The Empire State Building Experience in New York, NY
350 5th Avenue • New York, NY 10118
Ideal for guests of all ages, The Empire State Building Experience offers a unique opportunity to see New York City from atop one of its most iconic landmarks. Guests can enjoy the building’s art-deco lobby; majestic observatories; panoramic views of Manhattan and Central Park; and more. The experience also includes an audio tour that educates you about different spots from each vantage point.
Sunset is my favorite time to visit to catch both day and nighttime views. Keep in mind, it's also a popular time; be prepared to wait.
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WHERE IS THE ENTRANCE?
Observatory visitors should enter through our visitors' center at 20 W. 34th St. Other entrances on Fifth Avenue, 34th and 33rd Streets are reserved for tenants and their visitors.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
For detailed directions on how to get here, visit our Maps & Directions page.
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE?
We recommend you leave your car at home. If you can’t, the closest garage is located on 33rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, just across the street from the building.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING?
Peak visiting times vary by season. We are open 365 days a year; for the safety of our guests we will be operating on an updated schedule following reopening.
CAN I VISIT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AT NIGHT?
Yes. For the safety of our guests we will be operating on an updated schedule following reopening, please check the website for detail
CAN I RUN OR CLIMB THE STAIRS AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING?
Only if you are participating in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up. The stairs are closed to guests at all other times.
HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL VISIT TAKE? IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
There are no time limits or specified visiting windows. Allow at least one hour for your visit, slightly more if you will be visiting both the main deck and the top deck.
During peak visiting hours, especially in the warmer months, there may be extended waits to buy tickets and enter the elevators. You can speed up your visit by buying an express ticket online, which allows you to skip the ticket office and jump to the front of all other lines.
DO YOU PROVIDE AN AUDIO GUIDE?
At this time, our audio guide is being updated and is not available. Please reference our translations in 9 languages featured throughout the observatory on your tour.
WHAT AMENITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TOP? IS THERE A RESTROOM?
Restrooms, including handicap-accessible restrooms, are available on the 86th Floor only. To limit high-touch surfaces, our powerful binoculars are currently not operable.
CAN I BRING A BABY STROLLER?
Yes. Elevators are available for visitors with baby strollers. Strollers must be folded on observation decks.
CAN I BRING A TRIPOD FOR MY CAMERA?
No. Tripods are prohibited at the Observatory, and there are no storage facilities on site.
I HAVE A LICENSED FIREARM. CAN I BRING IT?
No. Your firearm will be seized, and you will be arrested unless you are a member of the following law enforcement agencies:
New York City Police Department
New York State Police
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Secret Service
United States Department of State
ARE THERE ITEMS I CAN’T BRING INTO THE BUILDING?
The items listed are not permitted in the Empire State Building. Do not carry any of these items into the security screening area. Items that are confiscated may not be returned. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, so if you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it. Any questions and uncertainties should be referred to the Security Officers on duty.
All weapons, including firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, mace, any dangerous items and any dual-use items that could be dangerous are strictly prohibited in the Empire State Building.
Glass items, including bottles, glasses, marbles, etc.
Cans, bottles, flasks, etc.
Professional cameras, equipment, and camera stands: mono-pods, bi-pods and tripods
Sports equipment such as skateboards, roller skates, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls, etc.
Marking instruments, including spray paint and markers
Large packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage, and other such parcels.
Costumes and masks for non-PPE purposes
There are no locker storage facilities at the Empire State Building for personal belongings.
WHAT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS DO YOU TAKE?
There is active, 24/7 security at the Empire State Building. All you will notice is the primary security screening, similar to airport security procedure. Please keep in mind you will be monitored by cameras and other means throughout your entire visit.
WHERE CAN I BUY SOUVENIRS?
We sell a fantastic range of Empire State Building memorabilia on the 80th Floor Gift Shop, most of which is exclusive to our shop. If you’re not at the building, please visit our online shop.
WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS ARE MADE FOR VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES?
The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. We have handicapped restrooms on the 86th Floor Observatory and also have lowered viewing walls and binoculars. Service dogs are allowed throughout the building. Motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted. The 86th Floor has ramps to make getting around easier and lowered viewing walls so that visitors in chairs can still take in the view. Visit our Accessibility page for more information.