Menu
The Empire State Building Experience Logo

The Empire State Building Experience in New York, NY

350 5th AvenueNew York, NY 10118  
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!
$32.00
Select Tickets
2 Customer Reviews Read »
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: TripAdvisor user rating 4.50 out of 5
Based upon 35965 traveler reviews

Arrival Date:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Departure Date:

Friday, Jun 3, 2016

Modify Dates
MAIN DECK ONLY (86TH FLOOR) Logo

MAIN DECK ONLY (86TH FLOOR)

View Details
$32.00

Tickets valid any open operating date.

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

from The Empire State Building Experience
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!
Read All
The Empire State Building Experience in New York, New York
Back to Top

Reserve New York City Customer Reviews

2 Reviews sorted by: Write a Review
Megan A.
15 Reviews
"Amazing Views in all Directions!"
Reviewed May, 2016 NEW
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Reserve New York City Customer
6 Reviews
"Beautiful Views"
Reviewed May, 2016 NEW
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
normaw0141

Portlethen, United Kingdom

"Lost the will to live"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

We went to visit the Empire State building after 9.00 pm in the evening to get the best views at night. Beautiful art deco building inside first stop security before getting tickets queue no problem then straight into a ticket queue get your tickets before you go might save some time. We started waiting around 9.45 then a member of staff asked us to designate a person to get tickets and took the rest of the queue to wait elsewhere still got to the ticket booths 6 booths 4 open 3 serving. From there another queue which seemed to be moving then around the corner another queue we eventually got into the elevator and went to the 80th floor at last no you've guessed it another queue!!! Then a member of staff said if we wait in the queue 25 min wait to get to the observation deck but if we take the stairs 5 mins. So took the stairs, arrived at the top 11.45 three deep and you had to push in to get a viewpoint lost the will to live and left.

TripAdvisor user image
janinek920

New York City, New York

"A clear day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

We were lucky to visit when visibility was excellent. The crowds were to be expected on such a day but most lines flowed well. The staff were helpful and courteous.

TripAdvisor user image
mohamed_bobat

Toronto, Ontario

"Imperial, Tall, and Pointy"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

A tall building in the centre of Manhattan. a little bit boring when this isn't the first really tall building you've looked out of. Note that the Observation deck can get a bit chilly.

TripAdvisor user image
scF7316KK

Denver, Colorado

"Pricey and lengthy lines!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

Lines, lines, lines! Lines for tix, for elevators, to get back down, etc. All very disorganized lines with little to no help from employees.

TripAdvisor user image
fcbrown

Mission Viejo, CA

"Great!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

Great views !!! No waiting!!! We went on the best day !! We went all the way to floor 102. It was a lot of fun.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top