Empire State Building
Empire State Building
4.5
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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About
The Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Building. It rises 1,454 ft from ground to antenna & features the only 360 degree open-air vantage point of Midtown. The 86th & 102nd Fl Observatories are open daily, see esbnyc.com for hours. On a clear day you can see up to 6 states. The brand-new 2nd floor museum (included in all ticket options) offers guests 10,000 sq ft of interactive exhibits that invite visitors on a journey beginning from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture. The 102nd Fl Obs features floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass elevator with sound & light experience. It is the jewel of NYC. All signage, audio & exhibits in the building are available in 9 languages. We offer free Wi-Fi. The 34th St Lobby entrance features a grand staircase with a 2-story architectural model of the bldg & a high-tech LED exhibit that celebrates lighting ceremonies performed by famous, celebrity guests. Express guests receive red carpet VIP treatment.
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 34th St – Herald Square • 3 min walk
  • 33rd St • 5 min walk
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  • Maria
    19 contributions
    What an experience
    It was easy to get tickets and select time slot online. The lines were not too long (max 15 mins) and there was room enough to have a look and take photos. The whole visit was convenient. Last time visited Empire State Building late in the evening and it was a great experience but perhaps I still liked more this morning slot with clear weather and brilliant view over Manhattan.
    Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your stay in New York. We hope to see you next time you visit. Thank you for the review.
    Written 28 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 February 2023
  • Victoria queen
    San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina9 contributions
    Simply breathtaking
    It was my second time at the Empire Sate. My forth time I New York. But it was muy mum first time for everything in this amazing city. We make the most of every minute. The Empire State experience is a must.
    Happy to hear that your party had a great time with us. Hope to see you soon. Thank you for the review.
    Written 28 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 February 2023
  • wayness05
    1 contribution
    Weather is a factor.
    I made a booking for 10:30am and didn't research well enough to know mornings in Feb can be cloudy more often then not. The thick clouds took away the main reason for ascending the building. That aside all other aspects were great.
    Thank you so much for your review!
    Written 28 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • kellimck775
    2 contributions
    Breath-taking
    There are a few observatory options in NYC but I decided on the most famous one, and it did NOT disappoint! Even on a windy day the 86th floor observation deck was incredible, and the 102nd floor was well worth the extra money. 360° views, absolutely stunning, and the tour itself with all the information about how that phenomenon was built was so well-done.
    We’re so happy to hear that you had a wonderful visit to the Empire State Building. Thank you for the review. Hope to be a part of your next visit to New York.
    Written 28 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • chris-liles
    Easley, South Carolina1 contribution
    Awesome view and experience
    I highly recommend if your going to visit the building you do it at night. The view was amazing, to be able to see the city at night from there is awesome and something i highly recommend everyone do. the employees were very helpful and nice, and made great recommendations.
    Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about our staff. We will be sure to pass your message along.
    Written 3 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Mamatrilogy
    Boston, Massachusetts1 contribution
    Beautiful Views & Vibes
    I took my family here for my daughters 10th birthday celebration. I had kids ages 8-18 and they all enjoyed themselves. Right after we took a ride in the bike-carriage thingies (expensive) but overall nice experience.
    Happy to hear that your party had a great time with us. Hope to see you soon. Thank you for the review.
    Written 8 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 March 2023
  • martaapietruczuk
    1 contribution
    Great experience!
    The view is amazing! And the adventure begins the moment you get inside. I honestly recommend to everybody visiting NYC. And if you want to choose just one deck to go to, I would choose the Empire state Building one :)
    Thank you for your thoughtful review! We are so happy to hear that the views and experience were a memorable one. Thank you for choosing the Empire State Building!
    Written 11 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • ca12342023
    New York City, New York1 contribution
    Amazing people
    The Empire State Building staff were absolutely outstanding. Each person we spoke to was as kind as could be. It was my mother’s first time to the Empire State Building and every one of the staff members made it a beautiful experience for both of us. New Yorkers are outstanding, wonderful people but in here, you really have the best of the best.
    Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about our staff. We will be sure to pass your message along. Hope to see you again.
    Written 11 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • legend187
    Colchester, United Kingdom419 contributions
    Expensive but worthwhile
    We debated whether to go up the Empire State Building, however decided as our first visit to NYC we had to. The building is impressive and the information inside is entertaining and informative. The views are exceptional, and almost worth the entry price alone. That would be the only gripe, the price of entry is extortionate for what you get.
    Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your New York experience. We hope to see you again.
    Written 14 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Amber L
    Greenwich, New York3 contributions
    Highlight of our trip
    It certainly doesn’t count as “out of the box,” but in 100% honesty our visit to the Empire State Building was one of the best parts of our weekend in New York. The views from the top are amazing, so easy to identify the rest of the skyline. We went at sunset, which is extra, but it was beautiful even on a kinda grey day. Learned a lot about how building was constructed as well.
    Thank you for choosing the Empire State building. We are so happy you a had a memorable visit. Hope you’ll come back and see us soon.
    Written 14 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 March 2023
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CuthbertJ
Chicopee, MA5,054 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
The visit would have been good but the app declined my credit card twice so I used a different one. It turns out they charged me three times for one visit. I've been in contact with them but it must not be important. I have to dispute the charges through my credit card company now.
Written 24 February 2024
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We are so sorry to hear about the frustration that occurred during your stay at the Empire State Building. Please email us at roomtoimprove@esbonyc.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Please include your confirmation number, date and time of tour.
Written 24 February 2024
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Dave H
6 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
The whole experience was fantastic, the views were great. We also did Top of the Rock, if you are only going to do one observation tower, then Empire State building is the one to do.
Written 24 February 2024
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Happy to hear that your party had a great time with us. Hope to see you soon. Thank you for the review.
Written 24 February 2024
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RoueSoue
Hiroshima, Japan1 contribution
Feb 2024
I decided to go on short notice, but I'm glad I did! It's so beautiful! And I was happy to hear the fun voices of all the staff!
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you for your thoughtful review! We are so happy to hear that the views and experience were a memorable one. Thank you for choosing the Empire State Building!
Written 24 February 2024
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ramabala2024
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Feb 2024
I loved the building and the visuals they have done. Purchased the red carpet ticket and had to take the long line upstairs that took almost 30 mins to get an elevator. When I saw other red carpet purchasers escorted inside, I asked for help and got none. I shouldn’t have paid the $76 for it. Absolute waste.
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your New York experience. We apologize for not meeting your expectations. We would appreciate it if you can reach out to us at roomtoimprove@esbonyc.com we would like to hear more of your experience. Please include your confirmation number, date and time of tour.
Written 24 February 2024
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vkerrodar
New York City, NY1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
I took my daughter and we went all the way to the 102fl. It was completely worth it. First of all everything was very clean and orderly. The museum was very interesting and interactive. The different observation decks were very nice and the views were spectacular. Overall, we had a great time. It's a great way to spend a few hours.
Written 23 February 2024
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We are so happy you enjoyed the view. Thank you for choosing the Empire State Building!
Written 24 February 2024
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EvoEnchev
San Diego, CA1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Great experience and organization.
Don’t miss it. I was told to switch it for Rocafeller building. I’m glad my daughter insisted to visit the most famous in NY
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the experience with us.
Written 24 February 2024
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Joanne Tweddle
14 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
The favourite of our recent trip to New York. Easy entry with the security check passing smoothly. Pleasant and helpful staff on every floor. If you go make sure you go right to the top. On a sunny, cold day the views were amazing.
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your New York experience. We hope to see you again.
Written 24 February 2024
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lost bear
Grand Est, France34 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Skyscrapper with brilliant views of NYC especially at dusk. One negetive point we like to buy a fridge magnet as a sovereigner - they are very experience from here.
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you so much for your review!
Written 24 February 2024
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davidebK1611EP
Siena, Italy1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
First time in my with family iconic building a must. View and the beauty of an icon. Visited with an 7 year old that loved the history
Written 22 February 2024
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Happy to hear that your party had a great time with us. Hope to see you soon. Thank you for the review.
Written 24 February 2024
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starksphyllis
1 contribution
Feb 2024
The view was wonderful and the staff was polite. It was crowded but everyone cooperated with each other.
Written 22 February 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about our staff. We will be sure to pass your message along.
Written 24 February 2024
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Empire State Building admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost £37.95, while a popular guided tour starts around £4.32 per person.

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