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Empire State Building Tickets

With your Empire State Building tickets, visit the iconic landmark of New York City. Over 1,454 feet tall, the gleaming Empire State Building is an integral part of the city’s skyline. The attraction is more than just an architectural masterpiece. For the most stunning views of the city, book your Empire State Building Observation Deck Tickets or even enjoy a guided Hop-On Hop-Off 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 tour in the early hours of the morning.
  • Clear skies are a must. While there are 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.
  • Save those pennies. As always, booking your 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.

Good to know

Built in just 410 days during the Great Depression, from its completion in 1930 this limestone tower was a point of pride among downtrodden New Yorkers in times of social and economic hardship. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Empire State Building?

    You can visit any time, though early hours or later in the day is best if you're looking to avoid the crowds. Booking Empire State Building Tickets during the holiday season is also not ideal as it can get very crowded.

  • Q: How do I get 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 are 34th Street - Herald Square and 33rd Street at Park Avenue.

  • Q: How tall is the Empire State Building?

    Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper that is 1250 feet high and soars 1454 feet high with its antenna.

  • Q: What are the opening hours of the Empire State Building?

    Empire State Building is open every day from 8 am to 2 am.

  • Q: Can you go to the top of the Empire State Building?

    You can buy a ticket that offers access to the Observatory Deck of the building after 10 pm and take in the most gorgeous views.

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