The Empire State Building in Manhattan is one of the most renowned structures in the world; it is both a US National Historical Landmark and a New York City Landmark. The Empire State Building is 102 stories high and opened in 1931; it was the tallest building in Manhattan until the 1972 opening of the World Trade Center. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks the Empire State Building again became New York’s tallest structure.
Recently my daughters and I were attending a social function at restaurant located in the Empire State Building and we decided to go into town early and take the tour. On the day we went it was very cloudy; however, we were determined to visit the observation deck.
The Empire State Building is a popular destination for folks visiting the Big Apple; even King Kong climbed to the top for a look.
The Empire State Building is located in Midtown Manhattan; the visitor’s entrance is on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and West 34th Streets. There is an indoor/outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor and an observatory on the 102nd floor.
Since it was cloudy we decided to go to the 86th floor observation deck only. I am a native New Yorker and have been to the Empire State Building several times and the views are magnificent. On this visit with the “soup” hanging low it was still a sight to behold.
Due to the weather conditions there was no waiting time and prior to purchasing our tickets the staff advised us that the views were limited and we might want to come back another day.
The Empire State Building has quite a history and as we walked through the queuing lines there were a number of exhibits.
The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year from 8AM until 2AM.
The current ticket rates for the 86th Floor observation deck are:
Adults (ages 13-61) $20
Seniors (ages 62+) $18
Child (ages 6-12) $14
US Military are admitted for free. (Military personnel must be in uniform)
Children 5 and under are also free.
Rates for the 102nd Floor observatory are:
It costs an additional $15 to visit the 102nd floor observatory.
Taxes are included in all the ticket prices.
The Empire State Building also offers audio tours and photographs for additional fees.
Tickets can be purchase online at the Empire State Building’s website. (The link is in the sources located below.)
It is advisable to check the current prices and group rates can be arranged.
If you are visiting New York you will want to put the Empire State Building on your must see list; even on a hazy day it is worth the money.
Empire State Building Website