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Empire State Building General Admission Ticket

Empire State Building is New York City’s most recognisable and celebrated attraction and, with a gate-ready ticket in hand, you can skip the long ticket queue and head straight to the security check and elevator. Ascend to the 86th Floor Observatory for some of the best 360° panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond.

The World’s Most Famous Building is a must-see for its rich history, distinct Art-Deco style and world-famous Observatory offering spectacular 360-degree views from the heart of Manhattan. Visit during the day and see New York in all its glory or for a more romantic experience, visit at night and see the illuminated city sparkle.

New York’s most iconic attraction soars to nearly 1,500 feet above Manhattan and has featured in numerous Hollywood productions including King Kong, An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory offers some of the best 360° panoramic views of Manhattan and Beyond – on a clear day you can see for almost 80 miles, with five states in view - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Observatory has a heated, glass-enclosed area, which is surrounded by an outdoor open-air terrace, equipped with high-power binoculars.

In addition to the amazing observatory, your Empire State Building Tickets also give you access to the newly-opened, reimagined Empire State Building Galleries. This walk-through, hands-on museum experience offers a glimpse into the building's unique history and mystique. Explore the following exhibits: The Site in the 1920s, Construction, Opening Day, Otis Elevators, World’s Most Famous Building, King Kong and Celebrity.

If all the above is not enough for you then look out for the newly opened 80th Floor Observatory. Opened in late 2019, here you can enjoy the 360-degree views from the indoors via the building's historic viewfinders, experience films from the archives and create your own personalised and digitalised Big Apple itinerary with the all-new 'NYC: Above & Beyond' exhibit.

With a gate-ready Empire State Building Observatory Ticket in hand, move directly past the ticketing and voucher redemption queues at the entrance. However, you will still need to join the line for the elevator and a mandatory security check. The elevator line can be long at peak times (normally 11.00am to 1.00pm, and one hour before and after sunset). If you wish to avoid the crowds, we recommend you visit outside these times.

Location

Located at the heart of NYC, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. The entrance can be found at 20 West 34th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).

Opening Hours (subject to change)

  • October 19 through November 25 : 11am - 10pm
  • November 26 through 29 : 11am - 11pm
  • November 30 through December 18 : 11am - 10pm
  • December 19 through January 3 : 11am - 11pm
  • January 4 through Feb 28th : 12pm - 9pm

Experience Includes

  • General admission to the Empire State Building 86th Floor Observatory
  • Bypass the ticket/voucher queues at the entrance and head straight to the elevator queue!
  • Guaranteed entry on your chosen date and time
  • Print your tickets in advance or simply present on your smart phone for instant access
  • Panoramic views of up to six states from the surrounding open-air promenade or climate controlled viewing galleries from the Heart of New York City
  • World-renowned Art Deco masterpiece fully modernized with exciting Dare-to-Dream exhibit
  • Signage and app available in nine languages

Departs

The Empire State Building Observatory is open daily, year round.

Departure location

The Empire State Building Observatory entrance is located at 20 West 34th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue).

Start times

8.00am to 2.00am. Last elevator to the top goes at 1.15am.

Terms & Conditions

  • Your Empire State Building Observatory Ticket is only valid for the date and time chosen.
  • Your Empire State Building Observatory Ticket will enable you to move directly past the ticketing and voucher redemption queue. However, you will still need to join the line for the elevator and mandatory security check.
  • The Empire State Building Observatory Ticket does not include access to the 102nd Floor Observatory (these tickets can only be purchased at the Empire State Building itself. Current price $30 per person).
  • A free multimedia tour APP is included with every admission to the Empire State Building. Download the APP for free from either the Apple Store or Google Play, or connect once on-site via the free Wi-Fi. The self-guided multimedia tour app is available in 9 languages
  • Cancellation Policy: Tickets can be cancelled for free up to 72 hours before the event selected date/time.