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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Empire State BuildingFee: From: $56.31 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building. Our 86thFloor Observation Deck, open daily from 8am-2am, offers the highest 360 degree open-air vantage point in New York City and on a clear day, you can see up to six states–New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are eight in-building dining options including the contemporary cuisine of STATE Grill and Bar and Tacombi, an authentic taqueria. Located at the center of it all, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.Starting with the spectacular new entrance which opened last August, the second floor galleries allow guests to walk through a museum experience and enjoy a journey into The Empire State Building history and mystique.
Get Free Entry with a New York City Explorer Pass
- Monday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
- Friday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
- Sunday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Observatories
20 W 34th St
New York, NY 10118
Phone: (212) 736-3100
Courtenay O. Nov-30-2019
We visited the 86th and 102nd floors as well as the museum on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 - 7 years after our first time. No comparison. So much better now! We... Read More
Stephen Z. Nov-25-2019
AN ABSOLUTELY MUST DO! 5 STARS! The Iconic Empire State Building is something that should be on everyone's bucket list. It is open every day from 8 AM to 2... Read More
Angela YJ B. Nov-16-2019
Had the pleasure of re-visiting the Empire State Building after my first visit 8 years ago. Back then, the entrance was on 5th Avenue and the wait was 2... Read More
Accommodations near Empire State Building:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|1, 2, 3, A, C or E||34th Street / Penn Station||5 minutes|
|B, D, F, N, Q or R||34th Street / Avenue of the Americas||2 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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