The Empire State Building is an 88-years-old skyscraper in the 5th Avenue, Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
It is highly popular amongst the tourists. So much so, it was named ‘America’s Favourite Architecture’.
Your New York City trip will be incomplete if you don’t take out the time to visit this marvelous creation.
So, shouldn’t you know the best time to visit the Empire State building?
Empire State building timings
Located at the heart of Manhattan, this 102 story Art Dec skyscraper welcomes visitors on all 365 days of the year.
The Empire State Building opens at 8 in the morning and closes at 2 am in the night.
The last trip up is at 1:15 a.m. after which the elevator is shut down.
Regarding the tour hours, there are no time limits or specific visiting hours but, you should allow at least one hour for your visit.
If you are planning to visit both the main deck and the top deck, you may need more than an hour.
Best time to see the sunrise from Empire State building
The best sunrise in New York is perhaps seen from the 86th floor of this ginormous building.
Before the building’s gates open for the general public, a limited set of 100 tourists are let in at 5 am. If you can spare $100 per person, this will be a worthwhile experience.
Access to the observatory, on top of the Empire State Building, is provided only 30 minutes before the sunrise.
This experience helps the tourists see an amazing view of the city that never sleeps, as it wakes up.
If you plan to see the sunrise from the Empire State Building, please plan and book early. Most tourists prefer booking online tickets.
Best time to visit Empire State during the day
To make the most out of your trip to the Empire State Observatory, you should visit the building from 8 am to 10 am.
During this period, there is no crowd and the queues are short. In fact, this is the time frame Empire State Building office recommends.
It is always better to consider the weather before visiting the Empire State Building.
On a clear day, you’ll be able to see as far as the five states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts and if the weather is bad, you’ll hardly be able to see anything at all.
When you buy your tickets online, you don’t wait in the line at the ticket office thus saving yourself half an hour to one hour depending on the season.
If you want to skip all the lines, buy the VIP Express Entry pass, and be ushered in like a celebrity.
Best time to visit Empire State building at night
The wondrous night view of the NYC, from the observatory which is on the 102nd floor will leave you astounded.
The perfect time to enjoy this view is after 9 p.m.
The last elevator up to the observatory leaves at 1:15 am. Reaching ESB around midnight means you can enjoy both a night out and the world’s most famous building.
Crowds are also minimal during this time and it will take you not more than 20 minutes to reach the observatory.
During this time period, there aren’t many tourists, making it as private an experience as possible.
The building has thousands of programmable LED lights which are used to observe holidays.
For instance, on the Fourth of July, the tower is lit up with red, white, and blue lights.
Empire State Building also celebrates world cultures, milestones and events by lighting itself up differently every night.
Best time to take photos from Empire State building
The Observation deck at the top of the building provides a 360-degree view of the city of New York. Won’t you just love to capture it with your camera?
Do check in advance, if it is going to be a cloudy day because you won’t want to go home disappointed.
Be aware that it is difficult to take selfies and photos with the city view from the 86th floor as the protective fencing comes in between.
To capture the spectacular view of the Manhattan Skyline from the Empire State Building, here is a well known ‘secret.’
One of the best times to visit the Empire State Building Observatory to click amazing photos is, just before the sunset.
You’ll be able to capture the views of the City in daylight and then also, the surreal view of the millions of hues gleaming, along with the shimmer of the nightfall.
Do check the waiting line in advance, and to be on the safer side buy an express ticket online, which allows you to skip all the lines and be there just in time.
Master Tip: Here is a free tip to capture the magnificence of this building during the daytime. Instead of trying to shoot from a distance, you must stand right under the structure, align your camera in portrait mode and point it almost straight up. Now, adjust your camera’s view so that the building is framed from the bottom of your camera’s viewfinder to the top. And Click!