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New York Activities

New York's famous Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan.

Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet above the city's bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade.

Since the Observatory opened to the public in 1931, almost 110 million visitors have thrilled to the awe-inspiring vision of the city beneath them.

The building, one of New York City's main tourist attractions, offers a variety of activities for its visitors. One can tour the Observatory 365 days per year, day and night, rain or shine for breathtaking views of Manhattan and beyond. Also, there are two restaurants, a sushi bar, three coffee shops, a drug store, a Hallmark card shop, a post office and two banks, in addition to the plethora of restaurants and nightlife activities in the surrounding area.

All in all, the feeling and spirit of New York City is embodied in the Empire State Building. From the people who fell in love here, to the ones who have returned with their children and grandchildren, everyone recognizes the building not only as an awe-inspiring landmark which offers one of the most spectacular views on earth but an unequaled symbol of American ingenuity and Art Deco architecture.


  • Last elevator goes
    up at 1:15AM
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • IMPORTANT: Everyone must go through the security check when entering the
    building. No glass or bottles are permitted to be taken to the Observatory.
    Cameras and camcorders are allowed but no tripods. ONLY carry-on size and
    style bags, suitcases, backpacks, duffle bags, luggage, etc., are permitted.
    They do not have a coat check, package, baggage check or holding area, so
    please do not attempt to bring non-carry-on style luggage to the Observatory.

Other Information

Valid Dates: Year Round

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