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Tickets for Empire State Building: General Admission

Make like King Kong and access an iconic tower: the best way to discover NYC

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  08:00 - 02:00
Tomorrow:  08:00 - 02:00
Monday:  08:00 - 02:00
Tuesday:  08:00 - 02:00
Wednesday:  08:00 - 02:00
Thursday:  08:00 - 02:00
Friday:  08:00 - 02:00
Best time to visit
Before 09:00 or after 23:00
Highlights
  • See the most iconic views of NYC from the 86th floor, or go even higher and survey the Empire State from 102 stories up
  • Admire the Art Deco style of one of America's true landmarks; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986
  • You'll need to join the security line and then bypass the box office ticket line, but then you're all set!
Description

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. With ongoing exhibitions 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 maintains its charm. The smiling team of burgundy-uniformed personnel at the front door usher you into this classic, with inspiring murals on the walls and ceiling.

The most iconic spot on this skyscraper is the 86th floor, where many movies (like Independence Day and Sleepless in Seattle) have memorable scenes.

The view from here is breathtaking, figuratively (and sometimes literally too)! You'll see panoramic views of up to five states from the surrounding open-air promenade and climate-controlled viewing galleries.

Take your time to snap some shots of Central Park, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, 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

Want to visit the 102nd floor Observatory for 360° open-air views of NY? Opt to upgrade your experience ($20) at the Observatory ticket office (2nd floor) or at the 86th floor kiosk.

And for your own personal tour guide 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 eight different eateries. Choose a pre-fixed dinner package at the State Grill and Bar, which also serves local craft beers and cocktails. Starbucks, Chipotle, Sushi-teria, and the budget- minded Heartland Brewery 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 Empire State Building has live music to enjoy most Thursday to Saturday evenings, after 21:00.

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Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
What's included
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Access to the 86th floor Observation Deck
  • Access to the 102nd floor Observation Deck, but you can purchase that at the 86th floor for only $20 (credit card only)
Instructions

Skip the box office ticketing line after the security check and go to the elevators.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Empire State Building
20 West 34th Street, 10001, New York
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Insider tip

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).

Jon
Regional Manager
Reviews
Apr 12, 2019
No issues.
Apr 12, 2019
Wonderful views. Quite well organized.
Apr 10, 2019
Great
Apr 9, 2019
Excellent
Apr 9, 2019
Booked tickets the day before, went straight to front of queue
Apr 9, 2019
Easy
Apr 7, 2019
Security at the other doors, doors not for visitors, are so rude.
Apr 7, 2019
EZ... walked right in! Simply scanned the mobile Tkts at entry point/ turnstiles!
Apr 6, 2019
We planned our nighttime visit after attending an event at Madison Square Garden. Great decision for the beautiful views of the city's lights and no lines or crowds to get in. I would highly recommend a late night visit!
Apr 6, 2019
Definitely one to tick off the list! Fab experience!
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