Empire State Building | New York Things to Do

Enjoying the spectacular view from the Empire State Building is one of the most popular New York things to do for visitors to the city.

Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118
Phone: 212-736-3100
Hours: Daily - 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Admission:  Observation and Top Deck – check official Website for pricing & latest information 

About Empire State Building:
More than 3.5 million people enjoy this New York Activity each year. The Empire State Building is an iconic, 102-story, Art Deco skyscraper located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.  The Empire State Building was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and began construction in March 1930 and was completed in 1931.  It stands a total of 1,454 feet tall, including the antenna which was added years after the building was completed. 

Visiting the observatories on the 86th floor and 102nd floor of the Empire State Building is one of the most popular things to do in New York.  

Tickets for the various Tour Programs are available on the official Website here. 

You can also purchase tickets at the self-service ticketing kiosks available in nine languages in the lobby of the building. For more information on prices, seasonal or special packages, and hours of operation see the Website.

In addition to the Observation Decks on the 86th and 102nd floor, you can use our new entrance on 34th street to see the impressive 2-story building model and the historical ‘Dare to Dream’ exhibit. 

Fireworks over the Empire State Building
Since 1976 the Empire State Building’s Tower lights have changed colors to recognize important occasions and designated partners and organizations throughout the year.

The Empire State Building is a Movie Star:
The building has been featured in many memorable movies throughout the years, including, various versions of the King Kong series of movies, Sleepless in Seattle, Love Affair, An Affair to Remember and many more.  

The Empire State Building was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and is also recognized as a National Historic Landmark. 

Before you get on the elevator that will take you to the 86th floor observatory, you will stop at the 80th floor. The Dare to Dream exhibition is located on this floor, and visitors here will learn about what it took to create this engineering marvel. From start to finish – every step is documented.  

When you move on to the 86th floor, you will enjoy lovely views, but for the very best views you will want to head to the top deck. If you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day, then you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of more than 80 miles away. The 360-degree tower offers many vantage points, making it easy to see why enjoying the view from the Empire State Building is such a popular New York Thing to do. 

Beat the crowds – arrive between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Express Passes are available to skip the lines. Kids under 6 years of age are free.  Plan your breaks. Make sure to use our restrooms on the second floor before getting in line for the elevators.

Some visitors choose to take an early morning tour of the Empire State Building. There is nothing like looking out and seeing the morning sun light up the city skyline.  An audio tour is also available. This tour offers interesting details about the building that will enhance your visit.  

Empire Tower Lights:
Since 1976 the Empire State Building’s Tower lights have changed colors to recognize important occasions and designated partners and organizations throughout the year, red, white and blue lights are visible on the 4th of July, red and green lights during Christmas, rainbow colors for Gay Pride Week, and many more.   
Whether you come in the morning or late at night (this NYC Activity is available until 2 a.m.), you’ll enjoy amazing views and be able to check an iconic New York thing to off your list.

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Observation Deck of Empire State Building