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Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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20,947 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
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
$45.73 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful building and views
Beautiful experience. The history of the building along with the views from 86th observatory is something I’ll never forget
Anne_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-4
The Empire State Building...
Barbara_J, Sep 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
The Empire State Building is awesome but you really don’t need to buy tickets in advance. The lines aren’t long and the price is just as good if you purchase tickets when you get there.
star-5
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.
star-4
A must do.
Steven_G, Aug 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
Good time and worth it, but don’t buy the skip the line option. There wasn’t a line and we paid about double for that. Remember, with Covid there are basically no foreign tourists. The historic walk through before the elevator was a kick, well done.
star-5
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
star-5
Empire State worth the trip.
Jay_F, Sep 2021
Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
Loved seeing the historical displays. All the guides were very friendly and helpful. Didn't like having to walk through the gift shop to exit.
star-5
A breathtaking view
Amy_N, Aug 2021
Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
This is a thoroughly enjoyable experience! The staff is friendly and helpful, the building is gorgeous and offers a museum-like experience with amazing photos, interactive exhibits, information and photo opportunities - all leading up to the spectacular views from the observation deck. Day or night, you won't be disappointed you took the time to include this on your NYC trip!
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Visit Empire State building
Audrey_B, Aug 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
It was a good moment, empire state building is really a beautiful monument at see New York, his story is very interesting... As well as the view from above
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Sunrise from the 86th Floor
Susan_S, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket
Being outside, on the 86th loot and watching the sun come up over NYC - awe inspiring. Small group so no jockeying for a good viewing spot. And the Gallery afterwards was full of interesting displays.
star-4
Coast to coast
Gary_G, Sep 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
The view was amazing, the King Kong hand was a fun touch . The exhibits on the building of the building was very informative.
star-4
Great, but skip the line not necessary
Kayleigh_F, Jul 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
The Empire State Building was so cool! The small museum at the start was great. The price for “skip the line” wasn’t necessary for us so it felt a little overpriced but we had a good time regardless. To go to the very top is an additional $33 per person, available at the ESB ticket terminals.
star-5
Fun
Altin_H, Sep 2021
Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets
To be honest I almost canceled my tickets due to other plans,but I’m glad I didn’t! It was awesome! From the entrance to the 86th floor where the view is worth of being cold lol! Definitely I’d recommend anyone to go and check it out! Staff was friendly too which it made it even a better experience!
star-5
Ibrahim is the best!!
Lacey_R, Jul 2021
New York City 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off with Empire State and Statue of Liberty
This experience was great! The stops aren't the easiest to find, so you want to make sure get back on the bus where you get dropped off. The audio tour is good too. We had a little trouble understanding how the ferry tour worked, but Ibrahim came to the rescue and answered all of our questions. He spent extra time with us printing out tickets we needed and gave us some pointers on how to get where we needed even faster. Without Ibrahim I'd rate this a 4, but because of his helpfulness, Im giving a 5!

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 There

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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Empire State Building