Empire State Building Tickets in New York, NY

20 West 34th StreetNew York, NY 10118
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Ideal for visitors of all ages, Empire State Building tickets offer a unique opportunity to see New York City from atop one of its most iconic landmarks. Enjoy the building’s art-deco lobby, majestic observatories, panoramic views of Manhattan and Central Park, and more. There are also QR codes throughout the self-guided tour so you can see behind the scenes.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • To avoid crowds, try to visit early in the morning or during the week. Sunset and nighttime visits offer stunning city views.
  • Expect to spend at least an hour for your visit, more if you are visiting both the main deck and top deck.
  • Located in Midtown Manhattan on the west side of Fifth Avenue, between between 33rd and 34th Streets. The visitors' entrance is at at 20 West 34th St.
  • Experience 360-degree views of New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond.
  • There is no coat check or locker facilities for personal belongings. Please note that large packages, carry-on luggage, and other such parcels are not permitted.
  • Elevators are available for visitors with baby strollers. Strollers must be folded in the elevator and on observation decks.
  • Open 365 days a year, including holidays.
  • Be sure to use the restroom on the second floor before getting in line for the elevator or else you may be waiting a while.

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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.


from Empire State Building Observatory
The World’s Most Famous Building 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, 10,000-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.

Empire State Building Observatory Reviews

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Kelsi J.
Colorado Springs, CO
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"Legend.. wait for it.. dary"
September 2023
I loved the Empire State Building! This was my first NYC observation deck and what an iconic experience. From the history of the ironworkers and the labor of love to build this masterpiece in the lobby to the breathtaking 360 views of NYC and the surrounding areas from the top. It was incredible!
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Megan A.
19 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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"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 Empire State Building Observatory

Where is the entrance?

Observatory visitors should enter through the visitors' center at 20 W. 34th St. Other entrances on Fifth Avenue, 34th and 33rd Streets are reserved for tenants and their visitors.

Is parking available?

No, there is no on-site parking and it is recommended that 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. The first two hours of the day and the hour directly after sunset tend to be the busiest.

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 it take to visit the Empire State Building, and 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 plan to visit both the main deck and the top deck.

Is an audio guide provided?

The audio guide has been replaced by secondary engagement QR codes throughout the experience so you can see behind the scenes of the observatory. Please use your camera to scan the QR codes as you see them during 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.

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 a New York City Police Department or federal government law enforcement agency, including the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, or United States Department of State.

Are there any items I cannot bring into the building?

The following 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.

What security precautions do they 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?

The Empire State Building sells a fantastic range of memorabilia on the 80th Floor Gift Shop, most of which is exclusive to their shop.

What accommodations are made for visitors with disabilities?

The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. They have accessible 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.