We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
Phone Number: +1 212-736-3100
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views...

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views of New York City and beyond from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily. Our 86th and 102nd floor Observation Decks offer the two highest vantage points in New York City. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Office Building. Named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, the Empire State Building is one of New York City's top tourist destinations. On a clear day, you can see up to five states from our Observation Decks - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Guests can enjoy our outdoor viewing area on our open-air 86th floor Observatory, or our indoor climate-controlled viewing areas on the 86th and 102nd floors. We recently launched our new Multimedia Experience as well, which guides visitors through the extraordinary exhibits and breathtaking views with additional depth on the building's history in eight languages - including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean. The Empire State Building aims to provide entertainment for guests of all ages. Bringing children? Have their picture taken with King Kong himself on our 80th floor from Thursdays through Mondays (12 p.m. until 9 p.m.). Celebrating a first date or an anniversary? Enjoy romantic tunes from our saxophone player from 9 p.m. until midnight every Thursday through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased through our website. Our celebrated tower lights are often illuminated to commemorate holidays, events and special causes. In the Fall of 2012, we upgraded our tower lighting system from floodlights to one-of-a-kind LED tower lights. The state-of-the-art system allows customized lighting capabilities from a palette of over 16 million colors! To watch some of our recent light shows, visit our YouTube page. Reigning as the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1970, the Empire State Building is known for its distinct Art Deco style. Construction of the renowned icon only took one year and 45 days, and logged more than 7 million man hours. This is the fastest construction to date for a project of its scale. Additionally, from classics like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle to recent hits such as Oblivion and Elf, our place in pop culture has been solidified since our early days. In fact, over 200 movies and TV shows have featured the Empire State Building in them!

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$34.00*
and up
Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
More Info
US$149.00*
and up
Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass...
More Info
US$99.00*
and up
NYC It All: 4-in-1 Sightseeing Pass

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 49,269 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 18559
    Excellent
  • 8189
    Very good
  • 3022
    Average
  • 1086
    Poor
  • 764
    Terrible
empire state building

fantastic experience, amazing 360 view but go early and expect to queue! disappointed that paying online before didn't fast track me

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Karen J
,
Spalding, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

49,269 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 31,620: English reviews
Spalding, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

fantastic experience, amazing 360 view but go early and expect to queue! disappointed that paying online before didn't fast track me

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank Karen J
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Empire State Building is a must do when you go to NYC. It's just like every picture you ever see of NYC. Amazing. It's a tick off the bucket list for me.

Helpful?
Thank Jayne A
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The view is amazing and unforgettable . The tickets are quite expensive but worth spending the money. If you don't like ques but the VIP tickets - no lines at all. The image on Manhattan and Central Park are unforgettable. On the way up there is a photograph exhibition of how it was built- must take a look.

Helpful?
Thank Ewelinakj
lancashire
Level Contributor
71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The views are something else. Absolutely amazing. We booked The VIP experience and it was more than worth it. I'd of hated to have had to queue up. Great place and a must visit.

Helpful?
Thank suzy k
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My sister had never been to New York, she is claustrophobic and didn't get on well in elevator. Staff were wonderful and let us walk up from 80th to 86th. Awesome view - well worth it

Helpful?
Thank Debbie S
Faro, Portugal
Level Contributor
70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We're not planning to come back to NYC so a visit to the Empire State was a must. We were in line for about an hour but time flew by. The public was always kept moving, taking the chance to appreciate the inner architecture of the 1930's building. Loved the detail of the motion picture in the elevator that took... More 

Helpful?
Thank MicMestre
Neath
Level Contributor
29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well worth the high price of visit absolutely stunning views of new york . After deciding to pay the extra to go to the upper tier i was so glad we did . This is a must do

Helpful?
Thank Jonathan301
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bought tickets on line before leaving UK. Weather forecast was not good so we decided to arrive early - 8.30am. No queue just straight to the top. Good views of Manhatten although a little misty.

Helpful?
1 Thank Sheila H
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was really amazing. I mean like best thing I have experienced at New York. In the future I'll definitely try to visit this place again. :)

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank saifs686
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my husband for the first time he was amazed the Art Deco surroundings are still as amazing and it is kept and maintained so well, staff are always helpful and wanting to help make your trip great.

Helpful?
Thank Terri-AnnC

Travellers who viewed Empire State Building also viewed

 

Been to Empire State Building? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Empire State Building and other visitors
142 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (142)

Questions? Get answers from Empire State Building staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Midtown

Neighbourhood Profile
Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
Explore this neighbourhood