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Tickets to the Empire State Building Observatory
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Tickets to the Empire State Building Observatory

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Tickets to the Empire State Building Observatory at Sunrise
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Tickets to the Empire State Building Observatory at Sunrise

Book your Empire State Building Sunrise tickets with us today to watch the sunrise from the heart of New York City and witness the city awakening!

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New York CityPASS®: five top attractions
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New York CityPASS®: five top attractions

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Go City | New York Explorer Pass for 2 to 10 Attractions
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Go City | New York Explorer Pass for 2 to 10 Attractions

Your choice of top New York attractions, all on one pass. Enjoy great savings compared to buying individual tickets to all the top NYC sights.

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The New York Pass® with 100+ Attractions
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The New York Pass® with 100+ Attractions

Visit as many attractions as you like, for one low price. From Empire State Building to 911 Museum, save on 100+ things to do in New York.

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Empire State Building and Manhattan Walking Tour
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Empire State Building and Manhattan Walking Tour

See over 20 of the most iconic landmarks in New York, then visit the world-famous Empire State Building for amazing views from the 86th floor!

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About the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is without a doubt New York’s most iconic skyscraper and a must-see on your first visit. The building, all 380 metres – excluding the antenna – and 102 storeys of it, can be spotted from miles away and is a landmark wherever you go in the Big Apple. 

Construction on this Art Deco skyscraper, designed by Shreve, Lam & Harmon, began in 1930 and lasted 410 days. A remarkable 4.5 floors were built per week. Although the building was initially nicknamed the ‘Empty State Building’ due to a lack of tenants, it is now impossible to imagine Manhattan without it – rivalled only the Statue of Liberty as the symbol of New York. During your visit, you’ll zoom from the chic lobby in lightning-fast lifts to the 86th or 102nd floor, where you can marvel at the skyline. From the observation deck, you can see Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and many more attractions. On a clear day, you can see no fewer than six states. 

It was the tallest building in the world for 40 years until 1971, when it was beaten by the World Trade Center. Today it has even more competition and is New York’s fourth tallest building and is ranked 43rd worldwide. 

Things to know before you go 

  • The Empire State Building is completely wheelchair accessible 

  • Guide dogs are allowed 

  • Upon entry, all visitors must go through a security check 

  • Strollers can be taken in the elevator without any problems, but they must be folded on the observation deck 

  • The consumption of food and drinks is not allowed, nor are you allowed to take bottles, cans, flasks, etc. with you 

  • Taking pictures is allowed, but you cannot bring professional camera equipment and tripods 

  • There are no lockers available 

Opening hours of the Empire State Building 

The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year. Specific opening hours vary by season so check for the date of your visit. The last lift goes up 45 minutes before closing time. 

How to get there 

The Empire State Building is located in the middle of Midtown Manhattan, at the intersection of 34th Street and 5th Avenue. The tourist entrance is located at 20 W 34th St. 

If you’re in Midtown, all you have to do is look up to find your way to the building. 

If you come from further afield, there are several metro options: 

  • 34nd Street Station – Penn Station (lines 1, 2, 3, A, C, E): five minutes walk 

  • 34th Street Station – Herald Square Station (Lines N, Q, R, W, B, D, F, M): 5 minute walk 

  • Grand Central Terminal (lines 4, 5, 6, 7): a ten minute walk 

While we don’t recommend driving, there is a parking lot nearby, AZ Parking, on 33rd St. between 5th Ave and Broadway.

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What should I really see at the Empire State Building?

A visit to the Empire State Building is of course mainly about the great view from the observation decks. There are two - the main deck is on the 86th floor. This open-air deck offers a 360° view and the wind in your hair at 320 metres completes the experience. With special tickets you can go to the 102nd and highest floor. You’ll stay indoors there, but the floor-to-ceiling windows make for another spectacular view. 

In addition to the great view, there are also two galleries on the 2nd and 80th floors. In these exhibitions you will find out all about the history of the building. There are photos and screens detailing, among other things, the construction, the opening day and the films in which the Empire State has featured. You can also have your photo taken with copper statues of workmen from that time, making it look like you were there yourself.

What are the best ways to visit the Empire State Building?

The most popular tickets for the Empire State Building are standard or express tickets. These tickets give you access to the observation deck on the 86th floor and the exhibitions on the 2nd and 80th floors – including a free downloadable audio guide and free WiFi. With the express tickets you skip the queues at the lifts. How do you fancy catching the clearest view during the day and then coming back in the evening to see the amazing city at sunset? If it’s a yes you’ll need an AM-PM Experience. To really understand the fascinating story of the Empire State Building, book a tour with a guide. A final option that saves you money and time is a city pass that gives you access to numerous New York attractions.

How much time do I need for visiting the Empire State Building take?

For a visit to the Empire State Building you have to set aside about an hour and a half. This way you can take your time to view the galleries and take some amazing photos of the city. The ride in the elevator to the 80th floor - where you switch to another elevator to reach the deck after the exhibition - takes less than a minute.

What is the best time to visit the Empire State Building?

Let’s be realistic here - you will never be alone in the Empire State Building. But to avoid the crowds, it is best to go just after opening time (depending on the season), in the afternoon around three o’clock or just before closing time. It is often busiest around 11 a.m. and around sunset. If possible, avoid the weekends. With an express ticket you skip the queues at the lifts, which can take up to half an hour during the busiest periods.

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Reviews Empire State Building

  • Harold

    - February 2016

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

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    - November 2015

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

  • GDPR Expired data

    - November 2015

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    excellent visit with superb views on the day

  • Zoe

    - January 2015

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    An incredible deal for tourists in New York. Be sure to visit Top of the Rock!!!

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