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Empire State Building at New York

Empire State Building

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Empire state building: A New York City Icon

Soaring to over 1,400 feet above the city of Manhattan, this landmark office building was the world's tallest until 1970 and is one of New York's most visited attractions. Completed in 1931, the Empire State and offers visitors a wide range of activities, including the popular 86th - floor and 102nd-floor observation decks offering 360 - degree views of the city. From King Kong to Percy Jackson, the landmark has enjoyed the spotlight in many movies, television shows and books and continues to captivate 80 years after it was built.


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Entry to the building is free. Tickets for the observation deck are $23-$67 per person, depending on age and ticket choice.

hours -

Open daily from 8am-2am, including holidays.


  • Tower Lighting
  • Eat, Celebrate, Support
  • Great Performers Circle


  • Observation decks
  • Skyride
  • Dare to Dream exhibit
  • Sustainability exhibit
  • Shopping
  • Dining


  • Can You Buy Tickets In Advance?

    Yes, tickets are available online and advanced purchases are highly recommended, especially during the summer. Visitors who purchase tickets in advance can avoid long ticket lines and head straight to the Observation Deck elevators. 
  • What Is The Best Time To Visit The Empire State Building?

    The Empire State Building is least crowded at around 8am and 3pm, but peak visiting times vary by season and weather can also be a condition. Visitors can call 877-692-8439 in advance for more information about wait times and visibility.

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