The must see for any visitor to New York City, the Empire State Building - the World’s Most Famous Building - is on every list for its Observatory’s spectacular indoor and outdoor 360-degree views from the heart of Manhattan. Along the way, become a part of history as you journey through this Art Deco masterpiece including the restored lobby and murals.
Open from 8am to 2 am, along with a gift shop filled with exclusive items, there are several dining options including the fine cuisine of State Grill and Bar. 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.
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.
The Empire State Building is more than just a breathtaking view from the heart of New York – it’s an architectural, engineering and cultural icon, and the Official Empire State Building Guide App is a must-have. The app serves as your own personal tour guide, taking you all the way from the ground floor to the 360° open-air views of the Observation deck. Download it for free from the App Store and Google play. Available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and German.
To avoid the crowds arrive at 8AM when the observatory opens or consider a late night visit. The Empire State Building is open until 2AM every night, the last elevator up is 1:15AM!
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. Enjoy live music on most Thursday-Saturday evenings after 9pm.
You can check the Time to the Top* at www.empirestatebuilding.com or by calling 877 NYC-VIEW (692-8439).
*Average general admission ticket travel time from upon entering security, through our two exhibits, to the 86th floor Observation Deck. Updated every 2 minutes.
Location and Directions
The Empire State Building is located at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue
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.
- 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
A View from the Top
Take in the full view of the City by riding up to the top of the Empire State Building. Open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday - Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays You can start your day off with an impeccable sight or catch the sun as it sets over Manhattan. The first elevator goes up 80 stories, then you can choose to walk up 6 flights of stairs, or stand in line for the second elevator. However you choose to climb to the 86th floor Observatory, it will be worth it. The 360 degree view of New York City is breathtaking. Make sure you bring your camera for some gorgeous shots of the island!