Empire State Building Observatory 86th Floor

The Empire State Building is more than a spectacular view. It's an immersive experience inside a world famous landmark.

From early morning to sunset and the bright lights of NYC at night, the 86th floor of New York's most iconic skyscraper gives you exhilarating 360-degree views of the city and beyond. Enjoy the views of The Hudson River, and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty and much more, take advantage of the high-powered binoculars to get a closer look. On a clear day you can see up to six states.
The special experience starts in the new 34th Street Visitors Center, a spacious venue designed for visitors to clear security and gain ticket entry. (E-tickets to be presented)

The stairway takes you past the large model of world’s most famous building to the exciting New 2nd Floor Exhibits featuring new immersive and interactive exhibits that allow you to be transported back in time to see the site in the 1920s and see the construction crews as they work and take their lunch break high above the city below. You can walk into an office from the 1930s where King Kong’s fingers pierce the walls as he dangles from the building, perhaps even dare to sit in his hand. Take your time and look at the 70 screens displaying highlights of ESB's starring role in pop culture from every decade since the 1930s.

From 2nd Floor the express lift takes you smoothly to the top, way above 5th Avenue, in just 45 seconds, enjoy the spectacular and unforgettable views.


Empire State Building Observatory

20 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10018, USA


  • Nov 7 - Nov 23 Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Nov 7 - Nov 23 Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00am
  • Nov 24 - Nov 27 Thanksgiving Weekend: 9:00am - 12:00am
  • Nov 28 - Dec 16 Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Nov 28 - Dec 16 Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00am
  • Dec 17 - Dec 23: 9:00am - 12:00am
  • Dec 24 - Dec 30: 8:00am - 2:00am
  • Dec 31: 8:00am - 11:00pm
  • The last elevators are 45 minutes before closing time. AM - 11:00pm

    The Empire State Building has a timed entry system, which requires all visitors to have a pre-reserved entry time. You must bring the timed reservation ticket you will receive after you make your reservation. The Empire State Building personnel will NOT be able to admit you without the timed reservation tickets.

    $10 per person surcharge applies for sunset visit times.

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