I’m always in New York but I’ve never been to the top of the Empire State building until recently. It was an amazing experience and I took tons of pictures. You really do feel like you’re on top of the world.
I purchased my tickets online. The tickets are valid anytime within a 1 year period. For all the students, or those who still have their student ID, you can purchase discounted tickets but it’s only available online.
Be prepared to stand in line, depending on what time of day you visit the wait can be up to 2 1/2 hours. Early morning and around 3 o’clock is when they say is the least crowded. Personally I would recommend trying to get to the top before sundown that way you can experience both day and night.
The tour starts on the 2nd floor of the Empire State building. Here you learn about the renovations that took place over the years.
The next stop is floor 80. When the Empire State was completed in 1931 the 80th floor was the highest an elevator has ever gone. So this floor is all about the history. It’s also really beautiful and available to rent for functions. I immediately thought it would be perfect for a wedding reception…..for someone else of course. 😉
After the history you head to the observatory decks. There is one on the 86th floor and 102nd floor.
This is where the hand held device comes in handy. The observatory is divided into sections that correspond to a section on the handheld device. You can find out what you’re looking at by clicking the corresponding section. From the top you can see things like the Statue of Liberty, Madison Square Garden and Central park.