Empire State Building
Empire State Building
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Observation Decks & Towers
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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The Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Building. It rises 1,454 ft from ground to antenna & features the only 360 degree open-air vantage point of Midtown. The 86th & 102nd Fl Observatories are open daily, M-Th 10AM-10PM, Fr-Su 9AM-10PM. On a clear day you can see up to 6 states. The brand-new 2nd floor museum (included in all ticket options) offers guests 10,000 sq ft of interactive exhibits that invite visitors on a journey beginning from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture. The 102nd Fl Obs features floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass elevator with sound & light experience. It is the jewel of NYC. All signage, audio & exhibits in the building are available in 9 languages. We offer free Wi-Fi. The 34th St Lobby entrance features a grand staircase with a 2-story architectural model of the bldg & a high-tech LED exhibit that celebrates lighting ceremonies performed by famous, celebrity guests. Express guests receive red carpet VIP treatment.
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Neighborhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 34th St – Herald Square • 3 min walk
  • 33rd St • 5 min walk
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alynjames1
Renfrewshire, UK1 contribution
Family
Having previously visited the Empire State Building a few years ago, this was the first time we had visited with our children (aged 14 and 8) and it did not disappoint.

We booked Express tickets which I would highly recommend as we skipped the majority of the queues whilst entering and making our way to the 80th, 86th the 102nd floors.

Access was extremely well organised with plenty of staff stationed at all elevator doors ensuring everyone stayed on the right path to where they needed to be.

This was the first time I had visited the 102nd floor and was well worth the additional cost. The views over the city are spectacular.

I would highly recommend visiting the Empire State Building whilst in NYC
Written July 19, 2022
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ericadvene
Virginia Beach, VA1 contribution
Would highly recommend the observatory for those visiting NYC for the first time. You get a 360 view of the city on the 86th floor, and also learn about the building in many different ways including the history of construction, technology used, what the world was like then, pop culture references and more. Great for families. The observatory is well maintained and spacious, but would recommend going during non-peak hours and closer to sunset if possible.
Written July 11, 2022
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798debbies
Leeds, UK34 contributions
We bought the standard admission ticket for 86th floor and went on a morning around 11.00am was no queue, very efficient getting everyone up to the top and a nice bit of a museum about the history and construction of the building. Once at the top you can go straight out on the deck and wander all the way round for great views of the city. The deck can get quite busy and not as big as I thought it might be but great being in the open air, would recommend for those not been to the city before. Efficient getting people back down again lots of lifts.
Written August 30, 2022
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39JoyPh53
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Firstly, the on-site team at ESBNYC was great. Most of them were polite and courteous to the entire crowd.

I have the following feedback for management:
1. Please put up signs indicating where people need to queue to enter the building. Everyone hears they have to start queueing next to Starbucks but ends up trying to get in from the revolving doors next to the Starbucks Reserve. Proper marshaling can help mitigate crowd frustration. Even something as simple as a standee or a poster indicating where to queue can change things.

2. The booking for time-slots is somewhat misleading. It tells you you’re booking a 15 minute slot but you reach ESB and then it turns out that is just your entry time?? I paid $10 above ticket price for the sunset slots. However, because of this misinformation, I did not get to stop by any of the exhibits inside the building and had to rush to the top.

3. ESBNYC needs to find a way to limit the time people spend on top of the tower because it is NOT fair to the ones who pay extra money to be there for sunsets. I spoke to people who were on the 80th and 86th floor since over 60 minutes. I don’t know how this can be done effectively, but I’m pretty sure it is possible.
Written September 7, 2022
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Adam W
Rotherham, UK4 contributions
My experience didn't start off well. I purchased two "express" tickets for the 86th and 102nd floor which cost a whopping $123 each which were bought directly from ESB's official website. We got tickets for 10am entry but when we got there the building wasn't open until 11! We got there 15 minutues before our 10am entry to find there was no separate queue for express ticket holders. There was one member of staff trying to organise and advise a large group of people outside who either already had tickets or were trying to get tickets - which wasn't clearly stated outside the building. I asked the one available member of staff (who was overwhelmed with people gathering around her for guidance) where to go as an express ticket holder. Thankfully, she allowed me and my partner to go straight to the front of the (already large) queue which made us feel uneasy as there were already express ticket holders who'd been queuing up longer only for us to march straight to the front.

We eventually gained access to the building 15 minutes or so after the building was due to open (at 11am) only to get to the security scanners where we had to queue up again for another 15 minutes or so. Once we got through the security scanners, we skipped the museum part on the way to the elevators (as we were keen to get to the top early before it got too busy). Once we got to the elevators, we then had to queue again for another 10 minutes or so! The queue wasn't due to people already using the elevators but because the staff were waiting on something or still getting things organised for when visitors did go upto the 86th floor.

Once we were up there it was amazing. It was a beautiful hot clear day and being one of the first ones up there made things even better as it was easier to get photographs and use the telescopes. We took pictures from all around the perimeter before heading upto 102nd floor - which luckily we didn't have to queue for being one of the first ones up. The view from there was just as amazing and got to see more of central park. Getting a nice picture looking out from the 102nd floor may be more difficult as you are within glass walls and do get light reflection from the glass. When we came back down from floor 102 to 86th, it was very busy.

If it was managed better and was cheaper in price, I would have given ESB a higher rating. It's a building I always wanted to visit since being a kid and glad I've done it but I doubt I'd visit again if I went back to NYC.
Written April 27, 2022
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Written May 2, 2022
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KatSkattered
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Family
Really gorgeous views in a building with fun and informative displays. The expense at 90$ a person for sunset viewing is more eye watering than the views tho so for us a once in a life time experience. Worth it I think but really costly in a way that is tough for families to justify. So if you want to go watch the weather and go at the absolute best time you can and spend as long as you want looking over amazing New York from this iconic building. Staff are efficient and friendly which is great.
Written April 1, 2022
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SJ76543
Castleford, UK1 contribution
We visited New York for a week, due to covid the website said we had to book tickets in advance. We booked for one of the evenings so we could see New York lit up at night. Unfortunately it rained the day we were due to go up and the cloud was very low. When we got to the Empire State Building we asked if we could exchange our tickets for another day due to the visibility but we were told no exchanges or refunds. We were incredibly disappointed as when we got to the top all we could see was fog. We felt it was a poor service when asked to book online in advance you can't guarantee the weather, in normal circumstances we would have purchased tickets on the day. We didn't want a refund just an exchange and we felt robbed of $90! All the staff were lovely and we couldn't fault them, they were all apologetic but their hands were tied due to unfair policy.
Written March 22, 2022
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aleksandrajones
Liverpool, NY1 contribution
I was lucky to see the sunset from the Empire State Building. I booked a slightly earlier ticket which was cheaper (the last before the sunset times) and I spent time downstairs learning about the history of the building, it was really interesting. The exhibition is made very very well for all ages. The famous movies part is great and the King Kong bit is funny. The queues were never big. The sunset time at the top was very busy, so make sure you get a spot early. I’d recommend capturing it with the time lapse function on your phone. Overall, greatly recommended!
Written July 17, 2022
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Roonsa69
Glasgow, UK1 contribution
Family
Here's a little tip for people going to the observatory for sunset. Unless you are a giant or are prepared to physically fight people to get a good picture or video of the sunset, don't waste your time going to the 86th floor which takes you outside. Instead, stay on the 80th floor which is inside. It will mean you are looking through a window but hardly anybody else will be there (compared to the hordes on the 86th floor jostling for space). And the view is just as good albeit through a window. But think about this .... on the 86th floor you have to hold your camera through the wrought iron "cage" which stops nutters throwing themselves (or other people) over the edge. On the 80th floor, what I did was place my phone against the window (on the sill) and recorded a hyperlapse video over 30 odd minutes. It makes for a stunning compressed ½ minute video. It would be impossible to do that on the 86th floor.
Written July 18, 2022
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giantara_berlin
Berlin, Germany9 contributions
At first: my rating 3/5 is targeting the special event "sunrise on the 86th floor" only. Of course, the Empire State Building is one of the most fascinating locations in the Manhattan sky I would rate 5/5. Already knowing the observatory our visit early in the morning ought to be an increasement of the standard exploration during the day. Unfortunately, they cannot influence the weather... it was cloudy and so we didn't experience a spectacular sun rise. I couldn’t blame anyone for that. But, against the description on the web side, where the event is scheduled from 5 to 8 am, we have been asked to leave the observatory at 6 am already. Afterwards we have been invited for one simple coffee at Starbucks… Therefore, I have to say, the event wasn’t worth the ticket price.
One positive addition: of course, the gift shop wasn’t open early in the morning. But when we came along the Empire State Building a few days later, we were given access to the shop by showing our sunrise tickets.
Written July 20, 2022
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