We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
Phone Number:
+1 212-736-3100
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views...

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views of New York City and beyond from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily. Our 86th and 102nd floor Observation Decks offer the two highest vantage points in New York City. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Office Building. Named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, the Empire State Building is one of New York City's top tourist destinations. On a clear day, you can see up to five states from our Observation Decks - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Guests can enjoy our outdoor viewing area on our open-air 86th floor Observatory, or our indoor climate-controlled viewing areas on the 86th and 102nd floors. We recently launched our new Multimedia Experience as well, which guides visitors through the extraordinary exhibits and breathtaking views with additional depth on the building's history in eight languages - including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean. The Empire State Building aims to provide entertainment for guests of all ages. Bringing children? Have their picture taken with King Kong himself on our 80th floor from Thursdays through Mondays (12 p.m. until 9 p.m.). Celebrating a first date or an anniversary? Enjoy romantic tunes from our saxophone player from 9 p.m. until midnight every Thursday through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased through our website. Our celebrated tower lights are often illuminated to commemorate holidays, events and special causes. In the Fall of 2012, we upgraded our tower lighting system from floodlights to one-of-a-kind LED tower lights. The state-of-the-art system allows customized lighting capabilities from a palette of over 16 million colors! To watch some of our recent light shows, visit our YouTube page. Reigning as the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1970, the Empire State Building is known for its distinct Art Deco style. Construction of the renowned icon only took one year and 45 days, and logged more than 7 million man hours. This is the fastest construction to date for a project of its scale. Additionally, from classics like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle to recent hits such as Oblivion and Elf, our place in pop culture has been solidified since our early days. In fact, over 200 movies and TV shows have featured the Empire State Building in them!

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 34.00*
and up
Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
More Info
US$ 100.00*
and up
Viator VIP: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience
More Info
US$ 149.00*
and up
Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 56,795 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 21809
    Excellent
  • 9202
    Very good
  • 3440
    Average
  • 1245
    Poor
  • 847
    Terrible
Still brilliant, still the best

We haven't been for a few years and it still the best. The experience starts as you enter, the architecture throughout the building is amazing. Being outside at the top is just... read more

Reviewed today
dcolenso
,
Richmond, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

56,795 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 36,543: English reviews
English Riviera, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed today NEW

Disappointed with the VIP pass to the top floor was not value for money no different to the morning trip I took with my NYC pass!!!! Thought there would be something more special would not recommend

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank amanda l
Richmond, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We haven't been for a few years and it still the best. The experience starts as you enter, the architecture throughout the building is amazing. Being outside at the top is just brilliant and the guards are so friendly. Love it.

Helpful?
Thank dcolenso
1 review
Reviewed today NEW

I enjoyed my staying in New York and my visit too the Empire State Building ! Greatings from the Netherlands

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank pmartinez64
Townsville, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

No waiting, no delay. Efficient fast service to the top and return. Recommend it. Remarkable views & great photography with a long lens

Helpful?
Thank Bevin I
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

They have this down, good control of large crowds. Memorial Day visit with long lines. I'd skip the 102 floor which is all inside if I could have a do-over.

Helpful?
Thank David C
Canfield, Ohio
Level Contributor
122 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have been to New York about a dozen times,but never made it to The Empire State Building until recently when we went mid-week.The wait was still long and you have to go through a security check point(be prepared to take off belts etc.).Overall it took about 45 to 60 minutes to get to the 86th floor.We were told by some... More 

Helpful?
Thank wap4172
Frederick, United States
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tickets are expensive, I suggest you get them online before you go. You can either walk from the 54th floor to the top, like I did with my daughter, or wait for the elevator to take you to the top. Each side is breathtaking and great for pics!! Its pretty breeze. You can see planes pretty clearly up there.

Helpful?
Thank Kristin B
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Level Contributor
80 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

this was so cool. it was overcast out when we went so you could not see real far, but you felt like u where in the clouds. so it was still way cool. loved it

Helpful?
Thank CLARK E
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
316 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

saw the views from the Empire state building in the evening - magic - take a good camera with you. Did not go to the next floor ($20 more for no real benefit !) Impressive - it built one floor a day !!!!!!!!!! wow

Helpful?
Thank Barry M
Lima, Peru
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The experience is great I must have been in the Empire State more than 5 times and each time I am fully impressed with the view and the experience. Is amazing to go in different seasons and weather conditions since each time the nature changes it is a new experience. Go and enjoy the view!!! With your kids,parents or friends... More 

Helpful?
Thank textilefreak2016

Travellers who viewed Empire State Building also viewed

 

Been to Empire State Building? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Empire State Building and other visitors
178 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (178)

Questions? Get answers from Empire State Building staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Midtown

Neighbourhood Profile
Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
Explore this neighbourhood