Your Empire State Building Questions Answered

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Your Empire State Building Questions Answered
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Want to visit the Empire State Building but have a few questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered! Here are the questions and answers you need before your visit...

The Empire State Building is not only one of the most famous attractions in New York but also one of the most famous attractions in the world! So, if you’re planning a holiday to New York City, we’re sure it’s on the top of your must-do list. Once you’ve got your Empire State tickets and read through our top questions, you’ll be ready to go! So, here’s everything you need to know…


Where is the Empire State Building?

The Empire State Building is located in Midtown Manhattan, right in the heart of New York City and less than a 20-minute walk from Times Square. It’s official address is 20W 34th Street, but don’t worry if you get lost, just look up to the sky and you’ll find your way! It’s surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants so you’ll have plenty to keep you busy after your visit.


How tall is the Empire State Building?

The Empire State Building stands at an impressive 381-metres-tall (443-metres to the tip) and was the first building in the world to have more than 100 floors. The main observation deck is on the 86th floor, with an additional viewing deck accessible on the 102nd floor. When you book Empire State Building tickets with Attraction Tickets Direct, you’ll get admission to the 86th floor. Tickets for access to the 102nd floor can only be purchased at the Empire State Building itself.


How do I get Empire State Building tickets?


Empire State Building Tickets


If you were planning on just walking up to the Empire State Building and getting tickets when you arrive, you can expect a long wait. Remember, this is one of the most popular attractions in the world!

If you want to save yourself both time and money (who doesn’t want that?) we strongly recommend booking your Empire State Building tickets before you travel. If you’re wondering if Empire State tickets are cheaper online, you’ll find that they are when you book in advance with Attraction Tickets Direct. You’ll save money on the gate price and can skip the line at the ticketing offices.

You can even choose the Empire State Building VIP Express Entry Ticket which acts as an express pass that lets you skip the ticket queue, security queue and the elevator queue. You’ll be treated like a true VIP!


What can you see from the Empire State Building?


Empire State Building view


The Empire State Building is the perfect place to go to admire spectacular panoramic views of New York. You’ll be able to look out over Central Park, spot the Statue of Liberty, check out the Brooklyn Bridge, see the World Trade Center and on a clear day, you can even see six neighbouring states!


How many steps does the Empire State Building have?

You’ll be pleased to know you won’t have to do too much walking during your visit as the Empire State Building stairs are closed to guests- you’ll be travelling in the elevator instead. For those who are just interested to know, this famous building has 1,576 steps leading to the 86th floor.


Why is the Empire State Building famous?

This is by far one of the most famous buildings in the world and even if you’ve never had the chance to see it for yourself in person, we’re sure you’ve heard of it. The Empire State Building has been a famous New York landmark since 1931 and held the record for the world’s tallest building for 40 years. The stunning art deco lobby is also famous for being one of the few interiors in NYC to be classified as a historic landmark.


When is the Empire State Building open?

The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year, so no matter when you visit, you’ll be able to tick this iconic attraction off your list! It’s open every day from 8am to 2am, with the last elevator going up at 1:15am.


Can you visit the Empire State Building at night?


Empire State Building at night


Yes! The Empire State Building is open until 2am, so if you want to see New York City all lit up, night-time is the perfect time to go. Another thing we love about visiting at night, is that on Thursdays-Saturdays you can watch a live Saxophonist perform on the 86th floor observatory, and you can even request a song! Make sure you check the performance times before you go, so that you don’t miss out.


When is the best time to visit the Empire State Building?

The Empire State Building is impressive at any time of day, so it’s totally up to you when you want to visit. If you want to go when it’s quiet, we’d recommend visiting early in the morning or late at night. One of our favourite times to go has to be just before sunset, so that you can watch the sun go down. Even though it’s slightly busier at this time of day, the stunning views are definitely worth it.


How to get to the Empire State Building?

If you’re travelling on the subway, the nearest stations are either 34 St- Herald Square or 33 Street Station, with 28 St Broadway just a short walk away too. We’d suggest either getting the subway or walking if your hotel isn’t too far away to avoid the famous New York City taxi traffic.

The Empire State Building is also less than a 20-minute walk away from Times Square, the New York Public Library and Rockefeller Center, so you can combine your visit with a trip to a nearby attraction.


Is the top deck of the Empire State Building worth a visit?

The 86th-floor observation deck offers incredible views of NYC and the fact that it’s outdoors makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of it all- which you are! The 102nd floor is 16 floors higher, so if you’re all about the views, you’ll want to head here too. It’s worth noting that this observation deck is enclosed, so if you want to take lots of photos or prefer to be in the outdoors then the 86th floor is probably best for you.


Why is the Empire State Building lit up?


Empire State Building Lights


If you’ve ever been to New York City and have found yourself wondering, why is the Empire State Building pink or why is it blue? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answer! While the Empire State Building’s signature light colour is white, you’ll notice that throughout the year, the lights will change colour to recognise various different occasions and organisations. If you’re visiting during the holidays, make sure you check out one of the special light shows.


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