close.
Special holiday hours apply.
General Admission (86th Floor Observatory) and audio tour. Plus bonus same-night general admission – enjoy a same-day second visit between 10pm – closing.
- At 1,050 feet above the city’s bustling streets, the 86th floor Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass-enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade.
- The audio tour (included with CityPASS) tells you what you’re viewing from every vantage point.
- See the city, rivers, Central Park and up to five states from atop NYC's most famous landmark.
- CityPASS gives you a bonus same-night second visit between 10pm and closing.
After clearing the security line, present CityPASS booklet at second floor access points to bypass the main ticket line. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the main ticket windows. Present CityPASS again at the audio tour kiosk on the 2nd floor for a free audio tour.
Note: 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, CityPASS holders may skip the regular Empire State Building ticket lines and proceed directly to the high speed elevator line.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
102nd Floor Observatory: Available at Observatory ticket office (2nd floor) or 86th floor cashier. Cost for CityPASS holders: $17.
Express Pass: Purchase from any employee to move to the front of each line. Cost for CityPASS holders: $22.50.
High-power Binoculars: Available on promenades for a minimal cost.
Advice for Visitors
- Shortest daily wait times are between 8-10am or after 10pm.
- Enjoy live music on most weekend nights after 9pm.
- Observatory is open until 2am every night for spectacular skyline and night sky views.
Dining: Heartland Brewery, Europa Café, Roses Pizza, Starbucks.
Accessibility: The observatory is wheelchair accessible. Use 34th St. entrance between Bank of America and Hallmark. Note: The 34th Street Handicap Entrance is open only Mon-Fri till 6 p.m. Use Main Entrance for all other times.
Self-Guide: ESB Observatory Audio Tour included in CityPASS admission.
Strollers: Strollers permitted in elevators.
Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St.
Bus: M1, M2, M4, M5, M6, M7, M16, M34
CitySights NY Double Decker bus stop: #6 Downtown Tour
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