Planning your visit to the Empire State Building

Visit 365 days a year

The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year, rain or shine, including all holidays. Please see updated hours for information on our last elevators up to our observatories every night. No matter when you visit NYC, you can make the Empire State Building part of your trip.

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Purchase Tickets online or at the building

If you know when you’ll be visiting the Empire State Building, buying tickets from our website is quick and easy, and saves you time on the day of your visit. You can also buy tickets on site at the Empire State Building from kiosks located upstairs on the second floor of the lobby.


Tickets are valid for the date you choose at checkout.

Beat the Crowds

For visitors looking to dodge the crowds, we recommend taking a trip to the top in the morning, before our daily rush.

Want to skip the line entirely? Add an Express Pass to your ticket at checkout and spend more time enjoying the view.

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Tips for Couples

Looking to catch the view with someone special? Head up in the morning or after 10 p.m. During these times, it’s less crowded and you can enjoy a more private, romantic view of NYC.

Planning on popping the question? Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, our guitarist sets the mood every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Or, spend Valentine’s Day with us – you can’t find a more romantic view spot of NYC.

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Tips for Groups

Go up before you go out! Take a trip to the top after 10 p.m. and take in the views, then hit the town and discover why it’s called “the city that never sleeps.”

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It’s New York’s can’t-miss experience. Book your ticket to the top today.