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When the Empire State Building was first constructed, it was known as the largest skyscraper in the world. Interestingly, its creation was actually the result of a competition between the heads of the Chrysler Corporation and General Motors, to see who could build the tallest building. The head of General Motors, Mr. Raskob, attracted a large group of investors, from a company called Empire State, Inc.
The Empire State building, a testament to the art deco style, took just 1 year and 45 days to complete. It is 1,454 feet tall, with 102 floors and 6,500 windows.
It was officially opened on May 1, 1931. Although there are taller buildings in existence now, this landmark Building continues to be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of New York City. Interestingly, it is built on the site of the former Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It has been featured in more than 90 movies!
Ascend to the 86th and 102 floor observatories, where the panoramic views are truly breathtaking! Ah, New York, New York!!! My son still talks of our visit to this landmark. Of course, we HAD to buy a tiny replica of the building in the gift shop!


There's SO much to see in NYC and SO little time, agreed? Here's a way to see the Empire State Building by skipping the lines with a quality guide AND to see the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, as well as timed entry to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. I highly recommend this tour and so do many of those who have already taken it! click here for details.


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This building is probably the most popular sightseeing site in NYC. I get more requests for information on this building this than just about anything else.

So, here is the perfect vacation for you! The Empire State Building Vacation Package Deal! It includes:
• Accommodations for 2-nights or longer in a midtown Manhattan hotel of your choice, in the heart of Times Square, the Theater District, Rockefeller Center 
• Admission to the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory
• Lots of free bonuses!


350 Fifth Avenue, Between West 33rd and West 34 Streets
By Subway:
Take the 1, 2, or 3 OR A, C or E to 34th Street/Penn Station. You can also take the B, D, F, N, Q, R or Path Train to 34th Street/Avenue of the Americas.
Need help in determining how to best route out your trip? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!
For information on subway fares, Metrocards and more Click here!
By Bus:
From Northern Manhattan/Upper East Side: M4
From Upper West Side/Harlem: M10 South
From Downtown/West Side: M10-north
From other Manhattan locations: any north-south bus to 34th Street and transfer to M34 or M16. Disembark at Seventh Avenue.
Use this bus map to help! By Car:
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By Foot:
Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route to the Empire State Building.


Observatory Tickets to 86th Floor Only

Buy your tickets online! This allows you to skip the ticket line at the entrance and go straight to the observation deck. No waiting!!

Adults (13-61): $34.00
Children (6-12): $27.00
Senior (62+): $31.00

Express Pass to 86th Floor

Price: $60.00
Want to skip the lines completely? In a rush? This might be a good investment for you. Skip the long lines (except the security line) with the Main Deck Express Pass admission ticket to the 86th floor.

Tickets to the 86th AND 102 Floors

Adults (13-61): $54.00
Children (6-12): $47.00
Senior (62+): $51.00

Express Pass to the 86th AND 102 Floors

Price: $80.00
This express pass allows you to to visit the 86th and 102 Floors while skipping the lines. If you are short on time, this might be a good bet for you.



  • Check the weather before you book tickets, if possible. Clear, dry days are best for good viewing.
  • Buy your tickets in advance to avoid the lines. If you can, buy an express pass.
  • Plan your visit for the very early morning hours or at the end of the day, when lines are shortest.
  • Given that you will have to pass through a security screening, consider that glass, bottles, and tripods are not allowed.
  • There is no coat or luggage check.
  • Check out the "Dare to Dream Exhibit on the 80th Floor.



It's open daily, 365 days a year, from 8:00 am to 2:00 am. The last elevators go up at 1:15 am.

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How about a cocktail? Welcome to The Empire Room, a massive, 1020s-inspired vintage cocktail lounge on the ground floor of the Empire State Building. Treat yourself to a drink and some fantastic snacks like Truffled Popcorn and Miniature Wellingtons!

This beauty is owned by the same man who built Grand Central's Campbell Apartment Bar. It's appointed in the art deco style with polished steel, crystal chandeliers, patterned carpets, and velvet chairs, to name a few.

The Empire Room is located in the Empire State Building at 350 Fifth Avenue (34th Street), 212-643-5400, and is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 am (one hour after the observation deck closes).

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When you venture out for a day of sightseeing, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!


If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your holiday. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.

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