Once dubbed the 8th wonder of the world, the Empire State Building is an internationally renowned Art Deco icon that epitomizes the unique spirit of New York. Don't miss the chance to visit this ambitious skyscraper and sample its phenomenal 86th-floor viewpoints. In addition, visitors can also learn about the fascinating history of the Empire State Building and its construction in the early 1930s, discover how it became one of the most energy efficient structures in New York City, wine and dine at the State Grill and Bar, and pick up unique souvenirs at the gift shop.More Info Read Less
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 Buiding 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.
Learn more about the fascinating history of the Empire State Building's construction in the Dare to Dream exhibit, and find out how the building was transformed into a beacon for sustainability in the Sustainability Exhibit. You can also embark on a self-guided audio tour, available via the free ESB App.
Straight to gate
Now you can take your ticket straight to the entrance gate - no need to collect your Empire State tickets from a Big Bus representative.
*Please note that Big Pass or combo ticketholders must redeem their tickets with a Big Bus Tours staff member before visiting the Empire State Building.
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