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Empire State Building Tickets

Pre-book Empire State Building tickets at the best rates in isango! Over 1,454-ft tall, the gleaming Empire State Building is an integral part of the city’s skyline. Built-in just 410 days during the Great Depression, from it's completion in 1930 this limestone tower was a point of pride among downtrodden New Yorkers in times of social and economic hardship. The attraction is more than just an architectural masterpiece. For the most stunning views of the city, book your tickets to the Empire State Building or even enjoy a guided tour. The queues to the top may be notorious, but exploring one of the most iconic buildings in New York is well worth it.

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Our tips for Empire State Building

  • Run, don’t walk. Each year the Empire State holds an annual race! The Empire State Building Run-Up sees participants race up the stairs to the 86th floor (they take 1,576 steps in total).
  • Start your day right. Greet the day in style with a spectacular sunrise Empire State Building tour in the early hours of the morning.
  • Clear skies are a must. While there’s tons to do on your Empire State Building tour, the most magnificent part of the visit is of course the breathtaking views of New York from the 86th-floor Observation Deck and the Top Deck on the 102nd floor. Head to the tower on a clear day to make the most of these epic views.

Good to know

Best time to visit
You can visit any time, though early hours or later in the day is best if you're looking to avoid the crowds. Booking an Empire State Building tour during the holiday season is also not ideal as it can get very crowded.
Getting there
You can’t miss this tower - just look up! Flag down a yellow cab or jump on the subway to get to the Empire State relatively quickly. The two closest subway stations to the Empire State Building are 34th Street - Herald Square and the 33rd Street at Park Avenue.
Money saving tips
As always, booking your Empire State Building tickets online and well in advance will help you save money. As well as skipping those dreaded on-the-door fees, booking in advance also saves time and hassle.
Did you know?
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits!
  • This iconic building has been featured in several movies including King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle, Elf, and The Amazing Spider-Man among others.
  • The Empire State's tower lights are switched off on particularly foggy nights during the spring and autumn bird migration season to avoid confusing the flight path of the migrating birds.
  • The building is struck by lightning an average of 100 times per year.
  • On a foggy day in 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the tower, killing 14 people and sending elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver plunging 75 stories inside an elevator. Betty survived the descent thanks to the lift's automatic brakes. Still today, this event holds the Guinness World Record for the longest survived elevator fall ever recorded.

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