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Visiting the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building National Historic Landmark is not only one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions, but it is also one of the most famous landmarks in the world, offering an unparalleled view of the spectacular NYC skyline!
Since the Empire State Building Observatory opened to the public in 1931, more than 110 million visitors have been wowed by the striking vision of the city beneath them. Each year, over 3.5 million people visit the Empire State Building, and that popularity can make the ticket purchase lines exceedingly long, taking away precious time from your NYC Vacation ... but NYCVP offers advance admission tickets to the Empire State Building Observatory. These tickets can be used anytime and serve as a wonderful NYC souvenir.

Purchase your admission to the Empire State Building Observatory
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The Empire State Building was the world's tallest skyscraper for over 40 years - from its completion in 1931 until the former World Trade Center was constructed. With 102 floors, rising 1,454 feet high, it soars more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory, 1,050 feet high, offers magnificent panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade.

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. Read quick facts about the Empire State Building.

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

Tips for visitors: The best time to visit the Empire State Building Observatory and avoid long lines is on a weekday when the Observatory first opens at 8am, or between 3-5pm. Weekdays are less crowded than weekends. While there is no guarantee that these times will have lighter traffic, they are generally less crowded.
It is recommended to allow a minimum of two hours total for your visit to the Empire State Building so that you will have ample time to enjoy the view once you reach the Observatory

Everyone must pass through the security line, but purchasing your tickets in advance with NYCVP allows you to bypass the lengthy ticket lines, saving valuable time. There is always a wait for the elevator, and that wait depends on the number of visitors.
No glass items are permitted in the Observatory. Cameras and camcorders are allowed but no tripods. Only carry-on size and style bags, suitcases, backpacks, duffle bags, luggage, etc., are permitted. There is no coat check, package, baggage check or holding area, so please do not attempt to bring non-carry-on style luggage to the Observatory.

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

Location and Directions to the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Street

  • 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 34th Street/Penn Station
  • B, D, F, N, R, Q or PATH Train to 34th Street and 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas
Admission to the Empire State Building Observatory can be FREE when you book any NYCVP Vacation Package!
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