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The Best Views of the Empire State Building

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.

Our insider 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 1:15 AM; the building closes at 2:00 AM. 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 should I visit?
    Rain or shine, everyday, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM. Last elevator ride at 1:15 AM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Between $30-40.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    The nearest subway station is 33rd Street - keep walking until you get to 5th Avenue.
  • Additional information

    • 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

Definately worth the extra money, we saved hours by skipping the queue

Excellent service, worth every single penny to skip all the queues and go straight up to the top to fully enjoy the spectacular view. Do NOT queue, pay the extra!!

Empire State Building: Skip the Ticket Line Reviewed by valerie, 05/24/2018

Convenient to have the ticket in advance

Did not need the full VIP experience if you are willing to arrive by 9:30am and wait less than 20 mins

Empire State Building: Skip the Ticket Line Reviewed by Jody, 04/08/2018

The ESB at Night is a Must-See for Everyone!

This was my first activity booked through guide and it was excellent. I was able to print out my tickets from home, and we went to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building after 11pm and there was practically no line. This was my favorite stop on our trip to NYC!

Empire State Building: Skip the Ticket Line Reviewed by Brianna, 03/22/2018

As advertised! Skipped ticket line which was loooong!

Everything was as advertised. Mobile tickets a great convenience. Probably would have walked away if we had to stand in that long line.

Empire State Building: Skip the Ticket Line Reviewed by Todd, 07/03/2017

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: Skip the Ticket Line Reviewed by Pavlina, 06/13/2017

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