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Highlights

  • Walk through the newly-designed entrance and take in the grand staircase featuring a two-story, built-to-scale architectural model of the building, PLUS get a glimpse of the high-tech LED exhibit that celebrates lighting ceremonies performed by famous celebrity guests.
  • NEWLY OPENED 2nd FLOOR MUSEUM! Don't miss the immersive exhibit galleries on the second floor. See the New York City streets of the late 1920s come to life in full color as the construction of the Empire State Building begins, and watch hot rivets and steel beams fly overhead; learn about both original and modern Otis elevators that power 4 million visitors’ trip to the top each year; see highlights of ESB’s starring role in pop culture through the decades, as well as images and signed memorabilia from some of the most famous visitors; experience a close encounter with King Kong (you can even step into his hands!), and more.
  • Take in panoramic views of up to six states from the 86th floor’s 360-degree open-air promenade, heated for comfort, or from climate-controlled viewing galleries; high-powered binoculars are available free of charge.
  • Look out on New York City from 1,050 feet above the bustling streets below and experience one-of-a-kind views of Central Park, The Hudson River and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and much more.
  • Get the details about what you’re viewing from every vantage point with The Empire State Building Official Multimedia Guide, free for download on Apple and Android devices.
  • Enjoy the revamped 80th floor; plan your custom NYC itinerary on NYCGo’s Above and Beyond interactive exhibit and browse exciting artistic exhibits.
  • Choose from eight in-building dining options, offering food and drink for every appetite and occasion.
  • Round out your Empire State Building experience exiting via the historic and iconic Art Deco lobby on 5th Avenue.
The Empire State Building is a trademarked image and used with permission by ESRT.

Location

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
20 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10118
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Hours

Open Daily
Through Oct 18: 11am-11pm
Oct 19-Nov 25: 11am-10pm
Nov 26-29: 11am-11pm
Nov 30-Dec 18: 11am-10pm
Dec 19-Jan 3: 11am-11pm
Jan 4-Feb 28: 12am-9pm
Last elevator leaves 45 minutes before close.
Special holiday hours may apply.

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

Offers/Upgrades

State Bar and Grill and Tacombi: The State Bar and Grill, featuring sophisticated American cuisine and locally-sourced dishes, and Tacombi, with fresh, house-made tacos, juices, aguas frescas, sangrias and more, both offer exclusive prix-fixe menus for Observatory guests; click here to purchase.

Express Pass: Get to the top faster with an 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 for CityPASS guests: $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.

15% off Your Purchase: 15% off at Showtime Pictures and The Official Empire State Building Store.

102nd Floor Observatory: Venture up the Empire State Building’s mast in a glass elevator as you approach the newly-renovated 102nd Floor Observation Deck, featuring 360-degree views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Purchase upgrade onsite. Cost for CityPASS guests: $30+tax.

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Advice for Visitors

Tips:

  • The Empire State Building Official Multimedia Guide serves as your own personal tour guide, taking you all the way from the ground floor to the 360-degree open-air views of the Observation deck. You can even click on the interactive app to hear more about the city’s key landmarks and neighborhoods as you view them from above. Find fun facts, image galleries, stunning light shows to music, and more. Available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and German for iPhone and Android.
  • 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.
  • Visitors to the observatory can enjoy free wifi onsite.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.

Amenities:

  • Dining: STATE Grill and Bar, Tacombi, Starbucks, Sushi-Teria

Best time to visit: Between 8-10am or after 9pm.

Accessibility: The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant, with handicapped restrooms on the 86th Floor Observatory and 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.