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
Friday:  08:00 - 02:00
Saturday:  08:00 - 02:00
Sunday:  08:00 - 02:00
Monday:  08:00 - 02:00
Tuesday:  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.

Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes are 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
Jun 22, 2019
The view of the city from the observation deck was spectacular especially at dusk. The convenience of purchasing tickets online and presenting the tickets using my mobile device for admission was great.
Jun 20, 2019
I had four overseas relatives who wanted to visit the Empire State Building in a couple of days. I did not want them to stand in line for along time due to their limited days in NYC. I went to this site and immediately was able to buy four tickets. They immediately notified me on my cell phone and email the confirmation number of my order and tickets which I was able to printed they gave me their contact telephone number if I needed further assistance. Everything went very well.
Jun 20, 2019
It’s OK
Jun 18, 2019
Great experience very well organized !
Jun 17, 2019
Very good!
Jun 17, 2019
Everything went as planned without issue
Jun 16, 2019
I will absolutely tell my friends to visit the Empire State Building.
Jun 15, 2019
Excellent. A must see when in NYC!
Jun 14, 2019
Very nice
Jun 14, 2019
It was great. Go first thing in the morning when there are no lines.

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