See the most visited NYC attraction! The Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan.
The 86th floor Empire State Building Observatory, at 1,050 feet (320 meters), offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade. The building is not only an awe-inspiring NYC landmark, which offers one of the most spectacular views on earth, but an unequaled symbol of American ingenuity and Art Deco architecture.
Since the Observatory opened to the public in 1931, almost 100 million visitors have thrilled to the awe-inspiring vision of New York City beneath them. High powered binoculars are available on the promenades at a minimal cost. Souvenir counters are also located in the 86th floor observatory. The 86th floor observatory is handicap accessible.
Ticket purchase lines at the Empire State Building can be lengthy - you should avoid the line by buying tickets in advance. When you purchase admission tickets from the NYC Ticket Machine
you get official Empire State Building tickets
sent to you - not a voucher that requires another line!
FREE tickets to the Observatory are available for Group Escorts - one FREE TICKET for every 20 purchased!
Visitors with tickets purchased online will go directly to the elevator waiting area, bypassing the ticket line after passing through the security check.
Admission can be FREE when you book any NYCVP Vacation Package!
The Empire State Building Observatory is open daily - rain or shine - from 8am-2am, with the last elevator going up at 1:15am.
Location and Directions
The Empire State Building is located at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue