Experience the breathtaking view from one of New York City's most iconic buildings when you step foot into the Empire State Building Observation Deck.

Located on the 86th floor of the ESB, the observation deck offers a 360 degree panoramic view of New York City and the beautiful skyline. Look out in each and every direction and see the city that never sleeps from 1,050 feet up in the air. Thanks to the Empire State Building's flexible hours, visitors can choose whether they would like to enjoy the metropolitan scenery during the day or the night time. You will also see the Art Deco lobby which features art displays and exhibits such as the historical Dare To Dream exhibit.

 

Highlights

Observation Deck
The World's most famous observatory deck will give you a one-of-a-kind view of New York City. Since the deck loops around the building, you're able to look out from every direction. There is also a major romantic element provided by the observatory as many people choose to get married there each year. Perhaps it's the view or even the occasional musical entertainment.
From the Empire State Building's prime location in midtown, you'll be able to see Central Park, the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty like never before.

Dare To Dream Exhibit
The full story of the Empire State building is on display in the Dare To Dream Exhibit. From the moments of planning the building's construction to the iconic legacy attached to the ESB, all is chronicled in the wall-to-wall tribute on the 80th floor. You'll find notes from the construction team that built the Empire State Building as well as photographs and sketches within the exhibit.

Sustainability Exhibit
The Empire State Building's 2nd floor displays the Sustainability Exhibit which focuses on their efforts to cut energy costs. With beautifully assembled displays, the museum shows their detailed plan to reduce their total carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons within a 15 year span.

Did You Know

  • Over 3.5 million people from around the world visit the Empire State Building each year.

  • On Thursdays, there is a saxophonist who plays inside of the observatory, filling the room with sweet melodies. You can find the saxophonist from 9pm to 12am from Labor Day to Memorial Day and from 10pm to 1am from Memorial Day until Labor Day. 

  • The Empire State Building was modeled after the Reynold's Building in North Carolina and the Carew Tower in Cincinnati.

  • Construction of the Empire State Building only took 20 months (one year and 45 days to be exact) to complete.

  • Commercial TV and Radio stations broadcast from the top of the Empire State Building.

  • The Empire State Building landed a Number 1 spot on the American Institute of Architects' list of America's Favorite Architecture.

How To Get There

  • B,D,F,N,Q,R,V, W to 34th Street Herald Square station.

  • 6 to 33rd Street station.

Make The Most Of Your New York Pass

- Access to the Empire State Building's 86th floor Observation deck is normally $34.

- The New York Pass grants you free access to the observation deck plus over 90 attractions in New York City.






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Monday 08:00am - 02:00 am
Tuesday 08:00am - 02:00 am
Wednesday 08:00am - 02:00 am
Thursday 08:00am - 02:00 am
Friday 08:00am - 02:00 am
Saturday 08:00am - 02:00 am
Sunday 08:00am - 02:00 am

Closed:

In order to facilitate tower work, the Observatory will be closing at midnight on the following dates with the last elevator up at 11:15pm:

Sunday 18-Sep - Friday 23-Sep
Sunday 25-Sep - Friday 30-Sep
Sunday 2-Oct

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Address:

350 Fifth Avenue (between 33rd/34th Streets), New York, NY 10118

Telephone:

(212) 736-3100