Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building Observatory is more than just a view. Embark on a journey through one of the most famous landmarks in the world, where you will experience the Art Deco lobby and murals, the historical “Dare to Dream” exhibit, and sustainability exhibit. Learn the fascinating history of the building's construction, restoration and industry-leading sustainability retrofit. Take in New York's most breathtaking views from its open-air observatory. See New York's world-famous skyline as it was meant to be seen—until 2am every night. Enhance your visit with the free Empire State Building app, available on the App Store and Google Play.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When are the best times to visit? Peak visiting times vary, but it’s recommended that you visit early in the morning (around 8am), in midafternoon (around 3pm) or after 11pm.
How long does a typical visit take? Visits normally last around an hour, though you might want to add a little time if you’re going all the way up to the second deck on the 102nd floor. You can skip to the front of line by buying an express ticket.
Can I take the stairs to the top? Only if you’re participating in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up. At all other times, the 1,576 stairs are closed to visitors.
Will there be a musician present to provide romantic background music? Why yes. The Empire State Building's resident saxophonist plays the 86th-floor observatory Thursdays through Saturdays, beginning a bit after the sun goes down and usually winding up around midnight.