NYC - The Official Guide

Empire State Building Observatory


Soaring 1,454 feet above Manhattan, the Empire State Building is one of the world’s most famous skyscrapers. Open daily from 8am to 2am, the 86th and 102nd floor observatories offer two of the highest vantage points in the City. Explore the newly-designed entrance featuring a two-story architectural model of the building, images of past celebrity visitors and a red carpet for VIP guests. Immerse yourself in the new interactive museum on your way to the top, and don’t forget to snap a photo with King Kong.

20 W. 34th St.
Manhattan, NY 10118
  (212) 736-3100
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Historic Sites & Landmarks
Buildings & Skyscrapers
Observation Decks
Gift & Souvenir Shops
Wheelchair Accessible
Free WiFi
WiFi Available
City Views
Kid Friendly
Multilingual Staff
Senior/Student Discounts

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.


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