The Empire State Building Experience in New York, NY
20 West 34th Street • New York, NY 10118
Ideal for visitors of all ages, Empire State Building tickets offers a unique opportunity to see New York City from atop one of its most iconic landmarks. Enjoy the building’s art-deco lobby, majestic observatories, panoramic views of Manhattan and Central Park, and more. There are also QR codes throughout the self-guided tour so you can see behind the scenes.
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Observatory visitors should enter through the visitors' center at 20 W. 34th St. Other entrances on Fifth Avenue, 34th and 33rd Streets are reserved for tenants and their visitors.
We recommend you leave your car at home. If you can’t, the closest garage is located on 33rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, just across the street from the building.
Peak visiting times vary by season. The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year; for the safety of their guests they will be operating on an updated schedule following reopening.
Yes. For the safety of their guests they will be operating on an updated schedule following reopening, please check their website directly for detailed operating schedules.
Only if you are participating in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up. The stairs are closed to guests at all other times.
There are no time limits or specified visiting windows. Allow at least one hour for your visit, slightly more if you will be visiting both the main deck and the top deck. During peak visiting hours, especially in the warmer months, there may be extended wait times. You can speed up your visit by buying your tickets online, which allows you to skip the ticket office and jump to the front of all other lines.
The audio tour has been replaced by secondary engagement QR codes throughout the experience so you can see behind the scenes of the observatory. Please use your camera to scan the QR codes as you see them during your journey.
Restrooms, including handicap-accessible restrooms, are available on the 86th Floor only.
Yes. Elevators are available for visitors with baby strollers. Strollers must be folded on observation decks.
No. Tripods are prohibited at the observatory, and there are no storage facilities on site.
No. Your firearm will be seized, and you will be arrested unless you are a member of a New York City Police Department or federal government law enforcement agency, including the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, or United States Department of State.
The following items listed are not permitted in the Empire State Building. Do not carry any of these items into the security screening area. Items that are confiscated may not be returned. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, so if you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it. Any questions and uncertainties should be referred to the Security Officers on duty. - All weapons, including firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, mace, any dangerous items and any dual-use items that could be dangerous are strictly prohibited in the Empire State Building. - Glass items, including bottles, glasses, marbles, etc. - Alcoholic beverages - Cans, bottles, flasks, etc. - Professional cameras, equipment, and camera stands: mono-pods, bi-pods and tripods - Sports equipment such as skateboards, roller skates, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls, etc. - Marking instruments, including spray paint and markers - Musical instruments - Large packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage, and other such parcels. - Costumes and masks for non-PPE purposes - There are no locker storage facilities at the Empire State Building for personal belongings.
There is active, 24/7 security at the Empire State Building. All you will notice is the primary security screening, similar to airport security procedure. Please keep in mind you will be monitored by cameras and other means throughout your entire visit.
The Empire State Building sells a fantastic range of memorabilia on the 80th Floor Gift Shop, most of which is exclusive to their shop.
The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. They have handicapped restrooms on the 86th Floor Observatory and also have lowered viewing walls and binoculars. Service dogs are allowed throughout the building. Motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted. The 86th Floor has ramps to make getting around easier and lowered viewing walls so that visitors in chairs can still take in the view.