Get into an Empire State of Mind, with entrance to the building's second-floor galleries included as part of your ticket. Learn more about the face of the Big Apple, from its inception and construction to its intertwined history with Hollywood – you'll find exhibits devoted to King Kong and the building's other most famous celebrity visitors.
Think of it as a museum for all things Empire State. Try hands-on experiences that'll leave you feeling like you played a hand in constructing the tower, walk through the photography of Lewis Hines (including his iconic image of workmen lunching on a steel beam high above Manhattan), experience opening day in the 1930s, and learn about the pioneering technology of the original elevators.
Looking up at New York's skyscrapers is quite an experience. But it's nothing compared to looking down on New York from atop its most famous skyscraper located in the heart of Manhattan. With ongoing exhibitions on the second and 80th floors, and two observation decks, the Empire State Building is the best way to see the Empire State.
The Empire State Building was completed in 1931, and this Art Deco icon still retains its charm. The smiling team of burgundy-uniformed personnel at the front door will usher you into this city classic. Marvel at the inspiring murals adorning the walls and ceiling as you go.
The most iconic spot on this skyscraper is the 86th floor, where many movies, like Independence Day and Sleepless in Seattle, have filmed memorable scenes.
The view from up top is breathtaking, figuratively (and sometimes literally too!). With these Empire State Building tickets, you'll see panoramic views of up to six states from the surrounding open-air promenade and climate-controlled viewing galleries.
Take your time to snap aerial shots of Central Park, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the One World Trade Center –and at least one of you beating your chest like King Kong did when he climbed the building.
Empire State Extras
For your own digitally guided tour from the ground floor right up to the top, the Official Empire State Building Guide app is a must-have. Download it for free from the App Store and Google Play.
Hungry up high? The Empire State Building boasts seven eateries. Choose a pre-fixed dinner package at the State Grill and Bar, which also serves local craft beers and cocktails. Starbucks, Chipotle, and Sushi-teria are also close by.
For something different, the Empire Lights'Wich is an Instagram-worthy homemade ice cream sandwich that changes to match the lights each night!
The aluminum tower atop the roof (where the antenna is now) was intended as a mooring mast for zeppelins. Unfortunately this plan was deemed too dangerous due to the strong winds around the skyscraper (also, zeppelins tend to burst into flames quite often).
Skip the box office ticketing line after the security check and go to the elevators.