The Empire State Building Experience in New York, NY

350 5th AvenueNew York, NY 10118
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Overview

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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Open 365 days a year, including holidays.
  • Visit between 8:00 am and 11:00 am for less of a wait.
  • Use restrooms on the 2nd floor before getting in line for the elevators.
  • The building does not have locker facilities.
  • Specific elevators are available for guests with strollers.
  • Allow a minimum of 1-2 hours to enjoy the entire experience.

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Insights from Tripster's own team members

Savannah Rhame

We got to see some great sights of the city via our Empire State Building Experience. We visited early morning so the wait was not very long.

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Raquel S.

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.

Description

from The Empire State Building Experience
CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
The World’s Most Famous Building, which celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2021, is an international symbol of hope, determination, and possibility in the heart of New York City.

With the city’s only 360-degree outdoor Observatory and new 102nd Floor Observatory, which offers unobstructed jaw-dropping views through floor-to-ceiling windows, the Empire State Building Observatory is a must-visit attraction. The newly re-imagined experience features a fun-filled, 10 thousand square foot immersive digital and tactile museum that celebrates the Empire State Building from the time it was conceived to its place today in pop-culture; and industry-leading indoor environmental quality and safety protocols for visitor safety and comfort. Open daily, the Empire State Building is a short walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden, and Penn Station.

You have not truly experienced New York City until you have visited the world-famous reimagined Empire State Building Observatory.

Hours of Operation:
September 7th – Nov 24th:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 1 P.M. – 10 P.M.| Last Elevator at 9:15 P.M.
Fri, Sat, Sun: 11 A.M. – 11 P.M. | Last Elevator at 10:15 P.M.
November 25th – 28th [THANKSGIVING]: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M. | Last Elevator at 11:15 P.M.
Nov 29th – Dec 17th:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 1 P.M. – 10 P.M| Last Elevator at 9:15 P.M.
Fri, Sat, Sun: 11 A.M. – 11 P.M. | Last Elevator at 10:15 P.M.
Dec 18th – Jan 2nd: 9 A.M. – 12 A.M| Last Elevator at 11:15 P.M.

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Megan A.
20 Reviews
"Amazing Views in all Directions!"
May 2016
We went in April, it was a really cold day.. but totally worth it. You can walk around to see in every direction and it's amazing. I would have really liked to go at sunset or even at night and would suggest going on a clear day. The lines were really short in April.
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Tip: You can pay $20 to upgrade to the 102th Floor!

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Tripster Customer
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"Beautiful Views"
May 2016
Amazing views at every angle. We went during the day and we could see the Statue of Liberty. It was very windy. The lines were very short (in the first of April). It's a good way to take in NYC. You will feel as you are on the top of the world.
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Tip: The least crowded times are in the early morning or mid afternoon.

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Empire State Building Experience

 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.

Alcoholic beverages

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

Musical instruments

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.