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Empire State Building at night – AM/PM experience at ESB

Empire State Building at night

When in New York City, it is a must to visit the world’s most famous building – Empire State Building.

This Art Dec skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan is the ultimate window on the New York City.

Its roof height is 1,250 feet (381 meters) high and from such a height it provides you with one of the best possible views of, the ‘Big Apple’.

One of the major dilemma in the minds of a tourist planning a trip to the Empire State building is – should it be a day visit or a night visit?

Empire State Building day or night?

The empire state building’s Observation deck is a Panorama which allows for a 360-degree view.

Visitors are known to have said, “it feels as if you are standing on top of the city.”

On a clear day, you’ll be able to see as far as the five states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

Around 20,000 tourists visit the building daily, most of whom visit during the daytime.

This leads to long queues during the day.

However, this is just one reason why visitors say, “the experience of visiting the ESB at night is more desirable.”

ESB night visit – why is it more desirable?

There are just so many advantages to visiting the Empire State Building at night.

We list them all here –

– You will be able to spot many famous illuminated skyscrapers (including the Wall Street)

– The Hudson River looks breathtaking, with the reflection of the city lights and the lit-up ferries moving across it

– From the top of the Empire State Building, you will be able to 80 miles of a ‘carpet’ of lights

– You can also spot the Statue of Liberty holding her torch, gleaming above the New York harbor

– You can also see the shimmering lights of the of Williamsburg and Brooklyn bridge

– You get to enjoy the city view and at the same time, you can star gaze as you get a close-up view of the night sky. It is like watching into two different galaxies, one above you and one that is below you.

– You get your own personal space as the crowds are minimal during this time.

– It is perfect for a romantic getaway as the vibes are just perfect with the lit-up view and starry sky

– Most of the days there is a live saxophonist at night who, hold your breath, takes requests

– If you are a photography freak, this is the perfect time for you to capture the night sky and the city lights from such great height

The building itself has thousands of programmable LED lights which change colors on holidays and special observances.

You can see a lit-up Empire State Building only at night.

AM/PM experience at Empire State building

While there are many advantages of visiting the Empire State Building at night, some tourists didn’t want to forego the day views from the building.

They placed their request to the Empire State Building management, who promptly introduced what they called ‘AM/PM Experience at Empire State Building.’

This option has been available only since 2017 and allows you to visit the Empire State building both during the day and at night.

AM/PM combo pass allows you to enjoy both, at a special price.

These tickets are also known as Empire State Building day and night tickets.

Buy TicketsEmpire State Building AM/PM Experience tickets

When to come during the day?

To make your day trip to the Empire State Building a pleasurable experience we suggest the time slot between 8 am and 10 am.

The crowd is less and the queues are short.

In fact, this is the time frame Empire State Building management also suggests you stick to.

When to enjoy the night view?

Most recommended time to visit is either at the twilight when you can catch the glimpses of the sky changing colors and the stars shimmering along with it.


After 9 pm as the queues start getting shorter as there aren’t many people visiting the ESB at this hour of the night.

The last elevator up to the observatory departs at 1:15 a.m.

Hitting the ESB between midnight near the closing time allows you to enjoy both – a night out in New York and visiting the world’s most famous building.

Buy Tickets‘Skip The Line’ Empire State Building tickets

These flexi-date and flexi time, USD 34 tickets help you skip the line at the entrance.

Buy TicketsSuper ‘Skip The Line’ Empire State Building tickets

With these flexi-date and flexi time, USD 64 tickets you skip all the lines, except the security line.

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