Empire State Building

See Manhattan in all its glory with a self-guided tour of the Empire State Building's 86th-floor observatory.

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Empire State Building
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What you'll do

Please note: reservations are required for this attraction - book your spot through the Go City reservation portal.

Visit the Empire State Building with Go City®

  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • Take a self-guided tour to the Empire State Building 86th-floor observatory with 360-degree unobstructed views of NYC.
  • Explore the Empire State Building's interactive museum.

You’ll head up to the 86th floor, 1,050 feet above the ground, to get a 360-degree view of the city that never sleeps. Whether you're visiting day or night, this is a must-do for visitors to NYC. The outdoor deck's newly installed heaters will keep you toasty all year round, so you can enjoy views of the iconic NYC skyline whatever the weather.  

Located in the heart of Midtown and built during The Great Depression, the Empire State Building serves as a symbol of hope, perseverance, and prosperity, and it's one of the most well-known landmarks in the world.

You’ll start your self-guided Empire State Building tour in the newly-restored Art Deco lobby which boasts 24-karat gold and aluminum leaf ceiling murals. You can then immerse yourself in the Empire State's interactive museum on your way to the observatory. 12 galleries will take you through the history of the iconic building and you can even snap a selfie with King Kong. You can also visit the revamped 80th floor, which features exciting, artistic exhibits.

Once you’ve learned all about the Empire State Building's unique history, make your way up to the observation deck for that amazing view. Don’t forget to download the official Empire State Building self-guided multimedia tour to get the details of what you’re seeing from every vantage point.

Experience the Magic of the Empire State Building

Elevate your New York City adventure with Empire State Building tickets. Witness breathtaking views from the heart of Manhattan, and let the city's iconic skyline leave you in awe. Book your Empire State Building tour today and enjoy an unforgettable experience. The tour grants you access to the world-famous 86th-floor observatory, where you'll be mesmerized by the 360-degree panoramic views.

Empire State Building facts

  • It's the most Instagrammed U.S. landmark according to a study conducted by Sony Mobile. 
  • Couples can sometimes see sparks when they kiss due to the static electricity at the top of the building.
  • You can see up to 80 miles on a clear day, taking in five states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
  • The Empire State Building has starred in many iconic films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Elf, and An Affair to Remember.

Empire State Building FAQs

Q. What is the height of the Empire State Building?
A. The Empire State Building stands at 1,454 feet (443.2 meters) tall, including its antenna.

Q. When was the Empire State Building completed?
A. The Empire State Building was completed on April 11, 1931.

Q. How many floors does the Empire State Building have?
A. The Empire State Building has a total of 102 floors above ground.

Q. Is there an observation deck at the Empire State Building?
A. Yes, the Empire State Building features two observation decks, located on the 86th and 102nd floors.

Q. How long did it take to construct the Empire State Building?
A. It took just 410 days, or about 14 months, to construct the Empire State Building.

Q. What is the Empire State Building primarily used for?
A. The Empire State Building is mainly used as an office building and also houses the famous observation decks, a visitor center, and broadcast facilities.

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Know before you go

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Booking required

This attraction requires advanced booking.

Getting in: on arrival, please present your reservation confirmation, then proceed inside for entry. Scan your pass at the turnstile after security. That's it, you're in! Enjoy the view. 

Please note: passes cannot be used to book sunset time slots. For the best experience we recommend visiting 2 hours after opening time.


Tips for visiting the Empire State Building

  • The Empire State Building has free WiFi throughout, so you can share your experience as you explore.
  • When it comes to dining, drinks, and snacks, there are several options. Take your pick from the STATE Grill and Bar, Tacombi and Starbucks Reserve.
  • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. There are handicapped restrooms on the 86th Floor Observatory along with ramps, lowered viewing walls, and binoculars. Motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted.

For more information visit the Empire State Building's website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Hours of operation vary by day. The last entrance is always 45 minutes prior to closing.

Please visit this page of the Empire State Building's website to view the current operating schedule.


Closings & holidays

Open 365 days a year.

Empire State Building

(212) 736-3100

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