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Empire State Building Observatory

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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. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., 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. For a quick and easy way to see the sights from the viewing deck, buy the Express Pass to jump straight to the front of the line.

The new and improved Empire State Building Experience includes never-before-seen, interactive 2nd-floor galleries that tackle the landmark’s mythic status in architecture, pop culture, and beyond. New exhibits include an exploration of the building site in the 1920s, a tribute to King Kong, and a spotlight on the many celebrities who have visited the building over the years. Additionally, a new multimedia app is now available for free download from the App Store and Google Play. The building offers free Wi-Fi as well. For an additional fee, visitors can access an enclosed observatory on the 102nd floor, featuring glass windows that boast bird's-eye views from a height of 1,250 feet. The Empire State Building also provides a gift shop with unique and exclusive items, as well as eight dining options, some include the STATE Grill and Bar, Tacombi, and more.


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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.

If one visit to the Empire State Building wasn’t enough, you can visit it again. The AM/PM pass allows you and your party to visit the viewing deck during the day between 8a.m.- 8:59 p.m. then again see the sites at night from 9 p.m-1:15 a.m. If your day is packed full with adventure but you still want to squeeze in the Empire State Building, make reservations to see the observation deck for the sunrise. Times vary due to sunrise times, but it is a sight to behold. However, this pass is reservations only with limited availability. If you really want to know the ins-and-outs of the Empire State Building, partake in the Premium Experience. This is a 90-minute tour with an Observatory Ambassador. Also included is VIP priority access and a souvenir photo. This tour is also reservations only due to limited availability.


Additional Information

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.

Please print voucher before arrival. Guests without a printed voucher will not be admitted. Children 5 and under are FREE.



20 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001