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The Empire State Building is proud to unveil a brand new entrance on 34th street, just for visitors to the Observatory. This larger entrance will help create a seamless flow and provide a fully modernized journey for all visitors.

Empire State Building tickets

Gate Prices Adult $45.73
Child (3-12) $42.46

Visit the Empire State Building, one of the most recognizable and iconic landmarks in the world. Miraculously erected during The Great Depression, the building itself serves as a symbol of hope, perseverance, and prosperity for many who travel to NYC to see it.

The only thing more spectacular than looking up at the Empire State Building from the streets of New York City is heading up to its 86th floor at 1,050-feet above ground and stepping out into the observation area to look out at 360-degrees of "the greatest city in the world" — a must do for any first timer in NYC.

Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building Experience is so much more than just a view. Embark on a journey through one of the most famous landmarks in the world, where you will experience a newly restored Art Deco lobby and murals, the historical Dare to Dream exhibit, and Sustainability Exhibit. Your visit will conclude at the most iconic 360-degree open-air observation deck in all of NYC – The Empire State Building’s 86th Floor Observatory Deck. Feel the heart of NYC!


  • Take in the whole Empire State Building Experience, including the newly renovated art-deco lobby, the sustainability and historical exhibits, and a free self-guided multimedia tour.
  • Look out on New York City from 1,050 feet above the bustling streets below.
  • See panoramic views of up to five states from the surrounding open-air promenade or from the climate controlled viewing galleries.
  • Get details about what you’re viewing from every vantage point with the free self-guided multimedia tour.

Tips for Visitors:

  • Observatory is open until 2:00 am every night for spectacular skyline and nighttime views.
  • Enjoy live music on most Thursday - Saturday evenings after 9:00 pm.
  • Whether its breakfast, lunch, or dinner, State Grill and Bar is located in the lobby to cater to your dining needs.
  • To plan your visit, you are welcome to check the Time to the Top* at or by calling (877) NYC-VIEW (692-8439).
    *Average general admission ticket travel time from clearing security, through our two exhibits, to the 86th floor Observation Deck. Updated every 2 minutes.
  • Best time to visit: Beat the crowds. For more space and less wait, visit between 8:00 am and 11:00 am or after 10:00 pm.
  • Accessibility: The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. Handicapped restrooms are located on the 86th Floor Observatory. 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.

On-Site Upgrades:

  • 102nd Floor Observatory: Upgrade available during certain times of the year through the ticket kiosks.
  • Express Pass: Upgrade your pass at the ticket kiosks for Express Entry during certain times of the year. (Please note: street sales agents outside of the building are not employed by the Empire State Building Observatory and are not authorized to sell Express upgrades.)

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Getting In

Your pass is your ticket to enter. Save time with your pass by skipping the ticket kiosks! Simply present your pass at the General Admission turnstile, located beyond security. (Want VIP entry? Upgrade your access at any of the ticket kiosks to get expedited entry and access to the 112th floor at a discounted rate.)


Daily, 8:00 am-2:00 am (last admission is at 1:15 am)


Open 365 days-a-year.


Special Limited Time Offer: Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 22-December 31, 2019: Early Bird entry from 7.30AM, a full 30 minutes before general admission. Enjoy exclusive observatory access before it opens with a Go New York Build Your Own pass!

Everyone must go through the security check when entering the building. No glass or bottles may be taken to 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. The Observatory does not have a coat check, package, baggage check or holding area, so please do not bring non-carry-on style luggage to the Observatory.

NEW MULTIMEDIA APP – Enhance your experience to the Empire State Building with the Official Guide App. 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 or Google Play. Available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and German.

Included Extra: Hand held audio tour is included (available in 10 different languages).


20 West 34th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue)
New York City, NY 10118

Public Transportation

By Subway: 6 train to 33rd Street; R, N, Q, B, D, M, F trains to 34th Street/Herald Square; 1, 2, or 3 trains to 34th Street/Penn Station. The Empire State Building is walking distance from Penn Station, Herald Square, Grand Central Station, and Times Square, less than one block from 34th St subway stop.

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