The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building can be seen from New York City Skyline
Location
Fifth Avenue and 34th Street
Phone

(212) 736-3100

Admission

Adults (18-61): $17.61
Youth (12-17): $15.76
Children (6-11): $12.07
Seniors (62+): $15.76
Toddlers (5 & younger): Free
Military in Uniform: FREE

Tax not included.
Please note that the 102nd Floor Observatory is an additional $15.

Hours

Daily 8am - 2am

Empire State Building Observation Deck Hours
Daily 8am - 2am
Last elevators go to the top at 11:15pm

Subway

6 to 33rd St.; B, D, F, N, Q or R to 34th St.

Additional Information

The 102nd floor observatory is closed when crowds are too large. This is quite common.

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building stands as New York City’s most famous fixture

The Empire State Building stands as New York City’s most famous fixture

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic landmarks in a city full of them. The tallest building in New York City has appeared in over 90 movies, and is the key piece of the NYC Skyline. The Empire State Building is also the key piece of any New York City vacation, so visitors should look to book a hotel nearby

The Tallest Building In New York

A feat of true American accomplishment, the Empire State Building in New York City stands 1454 feet tall and is currently the 9th tallest building in the world and the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.. This NY monument has 102 stories, and was the first building to every have more than 100 stories. The Empire State Building NYC was also named the 7th wonder of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The 7th world wonder has attracted 120 million people to its New York observatories. That is nearly 3.6 million visitors a year! A cultural landmark as well as a New York landmark, the Empire State Building has been in more than 90 films, including North by Northwest, Annie Hall, and of course, King Kong.

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Empire State Building History

The Empire State Building construction was completed in 1931, in the middle of the Great Depression in New York City. At the time, the Empire State Building held the mantle as the tallest building in the world, beating out the other skyscraper being built at the same time in New York City: the Chrysler Building. The project involved 3,400 workers, made up of mostly European immigrants, and hundreds of Mohawk iron workers. The first use of the lights at the top of the Empire State Building were to signal to New Yorkers that President Franklin Roosevelt had won the 1932 Presidential election.

Empire State Building Facts and History for Kids

For more Empire State Building facts, visit our Empire State Building History and Facts page, where you'll find fun Empire State Building trivia, cool Empire State Building pictures, and more! You and your kids will love learning about the history of the Empire State Building in this easy-to-read guide!

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Tips for Visiting the Empire State Building

The Cathedral of the Skies, as it has been called, identifies New York City more than any other feature in this landmark filled city.

"The Cathedral of the Skies," as it has been called, identifies New York City more than any other feature in this landmark filled city.

Because of it’s immense size, large population, and constant influx of tourists, it’s always a good idea to plan any trip to New York City ahead of time. In order to take in what NYC has to offer, it’s helpful to have some travel tips for your trip activities, and the same is true for the empire state building. Here are some helpful tips for planning a trip to the Empire State Building:

  • Buy Tickets Ahead of Time: Millions of people every year flock to New York’s tallest monument, so there will most certainly be a line. You can purchase tickets ahead of time online, and then skip the ticket line when you arrive. You will still have to wait in the security line and for the elevator, but a ticket purchase ahead of time makes getting to the top of this NYC monument that much easier.
  • Head to the Top: When visiting the Empire State Building, people were only allowed to go to the 86th floor until recently. Now the 102nd floor observatory is open for use, and any Empire State Building visitor can get a breathtaking view of New York City. Be sure and make it to the 102 floor to get the full experience.
  • Don’t Discount the Night: The Empire State Building is a great way to spend a day, but the observatory is open until 2am so that New Yorkers and NYC visitors can see the spectacular NY lights. Spending the evening atop the Empire State building is a great idea for a fun and original New York City date.

Hotels Near the Empire State Building

If you intend to visit the Empire State Building during your visit to New York City, you’ll most certainly want to get an affordable hotel room in Manhattan nearby. There are plenty of great hotel promos in New York, especially near the Empire State Building, but here are some of the best NY hotels with deals:

The view from the Empire State Building

The view from the Empire State Building

  • Hotel Metro New York: The Hotel Metro in New York is so close to the Empire State Building that it’s actually in the shadow of monument itself. With all of the highest quality amenities and the perfect location, the Hotel Metro is ideal for any Big Apple visitor. NYC tourists will get a great value at a great price at this top NYC hotel.
  • Radisson Martinique: The newest Radisson hotel in New York City, the Radisson Martinique is conveniently located not only near the Empire State building, but Madison Square Garden and Macy’s as well. The 19 story building is perfect for all visitors to New York City.
  • Vincci Avalon Hotel: This European boutique-style hotel is a favorite in Manhattan. Minutes from the Empire State Building, the Vincci Avalon Hotel is also near Herald Square shopping and the heart of Manhattan’s business district.