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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
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: TripAdvisor user rating 4.50 out of 5
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Saturday, Jul 30, 2016

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Friday, Aug 5, 2016

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$32.00

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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.

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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!
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The Empire State Building Experience in New York, New York
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Megan A.
15 Reviews
"Amazing Views in all Directions!"
Reviewed 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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"Beautiful Views"
Reviewed 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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Rachel M

Hong Kong, China

"Horrible rude staff "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2016 NEW

The building itself is beautiful and the views are great. Luckily, we were fortunate enough to get the VIP tickets so we weren't affected by the big lines and the wait. However the one thing that has completely ruined the experience and will probably be the main reason I tell others not to bother, is the staff and service. I must say that there were at least 2-3 people who were very friendly and nice however the majority were rude. Lots of sarcastic and rude comments, shooing us away rudely, lots of eye rolling. The most memorable is a man on the elevator duty going up yelled at us to move faster when we had only turned the corner and sarcastically said " God, it's like you people have never done this before" before shaking his head and rolling his eyes as we got into the elevator with absolutely no sense of friendliness or humour about it. Ruined the experience. If you go I say be prepared for rude staff.

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Jennifer J

Campbell, Ohio

"Once is a must"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2016 NEW

Winter at night the lines were long but had a New York pass which made them better if you're up to it take the stairs part of the way it's good exercise. Wear a coat because it does get cold at night. Their views are beautiful I'd like to go back during the day once

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bnjlu7

Nashua, New Hampshire

"Great time. Worth the money to buy the VIP pass!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2016 NEW

BUY THE VIP FAST PASS! Treat yourself! Most likely this is the only time you'll be visiting the Empire State building, so spend the money to enjoy the NO hassle NO wait experience. I spent my 40th birthday here in NYC and decided to treat ourselves to the VIP experience. With buying this pass we could go anytime of the day. If you buy the regular price tickets, you REALLY need to go first thing in the morning to avoid lines. Buying the VIP allowed us to not be on a time crunch. Trust me, the VIP price is worth it! The ushers see your VIP bracelet and they understand you have paid extra money and they treat you accordingly. We waited in NO lines. None. The velvet rope was moved aside for us all the way up AND all the way down. Because yes, there are lines going down. The lines to catch the elevator down is just as long as the one going up. So my advice, pay extra and get extra. Buy the VIP pass!

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lottie03

Littleborough, Lancs

"An ideal first NYC visit if arriving at night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2016 NEW

The view at the top is breathtaking. In the dark you can see thousands of lights. Very impressive as a first visit and ideal to contrast with a later visit to the Top of the Rock in daytime.

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Katherine S


"Meh"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2016 NEW

Paid for trip up to the very top, queued for ages and when we got there we weren't totally convinced that it was worth the money. Pretty sure viewing decks at more modern buildings would give equally good or better experience.

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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.

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