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Empire State Building Information

Empire State Building Info

Ticket Info:
Adults - $32.00; Kids - $26.00

Hours:
Daily 8am- 2am

When to Go:
The Empire State Building is least busy at 8am daily, but is most popular at night.

Age Restriction:
All Ages

Nearest Transit:
34th St-6th Ave (B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W); 33rd St-Park Ave (6)

Important Information

  • The Empire State Building NYC Tours are open 365 days a year.

Empire State Building Quick Facts

  • Adult Tickets to the Empire State Building NYC Tour start at $32.00.
  • Visitors to the NY Tour of Empire State Building can buy a combo ticket. 
  • The Empire State Building was built in 1931, and is the tallest building in New York.

Address:
350 5th Ave
New York, US



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Jason Bushey

Joined: November 2010

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Date of stay: 08/12

Empire State Building - King Kong Ain't Got Nothin' On It

There's not much to be said about the Empire State Building that hasn't been said already, so I'll stick to the basic touring aspect of the ESB rather than the building itself. (Which is undoubtedly magnificent.)

There are good times to see the Empire State Building, and there are bad. I've had the fortune of standing atop New York's tallest building on crystal clear fall night, which was unforgettable. Then I had the misfortune of visiting the 86th floor of the ESB on a foggy morning. Obviously, pick and choose your visit to this iconic NYC attraction wisely because the weather can make all the difference.

Step-by-step, getting to the top of the Empire State Building is a bit of a proces.s However, considering the high demand by tourists worldwide to see one of America's signature buildings, the whole thing moves pretty swiftly. You'll have to walk through security to get in the door (And no, this isn't a plane so you don't have to take your shoes off - not that I did that.), and after that plan on waiting in line at least 15 minutes so that you can take your picture in front of a jumbo-sized ESB picture. (Embarrassing for everyone, but especially for tourists like me that were traveling solo.) From there, you'll endure just a bit more waiting before being herded on to one of several small-ish elevators taking you to the 80th floor. The elevators, while tiny, are a nice reminder to us NYC visitors that the ESB was actually built to serve a purpose, and quite a while ago at that.

There's a stop at the gift shop on the 80th floor before you're finally shipped to the observation deck which, if you haven't been up here, is nothing short of surreal. We've all grown up hearing that the Empire State Building is the king of American architecture, and once you're up here it's pretty impossible not to agree. Even when the weather doesn't cooperate, it's hard not to be crippled by just how high up you really are. (I don't have a fear of heights, but staring up at the antenna attached to the top of the building game me a temporary case of vertigo, and the kids next to me started pleading uncomfortably with their parents to get back to ground level.)

The observation deck itself is more narrow than you might expect, and with so many tourists up here daily you're likely to experience some pretty tight quarters. However, if you can sneak your way to the edge (guarded by tall, metal gates to ease any worries you might have had about falling off), the views are plentiful and make you really appreciate the architecture of America's finest city. 

For the record, I had the pleasure of visiting the Top of the Rock for the first time and, I have to admit, I preferred the views of Central Park to anything I saw on top of the ESB. That being said, Rockefeller is NOT the ESB; nothing is. The views are just part of the experience of reaching the summit of America's most famous building - it's an American (and probably global) bucket list item that MUST be checked off at some point in your life, if only to say you did. I've been lucky to go twice, and each time I saw (and experienced) something completely different.

If you're visiting NYC for the first time and you don't plan on visiting the Empire State Building, then allow me to tell you that you're doing it all wrong! (And, let's face it, do you really need ME to tell you to visit the most famous building in America? Didn't think so.)

Gina Hornung

Joined: November 2010

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Overall:
3.65
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Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

NYC Must See

As the tallest building in NYC, as a visitor to this big city, it’s one of those iconic markers that are really helpful when you aren't quite sure where you are or what direction you’re going.  To first-time and even multiple-time visitors, I suggest looking on a map and familiarizing yourself with the location of the Empire State Building, so whether you can see it clear in the day, or spot the pretty lights up top at night, you’ll have a familiar indicator of where you are.

Visiting the Empire State Building is something everyone should do once. The observation deck, as you can imagine gives an amazing and unique view of the entire City, and the ESB offers something that no other observation deck can – the 103 story outdoor viewing terrace – the highest view point in NYC.  It’s an almost $20 more, on top of the normal ticket price, so the very top is kind of like the VIP area of the ESB.  

There are a lot of history facts available to learn during your Empire State Building visit, and there are a few pit stops you can make to observe different levels of the City.  

One of the coolest things to me was learning about how the building has gone green, and after being re-touched, the historic Empire State Building is now up-to-date as far as being energy efficient and sustainable.  

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Features: Perhaps the most famous building in the world, the Empire State Building gives NYC tourists a chance to see all of NYC from the highest point in the city. Enjoy an amazing skyline view from the popular observatory deck of the Empire State Building, and learn a little history about this Art Deco behemoth in NYC with their informative Empire State Building NYC Tour. 

Why We Go: The Empire State Building NYC Tour is something every NYC tourist needs to experience. The view from the top is truly stunning, and at just $20 per person, the Empire State Building NYC tours is a cheap NY attraction the whole family will love.

  • Romantic Views: Perfect for couples looking for a romantic attraction in NYC, Empire State Building tours features some of the most romantic views in New York. Although be prepared for a bit of wind at the top of this iconic NY building. 
  • Famous Landmark: Built in 1931, the Empire State Building has been featured in several films over the decades, including King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle, and, of course, Independence Day.

Inside Knowledge: Don't feel like waiting in line at the NY Tour of the Empire State Building? You can buy an express pass and head straight to the front from an official Empire State Building employee at the onsite ticket office. However, most weeknights at the Empire State Building are quiet and the lines are minimal - we recommend saving your cash and enjoying the experience.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Go to the 102nd Floor: Most NYC tourists travel to the 86th-floor observatory deck at the Empire State Building. However, for an extra $15, visitors of the Empire  State Building can go to the 102nd-floor of the ESB, which is the highest point in all of NYC. 
  • Do Bring Quarters: When you bring up a few quarters to the observation deck, you'll have access to their coin-operated binoculars and be able to see for miles.
  • Don't Miss the Audio Tour: For an informative Empire State Building NYC tour, try the audio tour featured at the ESB. Listen along as NYC native "Tony" gives you inside information while explaining the history of the Empire State Building.
  • Don't Throw Pennies: Yeah, we've heard it's a myth that a penny thrown from the top of the Empire State Building could kill someone down below - but that doesn't mean you should try!