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The Empire State Building is easily one of America’s most recognizable and emotionally-charged landmarks. It’s difficult to look up at it from the streets of “the greatest city in the world” and feel anything less than a sense of awe and pride. The only thing more spectacular is standing at the top and looking down. Whether you’re visiting New York for its architecture, its history, or its romance, you should not leave The Big Apple without visiting an iconic venue that combines all three; The Empire State’s eponymous skyscraper.
Present your New York City Explorer Pass at the box office after going through security. You may present your Explorer Pass at any of the 6 ticket windows.
If you have chosen our new Instant Delivery! option and plan to use your NYC Explorer Pass on your mobile phone, you must present the Print version for admission as the Empire State Building cannot accept mobile admission at this time.
Important: Everyone must go through the security check when entering the building. No glass or bottles are permitted to be taken to the Observatory. Cameras and camcorders are allowed but no tripods. ONLY carry-on size and style bags, suitcases, backpacks, duffle bags, luggage, etc., are permitted. We do not have a coat check, package, baggage check or holding area, so please do not attempt to bring non-carry-on style luggage to the Observatory.
Riding 1,050 feet in a high-speed elevator, you will be flown up to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, where you will enter the climate-controlled observatory area that allows for stunning 360 degree views of the city.
The Empire State Building Observatory is one of New York’s top tourist destinations, regardless of the time (the observation deck is open from 8AM-2AM) or the season (guests can enjoy the beauty of New York City from the comfort of a glass observation area, or opt for the outdoor observation deck on warmer days).
The Empire State Building was part of a Great Depression-era competition to construct the world’s tallest building, and was the first structure ever to consist of more than 100 floors, topping the record height with an extra two floors. It was officially opened in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover, who turned on the building’s lights remotely by pushing a button in Washington, D.C.
The Empire State Building is instantly recognizable thanks to its art deco design, which, in addition to its impressive height, sets it apart from neighboring skyscrapers. The top of the building is sometimes illuminated with floodlights in recognition of various holidays, or for more somber occasions, such as in the months immediately following the September 11th attacks, when it was bathed in red, white, and blue light. Following the infamous attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City.
Don’t leave New York City without checking out this legendary tower that represents American ingenuity, perseverance, and triumph in times of hardship. A ride up to the Empire State Building Observatory is a legitimate feel-good trip that will join you in solidarity with other visitors as you marvel at the magnificence of old New York.
VIDEO: Empire State Building Observation Deck
VIDEO: Empire State Building History