Empire State Building Highlights

Completely reimagined, the Empire State Building Observatory Experience offers unmatched views from 440 meters above Manhattan, and an interactive exhibit guaranteed to impress! Visitors can fully immerse themselves in the inspiring history as they make their way through 12 new interactive exhibits on the 2nd floor, which display's the building’s journey from construction to landmark icon today. The revamped 80th floor is equally impressive, and a partnership with NYC & Co enables visitors to plan a customized itinerary for their trip. Offering the only 360-degree outdoor viewing experience in the city, the 86th floor is as unique as it is breathtaking. The views don’t stop there! Finish the journey to the top by taking the glass elevator to the completely transformed 102nd floor, offering floor-to-ceiling views. There’s never been a better time to visit New York City’s most iconic destination, and the World’s Most Famous Building!

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Art Deco Detail

The Empire State Building's striking aesthetics are emblematic of the Art Deco design movement. Highlights include the restored ceiling murals and the magnificent lobby.

Iconic Viewing Deck

As one of the most popular viewing decks in the world, the Empire State Building has featured in countless films, TV shows, books and artworks. You may recognise the viewing deck from the films An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle, and the building itself from King Kong or Independence Day, among others.

Empire State of Mind

Constructed during the great 'Race to the Sky' of the 1920s, the Empire State Building beat out both 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building to stand as the world's tallest building, a title it held for nearly 40 years, until the construction of the original World Trade Center in 1970.

Living History

Learn more about the fascinating history of the Empire State Building's construction on your way up to the top! The new 2nd Floor exhibits feature a series of interactive galleries covering 10,000 sq. ft. Don’t forget to snap a photo with King Kong! You can also embark on a self-guided audio tour, available via the free multimedia tour APP, included with every admission to the Empire State Building. Download the APP or connect once on-site via free Wi-Fi.

Ticket Redemption

Before visiting the Empire State Building, please download your entry pass from bigbustours.com/booking-portal. If you do not download your entry pass, please show your booking confirmation to a Big Bus Tours staff member in exchange for your entry pass before your visit to Empire State Building. To use your entry pass on the day just skip the line and head straight to the gate. Please note the visiting hours for your ticket. All tickets are non-refundable.

Important Information

All guests must pass through security to access the Observatory. The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and is wheelchair-accessible. Service dogs, motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted. Admission tickets to the 102nd-floor observatory are sold at the observatory ticket office, on the 2nd floor of the building and are in addition to regular admission tickets and can only be visited in conjunction with the Main Deck; 86th Floor.

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