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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Open 365 days a year, including holidays.
  • Visit between 8:00 am and 11:00 am for less of a wait.
  • Kids ages 6 and under are free.
  • Use restrooms on the 2nd floor before getting in line for the elevators.
  • The last elevator up is at 1:15 am.
  • The building does not have locker facilities.
  • Specific elevators are available for guests with strollers.
  • Allow a minimum of 1-2 hours to enjoy the entire experience.

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Raquel S.

Sunset is my favorite time to visit to catch both day and nighttime views. Keep in mind, it's also a popular time; be prepared to wait.

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!

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
10 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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pompeyman_x
New York
"Lovely walk"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
This disused railway line is well worth a visit. Lovely flowers and shrubs along the way. Also some amazing views of New York.
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meaton13
Vienna, Virginia
"Get Your Tourism On!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
Sure, it is pricey, but what a view! How often do you go up 102 stories? Incredibly friendly staff in the building.
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Michelle M
Surfers Paradise, Australia
"Iconic building is a marvel not just a view"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
I loved the view from the 80th and 86th floors - the building has a wonderful energy . Beautiful spring day 6pm and no rain - the windows on the 80th framed the city sites beautifully- then they tell you to pay extra for an upgrade to the 102th... I didn't . The lines where well managed and the whole experience took 45 min
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peterawiri
Auckland Region, New Zealand
"Bucket list worthy despite unacceptable queuing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
Visited 9am Wednesday morning, thought we'd beat crowds, got inside and through the ground floor gateway fine, ran up the steps only to find queues that lasted .30 minutes till we got to the ticket office despite alrady having the NY Pass (so didnt need to buy tickets) but unless you've bought the VIP pass (much more expensive) you have to queue with all the other plebs. Needless to say, highly frustrating by time you get through this obstacle, then we're herded for "compulsory" photograph time, whether you want them taken or not. We objected sying clearly that we were interested in the photo yet the photographers insisted we pose for them. When we insisted on no, one photographer argued that we should allow them to do their job, but due to the unacceptable waiting time we weren't feeling helpful nor compliant. After re-insisting that we did not want the photos taken they eventually let us through, to go through a series of elevators and corridors to get to the first level view platform. But that took a while 45 minutes to get there. The outside views were amazing, as was seeing all directions. Astonishingly they only had one unisex toilet available near the outside meaning people were, again, queuing to use it. The chaperoning staff reminded us very much of frustrated airport security staff but without any official authority. Heading back down through the overcrowded and overstocked gift shop was awful to the extent that we didn't/couldn't bring ourselves to buy any trinkets, despite it being a world famous attraction. We really couldn't wait to get out of the place, which was a disappointment. It is worth visiting for bucket-list reasons but it quickly wore very thin on our patience. If we visited in the future with others we'd send them there by themselves rather than have to re-navigate entry again.
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davidbA1446JU
Highlands Ranch, United States
"Still one of the best"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
Beautiful 360-degree panoramic views of Manhattan and surroundings, worth a visit during daytime and at night, Still a must-see if you're visiting the city.

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.