The Empire State Building stands at more than 1,450 feet and is a New York City landmark that brings thousands of visitors annually to the city. From the 102nd floor observation deck, you can see FIVE different states on a clear day! Learn more about visiting the Empire State Building, a can’t-miss attraction in The Big Apple: 

Best Time to Visit the Empire State Building

Excited to visit this famous site, but not sure when is the best time to visit? The Empire State Building itself recommends visiting between noon and 2 pm to avoid crowds on most days, but the best time to visit varies. Summer and fall bring nice weather at the top of the building, with mostly clear skies so you can see the entirety of Manhattan – but the experience of seeing the city blanketed in snow below you from 100+ floors up is amazing!  

Empire State Building Tickets

You can purchase Empire State Building Observatory tickets directly from the Empire State Building’s website. The 86th Floor Observatory is the most famous open-air observatory in New York City, offering 360 degree views of the city including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and other landmarks. Tickets for the 86th Floor Observatory at the Empire State Building start at $44 for adults, $38 for children, and $42 for seniors. 

You can take your New York City experience higher when you purchase tickets to the 102nd floor deck, which offers unmatched floor-to-ceiling views of up to 80 miles on a clear day. Tickets for the 102nd floor deck start at $79 for adults, $73 for kids, and $77 for seniors. 

Empire State Building Tour

Want to take a tour of this iconic landmark? You can book a premium Empire State Building tour led by an Empire State Building Ambassador who will customize your tour to your group’s interests and surprise you with fun facts and trivia. This premium experience gives you priority access throughout the building including skip-the-line privileges, the Art Deco lobby on 5th Avenue, the Celebrity Walk, and exhibits that celebrate the Empire State Building’s history. This Empire State Building tour is $175 per person. 

Want to live like NYC royalty? The ESB All Access Tour is the most exclusive tour of this iconic building. Guests enjoy a private entrance into the building into the celebrity green room, where the Empire State Building welcomes their most famous guests. Enjoy snacks and a beverage, see memorabilia from past celeb visitors, or just lounge in style with a bottle of champagne! When you’re ready to explore, you’ll take a private tour and skip the lines all the way to the top of the building for New York’s most famous view. This exclusive Empire State Building tour is $500 per person and limited to parties of up to 6. 

A hotel room near the Empire State Building

Hotels Near the Empire State Building

Looking for a hotel near the Empire State Building? Park Terrace Hotel is less than half a mile from the Empire State Building – just a 9 minute walk from your room or suite to one of the most iconic landmarks in the world! Park Terrace Hotel is a luxury hotel overlooking Bryant Park, placing you at the epicenter of Midtown Manhattan with easy access to New York City favorites like shopping on Fifth Avenue, the New York City Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, and the iconic Empire State Building. 

Empire State Building Exhibits

Empire State Building exhibits are open to all ticket holders. Located on the 2nd and 80th floors, these exhibits include recreations of the site in the 1920s, immersive exhibits that put you in the action as a recreation of the construction of the Empire State Building happens around you, building models to show the Building at different points during construction, the excitement of opening day, interactive exhibits, and more. See all of the exhibits at the Empire State Building. 

Empire State Building Restaurants

There are four restaurants inside the Empire State Building: STATE Grill & Bar, Tacombi, Chopt, and Chipotle. STATE is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering modern New York dishes. Tacombi is a chic Mexican mainstay known for their margaritas and scratch-made tacos. Chopt provides impeccable salads, and we all know the beauty of a Chipotle burrito. 

Hungry? Check out this list of the best restaurants in Soho.  

Empire State Building Shop

There is one store inside the Empire State Building: the official Empire State Building Store. You’ll find the best Empire State Building merchandise in the city here, from t-shirts and building memorabilia to King Kong merch and classic New York souvenirs. 

Looking for more shopping and things to do in New York? Check out this list of hidden gems and hotspots in New York City, according to the locals. 

Empire State Building FAQs

When was the Empire State Building built?

The Empire State Building was completed in 1931. Construction began on March 17, 1930 and the Building formally opened on May 1, 1931 – it took just 410 days to complete one of the world’s most iconic landmark buildings.  

What is the address of the Empire State Building?

The Empire State Building is located at 20 W 34th St., New York NY 10001, directly in the heart of Manhattan. Not sure where to go? Just look up! 

Ready to plan your New York City getaway? Book your Park Terrace Hotel accommodations, where luxury and New York City charm blend to create the perfect place to stay. 

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