Empire State Building

An Icon of New York City, the Empire State Building is a must see

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Completed in 1930, the Empire State Building is a world-famous Big Apple icon and is a must-see on any visitor's itinerary. Standing 1,250 feet tall, the 102-storey Art Deco skyscraper is once again the tallest building of the New York City skyline, following the destruction of the World Trade Center during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001.

One of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World", the Empire State Building is not only a New York landmark, it symbolises twentieth century man's attempts to break down barriers and achieve the unachievable.

You can visit the Empire State Building's Observatory on the 86th floor for a 360 degree panoramic view of the city from the spacious outdoor promenade and climate controlled glass-enclosed area. The 102nd floor offers a second, fully enclosed observation deck opened in 2005; any higher and you would be swinging like King Kong from the building's enormous spire, originally designed as a mooring mast that would enable airships, but deemed impractical after the Hindenberg disaster. Remember to take the weather into account when planning your visit; clear, dry days offer optimal viewing when you can see the Earth's arc on the horizon.

With ticket lines almost as legendary as the building, save time by buying your ticket online and consider splurging on an Express Pass to proceed directly to the high-speed elevators where you will be whisked 1,050 feet upwards in under a minute. Be prepared for a security check and to carry any items you bring into the building as there is no coat or luggage check. Cameras and camcorders are permitted, but tripods are not.

Once on the observation deck you'll want to take lots of photos and enjoy the breathtaking views. There is a false urban legend circulating that if one drops a penny from the top of the Empire State Building, it could kill someone below. Thankfully, that has been proven false by the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters, however, it is illegal and can incur a hefty fine for anyone silly enough to do so.

Nearby attractions: Madison Square Garden, Macy's and the New York Public Library

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

Empire State Building Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Address: 20 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001, USA

Phone: (212) 736-3100

Official Website: Empire State Building

Empire State Building Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating If you are visiting NYC for the first time, this is highly recommended - day or night. It is incredible to know that this building was built almost a 100 years ago and in less than 2 years. The elevator ride up is also an experience in itself with the video showing how this was built. We had a Go City pass which gave us access to level 80 and 86, you will need to pay extra if you want to go further up. Restroom facilities, water fountain and a pop up shop selling hot doughnuts were available on the 86th floor. On your way down you also have a gift shop if you want to purchase some (pricey) souvenirs.
A C Nayak - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Wow! Such a beautiful work of architecture and it’s crazy they were able to build it up so fast! I absolutely adore the modern art deco style. It’s one of the most iconic and the most beautiful building in New York in my opinion. I visited on New Year’s Eve of 2023 and the crowds weren’t too bad because everyone was already waiting at Times Square in the morning for the ball to drop. There are lots of informative exhibits as I walked towards the elevators then I got to go up and see the whole city from the top. The elevator ride was very smooth and quick. There is a cool video playing inside the elevator. The views and scenery were absolutely amazing and breathtaking. I could see all the iconic landmarks of NYC such as the One World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, and more. My favourite part is the observation platform where I got to go outside and catch the breeze coming in. I definitely like this more than the One World Trade Center observatory which I went a year ago mainly because of the observation deck. The admission prices are pretty fair compared to other attractions. I highly recommend buying tickets in advance if you are planning to visit because it will make your experience more smooth and convenient. Definitely a must see in New York City and it won’t disappoint!
Kiet TT - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Our visit to the Empire State Building was a definite highlight of our trip to New York. Arriving in the morning, we were treated to a spectacular experience from start to finish. The staff was exceptionally friendly, adding to the overall enjoyment of the visit. The journey from the ground floor to the top in the elevator was particularly memorable, almost feeling like a ride at an amusement park. The entire experience was seamless and well-organized, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Highly recommended for anyone visiting New York City!
Matthew G - in the last week

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5 Star Rating What an amazing experience! When going in the lifts both up and down, don’t forget to look up to see the movie on the ceiling. The views from the top were just amazing, a definite must see. It is very busy, a big tourist attraction, so we took the stairs where we could, much faster than waiting in line.
Lorien Spilkin - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Highly recommend going at night. We got the 9:45pm tickets and it was like a private experience! You get to walk through the museum without the crowds, there were no lines at any point, and the view of the city that never sleeps was so sparkly and epic. All the staff was so friendly and seemed like they actually enjoyed their job. This is one of the most famous buildings in the world, I can see why. I'm so happy I finally crossed this off the bucket list.
D Wall - a month ago

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
1, 2, 3, A, C or E34th Street / Penn Station5 minutes
B, D, F, N, Q or R34th Street / Avenue of the Americas2 minutes

How to get to Empire State Building by Subway

Take the 1, 2, 3, A, C or E train to 34th Street / Penn Station, walk 2 blocks east to 5th Avenue or take B, D, F, M, N, Q or R train to 34th Street / Harald Square, walk 1 block east to 5th Avenue.

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