Empire State Building

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We are without a doubt before the most emblematic and well-known viewpoint of New York, the observatory of the Empire State Building.

After the attack of the 11-S, the Empire State remained like the highest observatory of the city of New York, title that recently finishes losing in the hands of the One World Observatory, that has been opened in the One World Trade Center, the building that has been built right next to where the Twin Towers were.

The experience of the Empire State Building

Located on the 86 floor, which is accessed after taking an elevator that takes just a minute to take you to the 80 floor, and then another that takes you to the 86 floor after the photo of rigorous memory, the Observatory of the Empire State Building It is undoubtedly the best known of New York, so they create large crowds especially on clear days.

From the Empire State Viewpoint we have an excellent view of Manhattan, especially of the most emblematic buildings of Midtown like the Chrysler building, Metlife, Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park, Union Square, the financial district of New York and Times Square, being somewhat further and more visible at night the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

The view of Times Square, next to the view of the Flatiron Building and Fifth Avenue and the new World Trade Center with the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, have a special charm, although on the other side the surrounding buildings They prevent you from having a better view on Uptown and Central Park, which is barely noticeable mostly because of the Rockefeller Center and the surrounding buildings.

Tips for the Empire State

It is especially recommended to go loaded with a good camera, with a couple of batteries just in case, and upload late in the afternoon to enjoy both the day and night views of the city. At the entrance to the building there is a sign that indicates the average time of waiting to take the elevator and the distance in miles that can be covered, and paying an extra you can use the express queue to avoid having to wait in our up and down elevator, but I do not recommend it. Instead, I recommend using, if you have removed it, any of the New York tourist cards, because all of them allow you to skip the tail, once past the security arch, and go directly to the entrance of the elevator.

Finally, indicate that access to the viewpoint of the Empire State Building is not allowed with any type of tripod, gorillapod or mini-tripod, which will be confiscated at the entrance and returned to the exit, so if you want to avoid more waiting, I recommend you go through the hotel where you are staying and leave it in the room to avoid problems.

New York at night from the viewpoint of the Empire State Building
New York at night from the viewpoint of the Empire State Building

Views from the Observatory

These are the views that are obtained from the Empire State Observatory:

Empire State Building Hours

  • Open the 365 days of the year from 8 in the morning to 2 in the early morning, the last lift to the observatory to the 1: 15 in the early morning

Rates (year 2019)

  • Adult: From $ 36 to $ 40
  • Mayor of 62 years: From $ 35 to $ 38
  • Children (between 6 and 12 years): From $ 31 to $ 35
  • Children under 6 years: Free
  • Express Pass (priority in the ascent and descent): $ 69
  • Ascent to the observatory of the 102 plant: Add $ 20 to the previous price

Si quieres avoid the queue to get your tickets for the Empire State at the box office, Can buy your tickets early with WePlann, and also pay with Paypal or in your local currency instead of dollars.

How to get to the Empire State Building?


  • Lines B, D, F, M, N, Q, R and W (34 St - Herald Sq)
  • 1, 2, 3, A, C and E lines (34 St - Penn Station)

More information about the Empire State

The observatory of the Empire State Building is included in all the tourist cards of New York, if you want to know more about them visit our article that tells you the best tourist card for your trip to New York. For more information and booking tickets in advance, visit the Official Web of the observatory, available in Spanish.

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