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Empire State Building

(212) 736-3100 Buy Tickets
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10118
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The legendary building soaring more than 100 stories over Manhattan's skyline made famous by the movie King Kong, the Empire State Building was for 40 years the world's tallest building. Its gorgeous Art Deco details and beautiful marble lobby make it the perfect stop for visitors, for the building captures the very essence of New York: huge, full of people, and breathtaking. Now in its 75th year, it remaining as spectacular and enchanting as ever.

Ride up the elevator to the 86th floor observatory, maybe stop a moment to pick up a souvenir, then go outside for incredible panoramic views of the New York area. Marvel at the glittering roof of the nearby Chrysler Building or the neat, rectangular shaped of Central Park. Stare out at the famous bridges that span the East River. At, 1,050 feet (320 meters), reached by high speed, automatic elevators, it has both a glass-enclosed area, which is heated in winter and cooled in summer, and spacious outdoor promenades on all four sides of the Building. Maybe it's not as dramatic as it might be if there were no enclosure-there is no wind howling around you here, and you don't hear the sounds of the city more than 1,000 feet below you-but you'll find it a pleasant space, particularly when it is chilly or raining outside.

High powered binoculars are available on the promenades for the convenience of visitors at a minimal cost. A snack bar and souvenir counters are also located in the 86th floor observatory. The 86th floor observatory is handicap accessible.

For a romantic evening, why not go up at night? The last elevator runs at 11:15 pm.

The New York SKYRIDE is a super large flight simulator. It takes you and 50 other guests on an incredible flight around New York with James Doohan (Star Trek's "Scotty") as your spaceship's captain. NYC.com also offers a combination ticket that you can purchase right now and skip the lines!

Fun Fact
On most nights of the year, you will see the Empire State Building's tower illuminated by colored lights (the exception is spring and fall bird migration seasons as the birds are attracted to the lights). This is because the Empire State Building has developed an annual lighting schedule which honors National Holidays, seasons, the myriad ethnic groups living in the New York City area and many worthy causes.

The following is a list of the Empire State Building's annual lighting schedule, with the related events. Learn them and impress your friends!

St. Patrick's Day
March of Dimes
Rainforest Awareness
Earth Day

Red, White & Blue:
Presidents' Day
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans' Day

St. Valentine's Day
Fire Department Memorial Day
Big Apple Circus

Red & Blue:
Equal Parents Day/Children's Rights

Yellow & White:
Spring/Easter Week

Blue, White & Blue:
Israel Independence Day
First Night of Chanukah

Police Memorial Day
Child Abuse Prevention

Purple & White:
Alzheimer's Awareness

Red, Yellow & Green:
Portugal Day

Lavender & White:
Stonewall Anniversary/Gay Pride

Purple, Teal, White:
National Osteoporosis Society

Red & White:
Pulaski Day
Red Cross

Red, White & Green:
Columbus Day

Blue & White:
Greek Independence Day
United Nations Day

Red & Yellow:

Black, Yellow & Red:
German Reunification Day

Pink & White:
"Race for the Cure"/Breast Cancer Awareness

Green, White & Orange:
India Independence Day

Green & White:
Pakistan Independence Day

Red & Green:
Holiday Season

Dark/No Lights:
"Day without Art/Night without Lights" AIDS Awareness
Admission And Tickets
$27 - Adults
$22 - Seniors (age 62+)
$21 - Children (ages 6 - 12)

Admission & Audio Tour
$37 - Adults
$32 - Seniors (age 62+)
$31 - Children (ages 6 - 12)

Skip The Line Admission
$48 - All Ages

Skip The Line Admission & Audio Tour
$57 - All Ages
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Telephone: (212) 736-3100
Address: 350 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10118
Cross Streets 34th Street
  • to 34th Street/6th Avenue
  • to 33 Street
Web Site: www.esbnyc.com
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Hours And Additional Info
Daily: 8:00am-2:00am
Last Elevator up: 1:15am
Open 365 days a year rain or shine

Main Entrance - Fifth Avenue between 33rd & 34th Streets. All Visitors must use this entrance. During busy times there may be a wait so please be patient!

Handicap Entrance - 34th St., the entrance between Bank of America and Hallmark Cards. Note: The 34th Street Handicap Entrance is only open Monday - Friday until 6pm. Please use the Main Entrance for all other times.

ESB Audio Tour: $6.00
The audio tour is tied in with corresponding signage, so that visitors will know exactly what they are seeing from every vantage point on the observation deck.
Tickets purchased online include a $2.00 surcharge per ticket.

Note: There is no coat or baggage check and only carry-on size and style bags are allowed on the observatory.