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Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Empire State Building

9am-9pm (hours vary daily)
20 West 34th Street, New York City, New York, 10118

The Basics

Set in Midtown Manhattan, the 102-story skyscraper is a must for any first-time visitor to New York City. While it’s easy to catch a glimpse of the tower around the city, this attraction is best enjoyed from one of its two observation decks, where the panoramic views over the Big Apple are legendary. Tickets to one or both of the observation decks can be purchased solo, although the Empire State Building is also visited on many city sightseeing tours, which often also include stops at Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. If you plan to visit on your own during peak times, it’s a good idea to buy an Express Pass to skip the line all the way to the 86th floor.

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Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
$47.91 per adult
Traveler Favorite
An experience, not to be missed!
The exhibits on the second floor where great! And the views from up top, they never disappoint. We will come back every time we visit NYC.
John_M, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Even with COVID requirements worth the time.
Cathy_S, Dec 2021
Skip-the-Line to Empire State Building and Access to Self-Guided Tours in NYC
12/21-Empire State Building at night. Beautiful! Almost too warm for a coat. Definitely too warm for hat & gloves. Wonderful experience. Loved the elevator digital ceiling experience. Worth the time and effort even with all the COVID requirements. Thanks for a great trip.
star-5
We had an amazing time...
Lorna_L, Dec 2021
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
We had an amazing time absolutely gorgeous views, I was a bit nervous with all the added stress of covid passports and proof of tests but downloaded to NYC covid safe app made it easier for the security at Empire State Building but the staff were so nice and helpful
star-4
Best 4 days ever and so much to see and do.
Loretta_M, Dec 2021
New York City 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off with Empire State Building Admission
The empire state building had breath taking views, 911 memorial, the information on the bus was great xx
star-5
Great view
Anita_J, Oct 2021
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Highly recommend the Empire State Building. This skip the line tour felt more like a but in line tour though. My son and I did get through more quickly; however, the lines are not that long post COVID. Enjoyed the exhibits and view.
star-5
Great experience!
Tammie_D, Dec 2021
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
We had the skip the line pass which was a great way to stay socially distance. Staff was plentiful, polite, and helpful. Very clean. Fun and informative.
star-4
Seeing the city from the...
Crystal_F, Jan 2022
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Seeing the city from the top of the Empire state building. It was a really neat experience. I took pictures
star-4
A must do.
Steven_G, Aug 2021
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Good time and worth it, but don’t buy the skip the line option. There wasn’t a line and we paid about double for that. Remember, with Covid there are basically no foreign tourists. The historic walk through before the elevator was a kick, well done.
star-5
Fabulous!!!!!!!!!
Raymond_A, Dec 2021
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
This was the most wonderful experience!!!!! We were given special attention as we were guided through the building, bypassing all lines. The icing on the cake was being proposed to on the Empire State Building observation deck!!!!
star-5
Empire State worth the trip.
Jay_F, Sep 2021
Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
Loved seeing the historical displays. All the guides were very friendly and helpful. Didn't like having to walk through the gift shop to exit.
star-5
A breathtaking view
Amy_N, Aug 2021
Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
This is a thoroughly enjoyable experience! The staff is friendly and helpful, the building is gorgeous and offers a museum-like experience with amazing photos, interactive exhibits, information and photo opportunities - all leading up to the spectacular views from the observation deck. Day or night, you won't be disappointed you took the time to include this on your NYC trip!
star-5
5/5 Experience
Joshua_J, Jan 2022
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
Amazing anniversary present and very nice crew. Girlfriend and I loved the history as well as the view.
star-5
Great Tour
Kay_B, Jan 2022
Empire State Building Admission Ticket
It was pretty foggy the morning that we went. It was nice to have the Christmas backdrop scene to take photos. We still could see important landmarks, just had to be patient and wait for the fog to blow off.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose a general admission ticket for standard entrance or a VIP Express Pass to skip the lines.

  • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and stroller accessible. Handicapped restrooms are located on the 86th floor.

  • Glass bottles, cans, and tripods are prohibited.

  • Lines for the elevator can get long, particularly during peak hours. Be sure to use the restrooms on the second floor before getting in line.

  • STATE Grill and Bar is the building’s street-level, signature restaurant. You’ll also find five other dining options, plus Starbucks.

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How to Get There

The entrance to the Empire State Building is located on 20 West 34th Street. It’s easy to arrive on foot from many other popular Midtown attractions, or by taking the subway to Penn Station/34th Street or 34th Street/Herald Square. The building is also a stop on hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tours.

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When to Get There

Since the Empire State Building is one of New York’s most popular attractions, it’s best visited in the morning just after opening or late at night (the decks are open until 2am) when the lines are shortest. Expect longer lines for tickets, security, and the elevators on weekends, holidays, and just before sunset.

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Which Floor Should I Visit?

The 86th-floor observatory, known as the Main Deck, is the highest open-air observatory in New York. Its wraparound deck is outfitted with high-power binoculars, making it possible to see Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty from above. From the indoor Top Deck on the 102nd floor, visitors enjoy even more views (like Central Park in its entirety) and the chance to ride a manually operated Otis elevator. On the second floor, galleries house multiple hands-on exhibits.

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Empire State Building