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The Best Views of the Empire State Building

The high point of the New York skyline, Manhattan would not be Manhattan without its beloved Empire State Building standing tall above the city. We guarantee you'll fall in love with New York the moment you look up and first see it. Here are the very best vantage points.

Top of the Rock

Should you go to Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) or Empire State Building to get the view? At the Top of the Rock, you get to see the Empire State Building as part of the view. Simply the best.

From the Streets of the Flatiron District

Head to the Flatiron Building and stroll through Madison Square Park. Stand in the pedestrian island on 5th Avenue at 22nd Street, and you’ll have your picture perfect photo.

From a Cruise around Manhattan

Book a cruise around Manhattan, and you’ll get a panoramic view, seeing just how beautifully the Empire State Building stands out among its surrounding skyline.

East River State Park, Kent Street, Williamsburg

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the beautiful East River State Park provides some of the best skyline views of Manhattan. Bonus: the park holds food and flea markets on the weekends.

To the Top of the Empire State Building

Head to the Empire State Building itself. Astounding views of Manhattan await you from the observation deck. It will take your breath away, we promise.

Empire State Building: Our Tips

How to Get There / Hours

The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Ave, between 33rd and 34th Street. It opens at 8am and the last elevator to the top leaves at 1:15am; the building closes at 2am. The nearest subway is the 6 train to 33rd Street; B/D/F, Q, or 1/2/3 to 34th Street.

The Best Time to Visit the Empire State Building

The views will be astounding day or night. If you go at night, you get the romantic city lights all around you. But by day, you get to see the geography and outline of the city below. It's up to you!

Skipping the Line

The Empire State Building is known for its lines. Ticket lines, security lines, and then the line for the elevator up to the 86th Floor observatory. The best way to skip the ticket line is to buy one online in advance. You can even buy an express pass and fast track your way up on the elevator. Keep in mind you will need to go through security. No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Rain or shine, everyday, from 8AM to 2AM. Last elevator ride at 1:15AM.
  • What is the price?
    Between $30-40.
  • Will I need a guide?
  • How to get there
    The nearest subway station is 33rd Street - keep walking until you get to 5th Avenue.
  • Additional tips
    • No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed through security.
    • Don't forget your camera - you'll want to take some of the best photographs ever!

What People Are Saying About Empire State Building

Done by the architect - great depth, smooth delivery, nice atmosphere

The tour is comprehensive. Being able to shift between open and enclosed areas is nice. The free snack (fruit and yogurt platter) was a nice touch

Around Manhattan: Official NYC Architecture Cruise Reviewed by Yevgeny, 06/20/2017

Worth the extra cost to be able to skip the queue.

The Empire State Building tour was everything that I had hoped for. Seeing a storm roll over NYC from that height was incredible. The views over the city from that height are amazing. You can really see what an incredible city it is.

Absolutely amazing! Would go again straight away!

I recommend to book tickets online to avoid the line and to proceed quickly inside. It was pleasant to do so when I saw the line and people waiting.. Amazing 360 views of Manhattan and views from two floors accessible! No tripods allowed!! Must stay at the security and be picked up after your tour.

Empire State Building: Flexible Date Ticket Reviewed by Pavlina, 06/13/2017

Very educational with regard to Manhattan locale & surrounding area.

History of NY City was very informative. Tour personnel were attentive & accomidating. Great experience!!!!!!

Great experience. Very smooth. Absolutely no problems.

I booked the trip for 4 folks: 1 senior, two adults (14 & ?), and one child (11). It was a rainy Monday but the sky cleared and we went to the Empire State Building. It was all very simple and clear. All ages enjoyed the visit. There were plenty of bathrooms and good information. The flexible ticket is great because it allows you to go when the weather is nice. It's open on Monday so it's perfect because the museums and theaters are closed--a good Monday activity.

Empire State Building: Flexible Date Ticket Reviewed by Lisa, 06/06/2017

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