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The Empire State Building Observatory

The Empire State Building Observatory is beacon for international and domestic tourists alike, and offers unmatched views of New York and neighboring states from its world-famous 86th floor observatory all year long.

Get skyward and discover what the city looks like when you are 1,050 feet (320 meters) high at the top of New York's most iconic skyscraper, at the 86th Floor Observatory. The Observatory, with its popular 360-degree outdoor deck, also has indoor viewing galleries for guests to enjoy the views rain or shine, day or night.

You'll zip right up to the 86th Floor Observatory in convenient high speed, automatic elevators. Looking for an enhanced viewing experience? High-powered binoculars are available on the promenades at a minimal cost. And if you’re searching for that perfect Empire State Building souvenir, you’ll find something memorable at the Gift Shop, located on the 80th Floor.

Visitors with tickets purchased online will go with their voucher directly to the ticket window and then through the security check. The Observatory is wheelchair accessible.

A Multimedia Tour Guide App of the Empire State Building can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google play. It serves as your own personal tour guide, taking you all the way from the ground floor to the 360° open-air views of the Observation Deck. (Available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and German).

You can now enjoy one-of-a-kind mini-shows in the elevators on the ascent and descent to the Observatory. The ascent show takes you back in time to the construction of the Empire State Building, spotlighting workers, machinery and materials. On the descent you will see different features of the art deco masterpiece lobby with the features floating in to form the iconic mural that adorns the Fifth Avenue entrance.

You can now choose our Day and Night ticket that allows you access to the Empire State Building Observatory twice in one day! See the spectacular views of New York during the day and the glittering skyline at night after 9pm.

Please note: ESB closes at 8pm Christmas Eve, is open regular hours Christmas and New Year’s Day but closes at 6PM on New Year’s Eve. On Special Holidays such as 4th July the hours of operation vary. Please enquire with the building for exact opening times.

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If skipping lines, standing in your own special queue for the elevator on every floor and getting to the observatory floor in no time sounds good to you, buy the V.I.P. Express Pass!

This ticket is particularly beneficial on busy periods. If you wish to get whisked to the top in no time, bypassing all queues, this is the ticket for you!

Just wave your V.I.P. Express Pass voucher at the ticket expediter at the new redemption post (pre-security) who will put you at the front, to get you to the top with priority! (No need to go to the Ticket Office therefore.)

You will be given a gold VIP wrist band that will provide easy identification along the route to and from the observatory. Just hold up your hand and our attendants will easily recognise the gold VIP Express Pass band.

Your voucher is valid for one year from date of purchase.

The ESB is located at: 350 Fifth Avenue New York, NY. (Between 33rd and 34th Street)

Observatory Hours: Open daily, 365 days a year. 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM EST Last elevators go up at 1:15 AM. Holiday hours may vary.

If you wish to go up to the 102nd level you will need to pay an additional fee which you can do at the Empire State Building when redeeming your voucher.

From 8am-10am and after 10pm are usually the relatively quieter times to visit the ESB.

Please note:
ESB closes at 8pm Christmas Eve, is open regular hours Christmas and New Year’s Day but closes at 6PM on New Year’s Eve. On Special Holidays such as 4th July the hours of operation vary. On 4th July the building usually closes from 7pm to 10pm during the fireworks display. Please enquire with the building for exact opening times.

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