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New York Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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Empire State Building Observatory

Welcome to the most famous skyscraper in the world. Get your tickets in person or in advance to take a high-speed elevator to the top of the Manhattan skyline on the 86th or 102nd floor for an unforgettable panorama of New York City. Come in the morning to see the bustling streets spring to life or experience the bright evening lights of the city until 2am. And don't forget to pick up a souvenir on the 80th floor gift shop.
 

Details

Hours:

8am-2am (last elevator at 1:15am)
 

Prices:

tickets start at $27; $24 for seniors, $21 for children; special packages available
 

Events

  • Annual Empire State
    Building Run-Up
  • Live evening music Thursday
    to Saturday
  • New York Skyride
 
 

Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Historic Architecture
  • Gift Shop
  • Audio Tour
  • Multimedia Exhibits
 
 
Note: Prices and times are subject to change. Please visit the Empire State Building's official website for current pricing and hours.

Buying tickets online

Speed up your visit to the Empire State Building by purchasing tickets in advance on the website. You’ll skip the long ticket lines and have more time to see the majestic skyline. http://www.esbnyc.com/buy_tickets.asp

Historical timeline

Opened in 1931, the Empire State Building has a long and storied history in New York. This feat of Art Deco architecture has been the focus of the skyline for over eighty years. It was originally designed to be a landing platform for blimps and later it became a popular tourist destination with the opening of the observation decks. In 2010, the entire building underwent a renovation to make it more environmentally friendly.

FAQs

  • What movies have featured the Empire State Building?

    Both King Kong films from 1933 and 2005 are the most memorable movies featuring the iconic landmark. The skyscraper has also been seen in Elf, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Sleepless in Seattle with the dramatic ending in the lobby and observatory.
  • What do the colors signify?

    On many days throughout the year, the massive lights on the tower of the Empire State Building turn a different color in honor of a special occasion. For example, the building will be lit in a brilliant red, white, and blue scheme for July 4th or an emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day. Check out the full lighting schedule on the website. http://www.esbnyc.com/current_events_tower_lights.asp

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