The Empire State Building Experience in New York, NY

20 West 34th StreetNew York, NY 10118
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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.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • To avoid crowds, try to visit early in the morning or during the week. Sunset and nighttime visits offer stunning city views.
  • Expect to spend at least an hour for your visit, more if you are visiting both the main deck and top deck.
  • Located in Midtown Manhattan on the west side of Fifth Avenue, between between 33rd and 34th Streets. The visitors' entrance is at at 20 West 34th St.
  • Experience 360-degree views of New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond.
  • There is no coat check or locker facilities for personal belongings. Please note that large packages, carry-on luggage, and other such parcels are not permitted.
  • Elevators are available for visitors with baby strollers. Strollers must be folded in the elevator and on observation decks.
  • Open 365 days a year, including holidays.
  • Be sure to use the restroom on the second floor before getting in line for the elevator or else you may be waiting a while.


from The Empire State Building Experience
The World’s Most Famous Building is an international symbol of hope, determination, and possibility in the heart of New York City.

With the city’s only 360-degree outdoor Observatory and new 102nd Floor Observatory, which offers unobstructed jaw-dropping views through floor-to-ceiling windows, the Empire State Building Observatory is a must-visit attraction. The newly re-imagined experience features a fun-filled, 10-thousand-square-foot immersive digital and tactile museum that celebrates the Empire State Building from the time it was conceived to its place today in pop-culture; and industry-leading indoor environmental quality and safety protocols for visitor safety and comfort.

Open daily, the Empire State Building is a short walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden, and Penn Station.

You have not truly experienced New York City until you have visited the world-famous reimagined Empire State Building Observatory.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Empire State Building Experience

Where is the entrance?

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.

Is parking available?

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.

What is the best time to visit?

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.

Can I visit the Empire State Building at night?

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.

Can I run or climb the stairs at the Empire State Building?

Only if you are participating in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up. The stairs are closed to guests at all other times.

How long does a typical visit take, and is there a time limit?

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.

Do they provide an audio guide?

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.

What amenities are available at the top? Is there a restroom?

Restrooms, including handicap-accessible restrooms, are available on the 86th Floor only.

Can I bring a baby stroller?

Yes. Elevators are available for visitors with baby strollers. Strollers must be folded on observation decks.

Can I bring a tripod for my camera?

No. Tripods are prohibited at the observatory, and there are no storage facilities on site.

I have a licensed firearm, can I bring it?

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.

Are there any items I cannot bring into the building?

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.

What security precautions do they take?

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.

Where can I buy souvenirs?

The Empire State Building sells a fantastic range of memorabilia on the 80th Floor Gift Shop, most of which is exclusive to their shop.

What accommodations are made for visitors with disabilities?

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.