The Empire State Building's main deck observatory on the 86th floor has been the setting for dozens of movie and television scenes, as well as tens of millions of unforgettable moments.

The open-air observation deck wraps around the building’s spire, providing 360-degree views of New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond. On the clearest days, this unforgettable view spans six states, offering glimpses of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware.

Reservations required. Tickets are only valid for the date and time window selected at purchase. All tickets are non-refundable.

Want to skip the lines? Check out our Express Pass!

Want to take it to the next level? Check out the Top Deck observatory for views from the 102nd floor.

86th Floor
Sunset view from the 86th floor observation deck at the Empire State Building
Coin-operated binoculars on the observation deck at the Empire State Building

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