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Empire State Building Tickets

Over 1,454-ft tall, the gleaming Empire State Building permeates New York’s city skyline day and night, it’s façade a comforting and enduring sight in a city that’s forever reinventing itself. 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. Some 87 years on, and while the times have changed, the Heart of New York remains – with locals and travellers alike revelling in this mighty monument and all it represents in modern-day America. 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 towers 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.

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Best time to visit
The Empire State can be enjoyed at any time, though a visit in the early hours and late in the day is best if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. Booking an Empire State Building tour during the school holidays is also a no-no if you’re looking to enjoy the site without all the riff-raff.
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 save significant dollar. As well as skipping those dreaded on-the-door fees, booking in advance also saves time and hassle too.
Did you know?
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the Empire State Building…
  • 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 Empire State 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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