Empire State Building, New York City

4.4
The 103-story Empire State Building in midtown stood as the world's tallest building for nearly four decades, from its completion in 1931 until 1970, when it was surpassed by another New York skyscraper. Considered an American cultural icon, the building underwent a massive renovation in 2010 to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Admire the Art Deco mosaics in the lobby, and then take an elevator to the observation deck at the top, where you'll have 360-degree views of the entire city. If you don't have time to wait in line for the top, visit the 86th-floor observatory, which at 320 m (1,050 ft) high still provides remarkable views. If you're in the city in the evening, try to catch a glimpse of the building to see its pinnacle bathed in lights. Use our New York City trip itinerary maker app to visit Empire State Building on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Improve this listing »
Tickets
Lowest price guaranteed
Create an itinerary including Empire State Building
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Empire State Building Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
81,514 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • It is an emblematic building, but approaching to see it contributes little, the ideal is to move away, to see it as a whole, from some observatory even better. If of course it is beautiful hacercarse to the bottom, see its details, but as urban Hehco must be appreciated from afar, especially on the 5th Avenue.
    View original
  • Kids liked the views. Lines for entry were quick. Buildings design and elevator features were unique and beautiful.  more »
  • Definitely one of the symbols of New York with a breathtaking view.. Like the Top of the Roc and the World Trade Center.. I advise you to make it one of the three that up for down are equal
    View original
Google
  • Really nice building. Super great look out off the top of the building. Super great place to visit. I think everybody should come and visit here at least once in there life time. We had a blast here and cant wait to come back. Thank you so much for giving us a great experience here, Thank you and we cant wait to come back. If my review helps you in any way PLEASE give me a thumbs up like on my review. Thank you.
  • Definitely better than it is in the movies! The sheer architectural magnificence of this building is jaw-dropping, and it is probably the most iconic building in the world. The security guards were very friendly. The interior is also iconic, with the marble floors and ornate ceiling. I recommend going to the top if it’s during sunset or night time. You will see how beautiful New York is from the top. Be prepared to spend a whole lot of time to get to the top. Overall I would highly recommend this building to any person because you only live once and its the most iconic building on the planet.
  • One of the tallest buildings in the city. I started counting the number of floors it has and I missed the count almost 10 times. A huge, massive one and a great sight for all the spectators coming from different parts of the world. Wonderfully constructed and must visit place apart from the world trade center just to see the magnificent monster standing so high!!
  • Fantastic experience to visit the top of such a magnificent and iconic building. I would highly recommend timing your visit around dusk to see the city go dark and light up before you. There can be queues at the security checkpoint, so for practical reasons, ensure you arrive some time beforehand. I was blissfully unaware until I reached the top that it was possible to walk on the open air balcony, which was an exciting surprise and aided the taking of good photographs without picking up glare from lights on glass. The staff at the venue, particularly the security staff, are especially well-presented, friendly and helpful. It felt like more than simply s visit to the top of a tall building; it was an experience and one I highly recommend to others. If you intend to spend time on the balcony (and why not?), ensure you take plenty of warm clothing, especially at night. You are 86 stories above ground and the wind can make for a significant chill factor.
  • I really want to see the light of the city, we got here at 9:30pm and went to the top. Wow it was so very cool the moon was bright red and so lovely. I would do this at night. Very few people are here. To get to the top probably took 10 minutes and that was because I stop to read and their was one line. We had no problem going outside and get any picture we wanted. It was lovely and the place is clean the staff is very nice, they did keep people moving alone.
Places to stay near Empire State Building

Plan your trip to New York City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in New York City

View all >
4.8
Duration: 6​h
4.8
Duration: 4​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Museums in New York City

View all >
4.3
Duration: 3​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h

Historic Sites in New York City

View all >
4.7
Duration: 1​h
4.3
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h

Kid-friendly things to do in New York City

View all >
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 3​h
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 1​h

Parks in New York City

4.7
Duration: 3​h
4.3
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 30​min
3.8
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in New York City

4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h
3.9
Duration: 1​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 3​h
4.9
Duration: 4​h
5.0
Duration: 30​min

Plans to Empire State Building by other users

50 days in United States BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA October, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM ROMANIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in New York City BY A USER FROM ANGOLA July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA August, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 45 days in Continental USA & Toronto BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 38 days in United States BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN June, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in New York City BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in California, Zion National Park & New York City BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, teens, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, teens, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 19 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM KENYA July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans