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Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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19,576 Reviews
Daily 8am–2pm
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 General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
$45.73 per adult
A must see!!
Was a great experience and recommend it to everyone visiting New York! You can see the entire city from the 86th floor, very cool.
ScottYanchuk, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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To sum it up
Ashanti_N, May 2021
The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building
Plan out ahead of time so you can enjoy as many attractions as possible. Empire State building was the easiest. Have to Start at M&M. Need to start early if u want to hop on and off cause bus only comes by once per hour. Top view is the best, might need a light jacket. Wonderful experience, very informative and friendly staff.
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Grand
Tonya_S, May 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
Really enjoyed seeing New York from on top of the Empire State Building. This was truly an awesome experience.
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Great
amy_r, May 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
Loved it wonderful tour would recommend to anyone loved the organization very clean very organized worth it
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Best way to see New York!
Luis_M, Jun 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
I’m a native New Yorker I brought my girlfriend here, she loved it the view of course spectacular! Beautiful sunset ! I can’t believe I haven’t come up here Sooner.
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Amazing
Christine_H, May 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
Amazing and I'm scared of heights But the views was amazing We pre bought our tickets so everything went smooth
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Amazing
granto1982, Jul 2019
Skip the Line: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket
Even though it was cloudy and only saw the sun for a little bit it was awesome! Also good to be up the Empire state building and not have it so crowded.
star-4
Amazing trip
Suzanne_f, Mar 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
Amazing visiting Empire State Building I wish you would have offered a ticket to the 102 floor I had to buy those on site
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Cool
Tyeasha_M, May 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
Laughing at the pictures we took also seeing all of New York from 102nd floor like that was awesome !
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Happy Ohioans
Clarence_S, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Empire State Building Premium VIP Tour Ticket
Had the greatest tour guide ever! Very nice experience. They even accommodated us when we bought our tickets for the wrong day,very nice staff and I would definitely revisit.
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Great pass
annamorley123, Feb 2020
The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building
Great value if you really plan your days, our family got a 3 day pass and with everything we did we saved well over £100. Will def use again when we come back.
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Good for children and adults alike
Leo, May 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
The building’s history was well combined with the viewing experience. It was interesting to see how it was being built... all around you. A great view from up top, of course. Good for children and adults alike. Friendly staff. Totally not crowded. A pleasant experience.
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Beautiful view
Judy_R, Apr 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
What a wonderful view! I would recommend for anyone who comes to NYC. If you can pay extra to go all the at to the top.

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 to the Empire State Building

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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