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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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

Savannah Rhame

We got to see some great sights of the city via our Empire State Building Experience. We visited early morning so the wait was not very long.

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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.
18 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.
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Tip: You can pay $20 to upgrade to the 102th Floor!

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Reserve New York City Customer
14 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.
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Tip: The least crowded times are in the early morning or mid afternoon.

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Barry R
"One of the must-dos for visitors to NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2018 NEW
Iconic, classic building. Obviously amazing views. The 102nd floor is nice buy you can skip it if you want to save a good chunk of cash. Also, you can walk up or down from the 80th to 86th floors and avoid a significant amount of waiting time.
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davidbrianc2016
Horsham, United Kingdom
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2018 NEW
Great experience not to be missed. Paying for fast track was very high and not very good as we all eventually finished up in the same streem!
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LornaJackTravels
England, United Kingdom
"The best part of our ny trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2018 NEW
This was the best part of our trip. So exciting to have visited, and amazing views. Must visit when in NY!
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Martin H
Burnham, United Kingdom
"Great Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2018 NEW
Visited the Empire State Building again on our first trip back to New York for some 14 years. Arrived at around 9am on a Friday and lucky that we went amost straight through to the lifts with minimal ques. Museum good with loads of interested facts/pictures and views from outside deck on 86th floor were great with 360 deg lookout on all of Manhattan. Also went up to the 102nd floor where views from smaller inside area were even better. We booked our tickets online before travelling very easily and everything at ESB super well organised. Highly recommend a visit to this iconic building when in New York.
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Neil M
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
"Fantastic experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
Using the New York pass helped as there was no real wait to get up to the top. The staff were all extremely friendly and once you’re at the top the views are mind blowing. We went up through the day but I’d love to go up at night time as well
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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.