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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?
    No.
  • 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

Its worth the price to purchase the vip ticket to avoid huge line.

I absolutely recommend to all my friends who are willing to visit empire state & the rest of the tour.

you must buy the express pass if you wish to visit. it is essential

Absolutely amazing. I would just stress that one must buy express if one wants to visit. To put in persepctive: with express did whole tour and got amazing views in 50 mins. People with normal pass were quing fot 6 hours plus. Express allows you to completely skip cues in private lane saving so much essential time. Beyond this the experience and views are incredible.

New York City: Empire State Building Express Pass Reviewed by Ruairidh, 12/28/2016

Excellent swift journey up to 80th floor great views

Get to building early to avoid queuing and once up enjoy the whole panoramic views on offer.

Empire State Building Ticket Reviewed by Bill, 12/15/2016

Awesome views! Express Pass was definitely worth it!

The line was so long, we would have waited hours (some of it in the cold) but with the express pass we walked right in and up to the 86th floor!!

New York City: Empire State Building Express Pass Reviewed by Denise, 12/10/2016

Seeing the Statue of Liberty, from the cruise ,was magnificent!!

Many reviews, said they loved the cruise, but the pier was hard to find. We took Uber. The driver had never been there, but GPS took us right to the Pier. So don't let that keep you from taking the cruise. Statue of Liberty at night was magnificent.

New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty Cruise Reviewed by William, 12/09/2016

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