Empire State Building

Price guide: Expensive

350 5th Avenue, Midtown, New York City, New York, 10018

Price guide: Expensive

Empire State Building
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By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
First-time travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing

Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of Empire State Building

New York’s most iconic landmark offers the best views in town.

This 102-storey Art Deco icon is every bit as striking today as when it was completed in 1931. Although it has long since abdicated its place as the world’s tallest building (since 9/11 it is, sadly, once again New York City’s tallest structure), it is still the Big Apple’s original and quintessential skyscraper, thanks in part to classic flicks like King Kong. Towering above the concrete jungle of Midtown Manhattan, the observation deck on the 86th floor offers an unforgettable panorama of the entire city, but to avoid the thick of the crowd visit before 11:00am. You can buy your tickets in advance online and pick them up at the Empire State Building ticket window on the second floor.

Price advice: 

Tickets are US$20 for adults and US$14 for children between 6-12.

Expert tips: 
Some holidays have shortened hours.
Last elevators go up at 1.15am.

More information on Empire State Building:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Landmark / monument
350 5th Avenue, Midtown, New York City, New York, 10018
212 736-3100
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 8.00am-2.00am.

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Community comments (2)

good views around even at night

It's worth taking a trip up at night too