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

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Fee: From: $49.34 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

The must see for any visitor to New York City, the World’s Most Famous Building is on every list for its Observatory’s spectacular indoor and outdoor 360-degree views from the heart of Manhattan. Along the way, become a part of history as you journey through this Art Deco masterpiece including the restored lobby and murals. Download our free multi-media app and experience the exhibits tracing the building’s construction, learn how the Empire State Building became one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world. Open from 8am to 2 am, along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are several dining options including the fine cuisine of State Grill and Bar. Located in the heart of New York City it’s an easy walk from Times and Madison Squares and just up the street from Macy’s.

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Hours This Week:
  • 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

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

Phone: (212) 736-3100

Official Website: Empire State Building

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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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Rated 4.6 out of 5Empire State Building Star Rating

5 Star Rating Amazing views of NYC from the top it's well worth it to go up there! When I went it was early morning so there wasn't much of a line but be prepared to go through airport style security before you get to the elevators. There's multiple viewing areas one indoor one outdoor and one up higher that you have to pay more to go see there's also a nice gift shop after you're done enjoying the view.

Chelsea Drake - 2 months ago

3 Star Rating Iconic New York landmark, be prepared for massive waiting lines, they do Keep moving but take ages. patience is key. However that aside it's a great place to visit. loads of historical facts. Amazing views. Try visiting on a clear day,we did and it was amazing. New York is wonderful this time of year.

jonathan david mechan - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating How can you not give this place 5 stars. It’s a must for anyone visiting New York and interested in the city’s architecture. The first observation point gives you some history on the building and how it was built. You then go up a further 5 stories to the main observation deck and the views are incredible. There’s an option to go up further but this was not included in our New York pass.

Russell Gannon - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Love visiting ESB than any skyscraper in the city. It just had beautiful views. Priced on heavier side but still it’s totally worth it. Go in the night to enjoy the city in the lights mode. Look around and spot all the beautiful bridges of NYC. Its a great view. Going all the way to the top isn’t totally recommended but for full on experience, go for it. If you would like to save some bucks, observation deck is just about right and you are not missing anything not going to the top. To get better pictures, take them from the ramp which you will find in corners. Enjoy the most beautiful view in NYC.

Sandeep Pinjerla - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Go between 10 pm to 1 a.m. The Empire State closes at 2 a.m. Why during the night? Because you will see less people and you can enjoy more. Take all the pictures you want. New York City in my opinion has a better view at night because of the lights, than during the day. And after you enjoy the view of Manhattan. You can walk up times square to experience " the city that never sleeps".

Oliver Peru - 4 months ago


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