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Tonight's Lights

Dynamic Light Show

Reservations Are Required

For a limited time until June 18, a special House of the Dragon exhibit is featured at the Empire State Building - hosting Vhagar, Aemond Targaryen's dragon curled around the mast up close and personal! Guests with the House of the Dragon ticket also get access to the "Game of Thrones: Legends" experience and a photo opportunity with the iconic Iron Throne. Explore the link below to secure your ticket for this one-of-a-kind experience! 


Bypass all queues and take our red carpet all the way up to the very top of the building! Pass includes expedited entry to the 86th and 102nd Floors.


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One easy CityPASS® purchase saves 40% at ESB plus 4 more top NYC attractions. CityPASS® tickets include our AM/PM Experience: 86th floor observatory and BONUS same-night admission 3 hours before closing.

Premium Experience

Discover even more of the Empire State Building. Enjoy a guided 90-minute tour that includes the building’s lovingly restored Art Deco lobby on 5th Avenue, the Celebrity Walk, and exhibits that celebrate the building’s history and heritage.

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Sunrise reserve

Get a glimpse of New York as the first light of day creeps over the city. From our 86th-floor observation deck you can watch “the city that never sleeps” awaken.

Step into our newly revitalized 2nd and 80th floor galleries. See how the ESB was built, relive the building’s defining moments, and put yourself in the clutches of King Kong.

Before you visit, enjoy our EarthCam views of Manhattan showcasing the beauty of the city's skyline with ESB front and center


Spend your Fourth of July in NYC with an extravagant party at the "World's Most Famous Building!" Guests will enjoy a panoramic view of the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks display along with complimentary food and drinks throughout the night. From more than a thousand feet above the heart of NYC, guests who reserve will get front-row seats to this incredible fireworks display. 

4th of July

In celebration of season 2 of House of the Dragon, the World's Most Famous Building is officially pledging themselves to Team Green. From June 10th to June 18th the Empire State Building is inviting fans to experience the House of the Dragon takeover with a chance to sit on the Iron Throne and an immersive Game of Thrones: Legends experience on the 80th floor.  In this extravagant display of the Empire State Building's alliance, who's side will you take?


The Empire State Building's annual Photography Contest for 2024 is now live! This year, we are leveling the playing field with our 11 different photograph categories. All submissions will go through our judges and public voting. From amateurs to pros, we invite everyone to join this annual contest. No purchase necessary.

2024 Empire State Building Photo Contest

The Empire State Building has released its newest ambassador membership program! Join and earn points every time you spend at the Observatory and get rewarded. By completing different thresholds, you will gain access to free tickets to experience New York's Most Famous Building and one-of-a-kind NFTs. 

Join ESB's Ambassador Membership Program
Text US to see tonight's lights!

Ever wanted to know why the building was lit up a certain color? Or what timely events are happening at ESB? Now, be the first to know by texting CONNECT to 27416! You'll get the latest updates including the reason behind tonight's lights, special activations and exclusives!


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Want to take your guest experience to the next level? Discover behind-the-scenes content of the world’s Most Famous Building with our new QR Code labels. Simply scan the camera of your mobile device over each QR code plaque when visiting the exhibits to learn fun facts about how King Kong was made, sustainability elements of the building, and even more about our parent company, Empire State Realty Trust!

Empire State Building 102nd Floor Observatory

We are pleased to announce that Tripadvisor®, the world's largest travel guidance platform, released the 2023 winners of the coveted Travelers' Choice® Award series: The Best of the Best Things to Do. Out of a list of many qualifying competitors, the iconic Empire State Building was awarded the #1 Attraction in the U.S. for travelers to visit, and #3 in the world overall. We are proud to provide the most authentic New York experience for our guests from around the world.

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Missed the latest celebrity lighting ceremonies, firework displays, or concert light shows? Not to worry - see a full list of videos shot with high resolution drone footage updated weekly on our channel!


The Empire State Building is on TikTok! Get your daily dose of ESB content and watch as we interact with our edifice friends like the Chrysler Building and showcase some of the most stunning views New York’s Most Famous Building has to offer.