Empire State Building
Empire State Building
4.5
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
The Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Building. It rises 1,454 ft from ground to antenna & features the only 360 degree open-air vantage point of Midtown. The 86th & 102nd Fl Observatories are open daily, see esbnyc.com for hours. On a clear day you can see up to 6 states. The brand-new 2nd floor museum (included in all ticket options) offers guests 10,000 sq ft of interactive exhibits that invite visitors on a journey beginning from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture. The 102nd Fl Obs features floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass elevator with sound & light experience. It is the jewel of NYC. All signage, audio & exhibits in the building are available in 9 languages. We offer free Wi-Fi. The 34th St Lobby entrance features a grand staircase with a 2-story architectural model of the bldg & a high-tech LED exhibit that celebrates lighting ceremonies performed by famous, celebrity guests. Express guests receive red carpet VIP treatment.
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 34th St – Herald Square • 3 min walk
  • 33rd St • 5 min walk
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  • Lovelle E
    3 contributions
    Views!
    We went just before sunset so we had the views with sun setting and the city at night. Being February, it was a little cold but they know that and they have mini over head heaters which do make a difference. From the time you enter, you're fully immersed. Great visit, great observatory.
    So glad that the Empire State Building exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your review.
    Written February 23, 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written February 22, 2023
  • Compass25375034297
    2 contributions
    Lovely at sunset
    Even though there were lots of people we were not waiting around for ages. We moved through the queues quickly. The way the staff moved you around the building made it a quick process to get upstairs to the views. Lovely view from the top, just remember your hat, gloves and scarf.
    Thank you for the wonderful review. We’re glad that you enjoyed your experience with us.
    Written February 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 22, 2023
  • vinceU5208YJ
    American Fork, Utah1 contribution
    Very Fun and exciting tour and breathtaking views of New York City!
    The Empire State building has gone the extra mile to make your trip up especially fun and exciting. Videos, history, narration and incredible views of the city. We visited all the main attractions including a play on Broadway and my daughter said this was her favorite!
    Thank you for review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our museum and gallery just as much as the view.
    Written February 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 22, 2023
  • TNECMom
    Nashville, Tennessee18 contributions
    Great experience, incredible views
    The Empire State Building is a fun family attraction, and it is worth going to the 102nd floor. Our kids loved it. It is also notable how friendly the staff is in ushering visitors through.
    Happy to hear that your party had a great time with us. Hope to see you soon. Thank you for the review.
    Written February 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 22, 2023
  • chngszewei
    9 contributions
    Amazing experience
    Breathtaking views, impressive interiors, amazing architecture! We were lucky to have Renita, an Empire State Building Observatory Ambassador, to share with us her stories, the history and her favorite spots for phototaking! She made trip all the more special! Thank you!
    Thank you for choosing the Empire State Building, we are so happy Renita made it a memorable one. We will be sure to pass the message along.
    Written February 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 23, 2023
  • Maria
    19 contributions
    What an experience
    It was easy to get tickets and select time slot online. The lines were not too long (max 15 mins) and there was room enough to have a look and take photos. The whole visit was convenient. Last time visited Empire State Building late in the evening and it was a great experience but perhaps I still liked more this morning slot with clear weather and brilliant view over Manhattan.
    Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your stay in New York. We hope to see you next time you visit. Thank you for the review.
    Written February 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 27, 2023
  • Victoria queen
    San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina9 contributions
    Simply breathtaking
    It was my second time at the Empire Sate. My forth time I New York. But it was muy mum first time for everything in this amazing city. We make the most of every minute. The Empire State experience is a must.
    Happy to hear that your party had a great time with us. Hope to see you soon. Thank you for the review.
    Written February 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 28, 2023
  • wayness05
    1 contribution
    Weather is a factor.
    I made a booking for 10:30am and didn't research well enough to know mornings in Feb can be cloudy more often then not. The thick clouds took away the main reason for ascending the building. That aside all other aspects were great.
    Thank you so much for your review!
    Written February 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • kellimck775
    2 contributions
    Breath-taking
    There are a few observatory options in NYC but I decided on the most famous one, and it did NOT disappoint! Even on a windy day the 86th floor observation deck was incredible, and the 102nd floor was well worth the extra money. 360° views, absolutely stunning, and the tour itself with all the information about how that phenomenon was built was so well-done.
    We’re so happy to hear that you had a wonderful visit to the Empire State Building. Thank you for the review. Hope to be a part of your next visit to New York.
    Written February 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • chris-liles
    Easley, South Carolina1 contribution
    Awesome view and experience
    I highly recommend if your going to visit the building you do it at night. The view was amazing, to be able to see the city at night from there is awesome and something i highly recommend everyone do. the employees were very helpful and nice, and made great recommendations.
    Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about our staff. We will be sure to pass your message along.
    Written March 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 1, 2023
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Patty P
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This was a great way to see the city from up high. I enjoyed seeing parts of the building and it's history. Would recommend doing this if you have time. We went @3pm so it didn't take long to get through security and up to the 86th floor. Loved the King Kong animation.
Written February 20, 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review. Happy to hear you enjoyed the view.
Written February 21, 2024
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Mandy H
Barton-upon-Humber, UK106 contributions
Mixed review on our recent visit to the ESB. We were so looking forward to this on our recent trip to NY. We had booked our slot for 8 pm. Now, granted, I didn't actually realise that it closed at 9pm, but still, 1 hour would have been nice. We arrived at 7.40 to a huge queue right down the street. We were quickly inside the building, which we appreciated as it had snowed that morning and was freezing. However, that's where the hold ups began. The queue was huge to get us through security and very slow moving. Once we got up to the security area, the staff started to frantically squeeze all the guests into one lane. Security itself was fairly quick. But after that, we didn't get to enjoy any of the experience of getting to the lifts to go up to the 86th floor due to being told that it closes at 9pm.
We finally got onto the viewing level at 8.48pm, and the whole time we were up there, we heard the staff yelling how many minutes we had left. The views were incredible, and everything I had hoped for and the outdoor heaters were welcomed. But for the money, we were very let down by the experience.
Written February 20, 2024
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We're so sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations. We would like to hear more about your experience, please reach out to us at roomtoimprove@esbonyc.com with your confirmation number, date and time of visit. We look forward to your email.
Written February 20, 2024
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KA Y
3 contributions
I'm not sure what the point of having time slots was. If you want to actually visit at the time you selected, you should arrive 20 mins before. Hopefully no one in your group needs to use the restroom when you arrive and while you're waiting in a very long line, because the bathroom isn't available until after you wait in the long line, go upstairs to the second floor, wait in an even longer line, clear security, wait in another line where your ticket gets scanned (hopefully everyone with tickets loaded up their tickets already in case they don't have cell service in the building or are having some other sort of technical issues, cause then it holds everyone up.... I will say on a positive note, the staff in the building were kind and professional and helpful. The worst part is the elevator situation as you head to/from the 86th floor. You will wait in line at least 20 mins to go up to the 86th floor and another 20 mins on the way down... For reference , we had a 630 time slot, we arrived exactly at 630 and by the time we exited back to 34th St, it was 8:15. We didn't linger long on the 86th floor because it was very cold and windy. We also took the stairs from the 80th to the 86th and same back down instead of waiting for the elevator. So if you do the elevators and spend more time on the terrace, you can expect to spend 2.5-3 hrs at this landmark. I still recommend doing this at least once, just make sure you have the time.
Written February 19, 2024
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Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your New York experience. We apologize for not meeting your expectations. We would appreciate it if you can reach out to us at roomtoimprove@esbonyc.com we would like to hear more of your experience. Please include your confirmation number, date and time of tour.
Written February 20, 2024
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Daniel L
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
I have been told top of the rock was far superior, I completely disagree. This was a far better experience from the way they dressed which I loved, to the museum & the stories.
Top of the rock does have a larger viewing platform but I enjoyed this experience far more and so did my wife
Written February 19, 2024
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So glad that the Empire State Building exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your review.
Written February 20, 2024
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Craig H
35 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing, everything I had hoped it would be. Freezing cold weather but can't account for nature. Beautiful sights and absolutely amazing helpful staff.
Written February 18, 2024
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Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your New York experience. We hope to see you again.
Written February 20, 2024
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Sarah M
8 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We visited the Empire State as a family in the late afternoon / early evening just before sunset. The views were spectacular! It had snowed that morning so the buildings looked even more magical covered in snow. This was my and my husband's third visit but it was 21 years since the last so things were very different. Lots to look at and read on the way up, and the staff were absolutely delightful. We were very pleased to meet the gorgeous Renita at the top, an ambassador of the ESB, who we had seen on the welcome film whilst waiting to go through security. She's a total star!
A great visit for a family with teenagers - even though it's expensive, it's worth it for the views!
Written February 18, 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about our staff. We will be sure to pass your message along.
Written February 20, 2024
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,476 contributions
I had been up here about 20 years ago, but with a friend who had never been. I forgot how amazing the views are - went at sunset and Joe you get higher and better views from the 102nd floor that used to not be available. We got the Express ticket which was nice, but I wouldn’t recommend it as it wasn’t crowded anyhow, so I probably only saved 5 minutes time in total anyway.
Written February 18, 2024
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Thank you for choosing the Empire State building. We are so happy you a had a memorable visit. Hope you’ll come back and see us soon.
Written February 20, 2024
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BuckeyetoFL
St. Petersburg, FL74 contributions
If you’re seeking an unforgettable experience that’ll leave your heart racing and your spirits soaring, look no further than the Empire State Building’s 86th and 102nd floors. Purchasing tickets for both levels proved to be worth every penny as the panoramic views of New York City are simply breathtaking. On a clear day, the sensation of standing atop this iconic skyscraper is nothing short of euphoric, making even the strongest of knees quiver with excitement. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this sky-high adventure promises unparalleled fun and memories to last a lifetime.
Written February 17, 2024
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the experience with us.
Written February 20, 2024
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Ali Pickering
Shropshire, UK216 contributions
Stunning views great art deco building
Not much of wait to get to the top, booking is recommended
We used go City tourist pass, great value picked 6 places to visit, well worth the money
Staff were friendly
East to walk to about 15 to 20 minutes from crowne plaza, times square
Written February 17, 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about our staff. We will be sure to pass your message along.
Written February 20, 2024
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Bess S
Signal Mountain, TN1 contribution
The tickets did not download from the Trip Advisor app, so I had to pay for two additional tickets. How do I get reimbursed?
Written February 17, 2024
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Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your New York experience. We apologize for not meeting your expectations. We would appreciate it if you can reach out to us at roomtoimprove@esbonyc.com we would like to hear more of your experience. Please include your confirmation number, date and time of tour.
Written February 17, 2024
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Empire State Building admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$64.50, while a popular guided tour starts around C$7.35 per person.

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