Empire State Building

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet and stands a total of 1,454 feet tall, including its antenna. Manhattan would not be Manhattan without its beloved Empire State Building standing tall above the city. We guarantee you'll fall in love with New York the moment you look up and first see it.
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The Best Views of the Empire State Building

Manhattan would not be Manhattan without its beloved Empire State Building standing tall above the city. We guarantee you’ll fall in love with New York the moment you look up and first see it. Here are the very best vantage points.

Top of the Rock
Should you go to Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) or Empire State Building to get the view? At the Top of the Rock, you get to see the Empire State Building as part of the view. Simply the best.

From the Streets of the Flatiron District
Head to the Flatiron Building and stroll through Madison Square Park. Stand in the pedestrian island on 5th Avenue at 22nd Street, and you’ll have your picture-perfect photo.

From a Cruise around Manhattan
Book a cruise around Manhattan, and you’ll get a panoramic view, seeing just how beautifully the Empire State Building stands out among its surrounding skyline.

East River State Park, Kent Street, Williamsburg
In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the beautiful East River State Park provides some of the best skyline views of Manhattan. Bonus: the park holds food and flea markets on the weekends.

Insider tips

How to Get There / Hours

The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Ave, between 33rd and 34th Street. It opens at 8am and the last elevator to the top leaves at 1:15 AM; the building closes at 2:00 AM. The nearest subway is the 6 train to 33rd Street; B/D/F, Q, or 1/2/3 to 34th Street.

The Best Time to Visit the Empire State Building

The views will be astounding day or night. If you go at night, you get the romantic city lights all around you. But by day, you get to see the geography and outline of the city below. It’s up to you!

Skipping the Line

The Empire State Building is known for its lines. Ticket lines, security lines, and then the line for the elevator up to the 86th Floor observatory. The best way to skip the ticket line is to buy one online in advance. You can even buy an express pass and fast track your way up on the elevator. Keep in mind you will need to go through security. No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Rain or shine, everyday, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM. Last elevator ride at 1:15 AM.

How to get there

The nearest subway station is 33rd Street – keep walking until you get to 5th Avenue.

Is it expensive?

Between $30-40.

Will I need a guide?

No

What people are saying about Empire State Building

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazing experience & superb VIP treatment
VIP is definitely recommended. Warm welcome by all the staff. No queues, straight to the top. Beautiful building & an amazing view of New York. I loved the whole experience.

Empire State Building: Skip the Ticket Line reviewed by Liz

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jumped ahead of the queues to see spectacular views
I visited at 8.30 pm at night when long queues were formed. The tickets allowed us to enter the building directly. There is still a lengthy process of accessing the elevators and going through security however the process was fairly smooth. There are also opportunities to take stairs rather than the elevators between the top observation floors which saves time queuing The views from both observation decks are spectacular particularly at night.

Empire State Building: Skip the Ticket Line reviewed by Cath

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Expensive, but on a fine and crowded day, probably worth it.
The “skip the queues booking” is quite expensive but probably worth it on a busy day. Unfortunately, the day we went (the only option for us) was very wet, windy and cloudy so there were no queues and the views were somewhat limited. Luck of the draw!

NYC: Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets reviewed by Trevor

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Interesting and fun; now we know where to spend more time on next trip
Jared was friendly, knowledgeable and very committed to ensuring we got the best tour possible. While relaxed and took in all the sights with wonder, he took responsibility for setting expectations and keeping us on schedule.

New York City: Top 15 “Must-See” Attractions Guided Tour reviewed by Jessica

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