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The Empire State Building Experience in New York, NY

350 5th AvenueNew York, NY 10118
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Overview

Ideal for guests of all ages, The Empire State Building Experience offers a unique opportunity to see New York City from atop one of its most iconic landmarks. Guests can enjoy the building’s art-deco lobby; majestic observatories; panoramic views of Manhattan and Central Park; and more. The experience also includes an audio tour that educates you about different spots from each vantage point.

Description

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The Empire State Building is more than just a view. It’s an immersive experience inside a world famous landmark. In addition to our Observation Decks, your visit includes the newly restored lobby with its stunning art deco ceiling murals, the historical Dare To Dream Exhibit, the new Sustainability Exhibit, and an interactive audio device.

Get a sneak peak of everything the Empire State Building Experience offers with this virtual video tour. The tour walks you through the whole experience, from the newly renovated art-deco lobby through the sustainability and historical exhibits, up to our observatories. See for yourself what makes the Empire State Building Experience a must-see on your next NYC visit.

We’re open every day, including all holidays, 365 days a year, rain or shine from 8AM to 2AM.*
The last elevator up is at 1:15AM.
See you soon at the Empire State Building!

Reserve New York City Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Megan A.
16 Reviews
"Amazing Views in all Directions!"
May, 2016
We went in April, it was a really cold day.. but totally worth it. You can walk around to see in every direction and it's amazing. I would have really liked to go at sunset or even at night and would suggest going on a clear day. The lines were really short in April.
Tip: You can pay $20 to upgrade to the 102th Floor!

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Reserve New York City Customer
6 Reviews
"Beautiful Views"
May, 2016
Amazing views at every angle. We went during the day and we could see the Statue of Liberty. It was very windy. The lines were very short (in the first of April). It's a good way to take in NYC. You will feel as you are on the top of the world.
Tip: The least crowded times are in the early morning or mid afternoon.

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carlywilson87
Southampton, United Kingdom
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2017 NEW
I absolutely loved it here, the view was incredible at night. Security was fantastic. An amazing experience would recommend to anyone going to New York 😀
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Penny G
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
"Go all the way!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2017 NEW
If you decide to go to the top of the Empire States Building, pay the extra fee and just go all the way! I was in NYC for business in January, one Wednesday evening I took a stroll and realized I had The ESB before me. Not sure on timing, I walked in and found hardly a tourist in sight! I had a phone call to an old friend to make, so I bought my tickets ( get the extra for the top) and set off on my adventure! Much like Disney World, the space reserved for long lines was full of information. But, because there was hardly a person in sight, I whizzed right through. The Elevator ride was fabulous!you shoot to the top with a fantastic film on the ceiling... you look up to see the Empire State Building being erected right before your eyes. Bravo! Once on the observation deck, you can look at a museum, take in the view from inside, or venture out to the platform. Night is the best time in my opinion because NYC sparkles best and never sleeps! I captured panoramic views, day dreamed a bit... then ventured up another elevator. The top most floor is quite small. I understand why it's a separate fee. The views were amazing. I felt as if I had my own private perch. I found a little nook overlooking Manhattan North, my friend called and I just took it all in! Going to the Empire State Building is a must. Do it once. Squeeze it in at an odd moment and perhaps you'll beat the lines. I hear they can be 2 hours long! With many distractions, beautiful Art Deco architecture/design, and a friend if you're lucky, I imagine it could pass quickly. Either way, have your #NYCMoment on the top of the world at The Empire State Building!
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Thomas I
Kiel, Germany
"No Waiting Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2017 NEW
Perfectly organized, no waiting time. Brilliant. Double Pass to visit in the morning and at night with City Pass!
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Abdelmoneim A
Cairo
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
Every time I go to NYC I should go to the Empire State Building since you have the chance to be at the top of this terrific building and see the city from above.
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Evie61
Melbourne - Australia
"Our very own "Sleepless in Seattle""
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
My husband arranged to meet up with me at the top of The Empire State Building after being apart for work commitments. It was incredibly romantic and the blue skies enabled us to see everything possible from that incredible height. Although it was freezing temperatures it was well worth surviving the cold for the amazing views in every direction. We purchased our tickets before leaving home which was a bonus given the increased crowds on a Saturday which is when we had our rendezvous. A memory as a couple we will always cherish.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Empire State Building Experience

Is there a tour? An audio guide?
Yes, a free Multimedia handheld tour is included with every admission to the Empire State Building.

How long does a typical visit take? Is there a time limit?
There are no time limits or specified visiting windows. You should allow at least one hour for your visit. During peak visiting hours, especially in the warmer months, there may be extended waits to buy tickets and enter the elevators. 

Is there parking available?
Leave the car at home! Just in case, the closest garage is located on 33rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, across the street from the building. The Empire State Building is minutes by foot from all of midtown Manhattan.

Where is the entrance?
All Observatory visitors must enter on Fifth Avenue between 33rd & 34th Streets. Entrances on 34th and 33rd Streets are reserved for tenants and their visitors.

Can I use my ticket twice in one day?
All tickets are for one-time use only. Once you exit the Observatory you will need to buy another ticket to re-enter.

What accommodations are made for visitors with disabilities?
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.

What items are prohibited?
The items listed are not permitted in the Empire State Building. Do not carry any of these items into the security screening area. Items that are confiscated may not be returned. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, so if you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it. Any questions and uncertainties should be referred to the Security Officers on duty. All weapons, including firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, mace, any dangerous items and any dual-use items that could be dangerous are strictly prohibited in the Empire State Building. Glass items, including bottles, glasses, marbles, etc. Alcoholic beverages, Cans, bottles, flasks, etc. Professional cameras, equipment and camera stands: mono-pods, bi-pods and tri-pods, Sports equipment such as skateboards, roller skates, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls, etc. Marking instruments, including spray paint and markers. Musical instruments, large packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage and other such parcels.
Costumes and masks.
There are no locker storage facilities at the Empire State Building for personal belongings.


Can I bring a tripod for my camera?
No. Tripods are prohibited at the Observatory, and there are no storage facilities on site.


Can I bring a baby stroller?
Yes. Elevators are available for visitors with baby strollers. Strollers must be folded on observation decks.


What amenities are available at the top? Is there a restroom?
Restrooms are available on the 86th Floor only. We offer powerful binoculars to take in the unobstructed views in every direction.


Can I run or climb the stairs at the Empire State Building?
Only if you are participating in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up. The stairs are closed to all guests at all other times.


What is the best time to visit the Empire State Building?
The least crowded visiting hours are at 8AM or around 3PM, but peak visiting times vary by season. We are open 365 days a year from 8AM to 2AM regardless of weather conditions.


Can I visit the Empire State Building at night?
Yes. We are open until 2AM daily, with last elevators going up at 1:15 AM. Live music is available Thursdays through Saturdays, from 10PM to 1AM.