The Empire State Building Observatory is a famous viewing deck located on the 86th floor of the landmark New York City office building. Renowned for its panoramic views of New York City, the Observatory has been featured in classic films like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. Visitors can enjoy sweeping vistas of Manhattan and surrounding areas – including Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey – from both the outdoor, open-air deck and the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled viewing area that comprise the 86th Floor Observatory. Landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park are all visible on clear days from the Empire State Building Observatory, which towers 1,050 feet above the city streets.
Note that a new multimedia app is now is free for download from the App Store and Google Play. Customers can download it on their personal devices. The building offers free Wi-Fi as well. Coin-operated viewing machines can be found at various points along the outdoor deck of the Empire State Building Observatory. For an additional fee, visitors can access an observatory on the 102nd floor. This one is smaller and entirely enclosed, with glass windows that boast bird's-eye views from a height of 1,250 feet.
Nothing says New York quite like the Empire State Building.
The Empire State Building Observatory is a classic New York experience you have to see at least once. Soaring 1,454 feet above the busy streets of midtown Manhattan, the iconic art deco skyscraper is one of the tallest in the city, not to mention the most photographed landmark in the world. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the 86th floor observatory. On clear days, you can see five states – Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania – as well as the Hudson and East rivers, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and more. And if you visit Thursday-Saturday, you’ll be treated to the music of the ESB saxophonist, who plays each night from 9pm-12am.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING OBSERVATORY TOUR TIPS
All visitors must have their bags inspected. It’s a good idea to leave large bags at home or in your hotel.
If you want to avoid the longest lines at security check, the best time to visit is first thing in the morning (doors open at 8 a.m.) or around 3 p.m. in the afternoon.
An audio tour is INCLUDED with your ticket. Enjoy the self guided audio tour's collection of stories and fascinating facts about New York City. The seven 3-minute segments correspond to seven numbered views from the Empire State Building Observatory. Please pick up the device just past the ticket windows.