Visit NYC’s Empire State Building


The Empire State Building welcomes visitors daily, providing both daytime and evening opportunities to soak in the breathtaking views of New York City.

Daily tours 10:00am to 9:00pm


The Empire State Building accommodates a range of visit durations. Expect to spend at least an hour.


The Empire State Building is ADA compliant and has ramps and lower viewing walls on the 86th floor to allow those in wheelchairs to enjoy the incredible view!


The Empire State Building is suitable for visitors of all ages.

Empire State Building: A Towering Icon of Architectural Grandeur

Rise Above the Skyline, Marvel at Unparalleled Views, and Experience the Timeless Majesty of the Empire State Building.


20, West 34th Street, New York, New York, 10118

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Getting There

Observatory visitors should enter through our visitors' center at 20 W. 34th St. Other entrances on Fifth Avenue, 34th and 33rd Streets are reserved for tenants and their visitors.

If you are going to use the subway:

From 123 or ACE lines, exit the train at 34nd Street – Penn Station.
From Penn Station, it’s a five-minute walk to the building entrance.

Subway NQRW
Subway BDFM
From the NQRW or BDFM lines, exit the train at 34th Street – Herald Square Station.
From Herald Square, it’s a five-minute walk to the building entrance.

Subway 456
Subway 7
From the 456 or 7 lines, exit the train at Grand Central Terminal.
From Grand Central, it’s a 10-minute walk to the building entrance.


20, West 34th Street, New York, New York, 10118

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About the Empire State Building

Nestled in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building stands as a magnificent testament to architectural prowess and human achievement. This 102-story Art Deco skyscraper, with its elegant design, has been a defining feature of the New York City skyline since its inception. The groundbreaking for this iconic structure commenced on March 17, 1930, and a mere 13 months later, on April 11, 1931, the construction was completed.


The very name “Empire State Building” draws its inspiration from the state it proudly represents, New York, often referred to as the “Empire State.” Soaring into the heavens, the Empire State Building reaches an impressive height of 1,250 feet (381.0 m), and with its antenna, it stands tall at a total height of 1,454 feet (443.2 m).


For over four decades, from its completion in 1931 until the inauguration of the World Trade Center’s first tower, the Empire State Building held the distinguished title of being the tallest structure in the world. Although it relinquished this title over time, it remains the ninth-tallest finished skyscraper in the United States, the seventh-tallest building in New York City, and a striking 54th-tallest structure globally as of 2022.


Beyond its impressive stature, the Empire State Building is not merely an office building; it serves as a symbol of resilience, human ingenuity, and the enduring spirit of New York City. Designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark and proudly listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this architectural marvel has stood the test of time.


One of its most celebrated features is the observation decks that grace its upper floors, providing visitors with unparalleled panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis below. These decks offer a breathtaking glimpse of the city that never sleeps, capturing its dynamic energy and ever-changing skyline.


As a living testament to the evolving narrative of New York City, the Empire State Building continues to captivate the world with its timeless elegance and historical significance. It remains an enduring symbol of human achievement, a beacon of inspiration, and an iconic representation of the indomitable spirit of the city it calls home.



More Reasons To Visit the Empire State Building

  • Architectural Marvel: The Empire State Building, an epitome of Art Deco elegance, stands tall as a timeless architectural marvel, captivating visitors with its iconic silhouette and historic significance.
  • Panoramic Skyline Views: Ascend to the observation deck for breathtaking, unobstructed views of the New York City skyline, offering a visual feast that includes landmarks like Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Historical Significance: Immerse yourself in the history of the Empire State Building, from its construction during the Great Depression to its role in cinematic history, as it continues to symbolize the resilience and ambition of New York City.
  • Day and Night Experience: The Empire State Building beckons both day and night, with the opportunity to witness the city’s lights glittering below during the evening, providing a magical and ever-changing panorama.
  • Sky-High Observatory Thrills Await
  • Iconic Landmark with Rich Legacy
  • Art Deco Majesty in Manhattan
  • Express Elevators to Awe-Inspiring Heights
  • Photography Paradise: Skyline Selfies Galore
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Empire State Building is captivating both during the day and at night. For breathtaking city lights, consider visiting during the evening hours.

Yes, guided tours are available, providing in-depth insights into the building’s history, architecture, and notable moments in its storied past.

Absolutely! Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended for a seamless experience, allowing you to skip the lines and make the most of your visit to this iconic skyscraper.

  • Restrooms are on the 86th floor only
  • Strollers are permitted, but must be folded on the observation deck.
  • No firearms or weapons (actual or potential) of any type
  • No glass bottles, cans or flasks
  • No professtional photo equipment, no tri-pods
  • Suitcases or other parcels are prohibited
  • No outside food or eating permitted