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Empire State Building Observatory Tickets

Adult Price From: $45.73
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Empire State Building Observatory Admission

The Empire State Building is the World’s Most Famous Building and is on every visitor’s list as must-see attraction when they pay a visit New York City.

The Observatory’s spectacular indoor and outdoor 360-degree views offer an unparalleled view of the spectacular NYC skyline!

Located in the heart of Manhattan, this building is not only an awe-inspiring NYC landmark, but it is 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 and along the way the building become a part of history. 

As you journey through this Art Deco masterpiece, in addition to the Observation Deck, your visit includes, the two-story building model, the restored lobby with its stunning art deco ceiling murals and the Dare To Dream Exhibit.  This exhibit in located on the 2nd floor and features brand new immersive and interactive exhibits, that bring travelers through time on their way to one-of-a-kind views from the 86th Floor Observatory.

View From Empire State  Building

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 deck wraps around the building’s spire and provides 360-degree views of New York City.

You will get one-of-a-kind views of Central Park, The Hudson River and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and much more. 

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.

Whether you know the Empire State Building from movies like "King Kong," "An Affair to Remember," or "Sleepless in Seattle," are interested in Art Deco architecture, or simply want an awe-inspiring view of New York City, a visit to the Empire State Building will take your breath away.

The Empire State Building Observatory is open daily - rain or shine - from 8 AM-2 AM, with the last elevator going up at 1:15 AM.

Located in the heart of New York City it’s an easy walk from Times and Madison Squares and just up the street from Macy’s.

 To avoid the crowds, arrive at 8 AM when the observatory opens or consider a late-night visit. The Empire State Building is open until 2 AM every night, the last elevator up is 1:15 AM! 


The Empire State Building Observatory is open daily - rain or shine - from 8 AM-2 AM, with the last elevator going up at 1:15 AM. Enjoy live music on most Thursday-Saturday evenings after 9 PM.

Location and Directions to the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is located at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue

 Subway Directions to the Empire State Building:

  • 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 34th Street-Penn Station
  • B, D, F, N, Q, R, W, V or Path to 34th Street-Herald Square

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.


Quick Facts About the Empire State Building

  • Constructed in one year and 45 days including Sundays and holidays (ahead of schedule), using seven million man-hours
  • The Empire State Building cost $40,948,900 (including land) to build
  • The foundation is 55 feet (16.7 meters) below ground
  • The basement is 35 feet (10.6 meters) below ground
  • The lobby is 47 feet (14.3 meters) above sea level 
  • The total height is 1,454 feet (1,453 feet, 8 9/16th inches) or 443.2 meters to top of lightning rod
  • 1,050 feet (320 meters) to 86th Floor Observatory
  • 1,224 feet (373 meters) to 102nd Floor Tower
  • 230 feet from 102nd floor to tip
  • The antenna is 204 feet
  • 1,860 steps from street level to 102nd floor
  • The Empire State Building weighs 365,000 tons; the steel frame weighs 60,000 tons
  • The base of building rises five floors above the street. The entrance is four floors high and the lobby is three floors high.
  • 6,500 windows
  • Five entrances on 33rd Street, Fifth Avenue and 34th Street
  • 73 elevators, including six freight elevators, operating at speeds from 600 to 1,000 feet per minute. It is possible to ride from lobby to 86th floor in less than one minute.
  • 100 tons of trash and waste are removed from the building each month
  • About 250 people are employed by the Empire State Building, including a maintenance staff of 150 
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