Empire State Building Observation Deck: Facts, Hours and Prices

Empire State Building Observation DeckEmpire State Building Observation deck is one of the most spectacular and most visited New York landmarks that can perhaps only compete with the Statue of Liberty in popularity. It’s currently the tallest building in NYC and has been estimated that almost 2 million people visit it annually.

The Empire State Building Observation deck is located on the 86th floor of the 102-story Empire State Building. Powerful high speed elevators take you to the observation area within mere minutes. However, get ready to spend at least 2-3 hours waiting in lines unless you are willing to pay twice as much of the general admission ticket price that will allow you to skip the waiting lines. The general adult ticket to the Empire State Building Observation deck is $20.21 and child admission price is $14.70. The Observation deck express pass is $41.33 and is worth it for many visitors allowing them to save on average of 2 hours that could be spent enjoying other NYC sights. Additionally you can save 47% off the general admission prices if you purchase New York City pass that entitles you to discount tickets to see 6 major NYC landmarks, including the Empire State Building Observation Deck.

The Observation deck opens unsurpassed panoramic views of the city. Visitors are encouraged to use powerful binoculars to spot many famous buildings and landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Chrysler Building, Central Park and many others. Many visitors believe is that you can not grasp the idea of New York without visiting this attraction.

The Observation deck is open every single day of the year from 8am to 2pm, however, depending on the day of the year the “last elevator of the day” boarding time can change especially on really busy holiday days, it’s recommended you arrive early so you can make it.

The Observation deck is not the only attraction in the Empire State building, 102nd floor is also for you to view for a $37 adult and $31 child combo ticket price enabling you to view the 86th floor observatory and the 102nd floor viewing area. Additionally, you can enjoy a 30-minute long NY Skyride, a visually simulated flight over NYC area to see most of its major attractions. Projected on a massive screen with moving seat platforms, the Skyride experiences makes you feel like you are flying over NYC.

Check out our article highlighting major Empire State Building tours that are worth considering. In addition, if the prices to see the famous Observation deck seem a bit steep, refer to our article about cheap things to do in NYC. You will be surprised to see how many fantastic landmarks could be enjoyed practically free of charge.