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Empire State Building Visitors Guide

Everything you need to plan your visit to the Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building celebrated its 80th Anniversary on May 1, 2011 -- it was officially opened on May 1, 1931 when President Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C. illuminating the top of the Empire State Building with its signature white lights.

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1. Empire State Building Introduction and Directions

Empire State Building
Heather Cross

The Empire State Building is located on 34th Street and Fifth Avenue and is visible from many places in New York City. We've put together directions and details for visiting the Empire State Building, as well as some interesting facts about the Empire State Building to help you plan your visit.

2. Empire State Building Tickets

Our Empire State Building Ticket Guide will help you understand the options for buying tickets in advance, the choices for ticket upgrades and more.

3. Empire State Building Photos

Flatiron Building Rooftop from the Empire State Building 103rd Floor
Heather Cross

See our Empire State Building photo galleries, including photos from the 103rd Floor airship deck, the 102nd Floor Observatory, the 86th Floor Observatory and photos from the Empire State Building at night.

4. Empire State Building Visitor Tips

Empire State Building 86th Floor Viewing Deck
Heather Cross

From buying tickets to security clearance, these tips will help you really enjoy your visit at the Empire State Building.

5. Empire State Building History & Architecture

Empire State Building
Dan Cross

Curious about the history and architecture of the Empire State Building? Here are some helpful resources:

6. Empire State Building Neighborhood Map

Murray Hill Neighborhood Map
Heather Cross

This map of Manhattan's Murray Hill Neighborhood features streets and major landmarks and has a printable version of the Murray Hill neighborhood map available.

7. NY SKYRIDE

NY SKYRIDE

Also housed in the Empire State Building, NY SKYRIDE offers visitors a virtual tour of New York City.

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