INSIDE: The Only Guide on the Empire State Building for Kids.
The Empire State Building is up there in the top 10 iconic buildings in New York, and one that gives you a fabulous 360 degree views of Manhattan, New York City and beyond on a sunny day.
Travelling to the Empire State Building with kids? You’ll love our Ultimate Guide to the Empire State Building for Kids.
Read below for all the tricks to cope with busy lines, queues, and avoiding wait times, plus the best things to do for kids at Empire State Building (those super fast elevators are the highlight!).
- 1 The Empire State Building for Kids
- 2 Inside the Empire State Building
- 3 Buy the tickets to the 102nd floor observatory.
- 4 Empire State Building Facts
- 5 Movies filmed at Empire State Building
- 6 Empire State Building App
- 7 Pictures of Empire State Building Views
- 8 The Inside Scoop – Visit the Empire State Building
- 9 Toadstool Rating- Empire State Building with Kids
- 10 Looking for MORE Super Fun Things to Do in NEW YORK CITY with Kids?
The Empire State Building for Kids
- The first step is to be FLEXIBLE with your New York itinerary so you can head up on a clear day if at all possible. I wouldn’t waste my time or money heading up if it’s overcast. There’s nothing to see.
- The second step is to have some kind of EXPRESS PASS to skip the lines. (We love the New York Pass, because you can save big bucks visiting lots of kid-friendly attractions and museums in NYC)
- The third step is to book central accommodation and GO EARLY. Visit between 8am and 11am. New York doesn’t really get going till 10am, so take advantage of late sleeping tourists and beat the crowds with a short walk.
Inside the Empire State Building
The observatories are on the 86th and 102nd floors. An average of 4 million visitors take the elevator to the top each year, which is exactly why the express pass is necessary!
Enter through the new guest entrance and Visitor Center on 34th Street. This is a spacious, fully air-conditioned venue designed for visitors to orient themselves, clear security, and buy tickets at the self-serving kiosks (or print if you buy tickets online).
BYO snacks and a small water bottle to avoid potential meltdowns in queues.
The Observation Deck wraps around the building’s spire, providing 360-degree views of New York and beyond. From up here you’ll get one-of-a-kind views of Central Park, The Hudson River and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and much more. The official Observatory Experience app teaches you about your view from every direction. Then take advantage of the high-powered binoculars to get a closer look.
Visit the souvenir shop on the 80th floor before you go. It’s open seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Visitors now exit Empire State Building through the lobby. This is where you can see the Art Deco inspired ceiling murals and spot the famous image of the Empire State Building with beams of light radiating out from the mast. (It’s above the front desk.)
Buy the tickets to the 102nd floor observatory.
It’s extra but worth it! You only live once.
The Top Deck is the spot to see the most spectacular views of the city, the grid of streets, Central Park, and up to 80 miles beyond.
Empire State Building Facts
How tall is the Empire State Building?
It’s a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. The building has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
When was the Empire State Building built?
Construction on the building itself started on March 17, 1930, with an average construction rate of one floor per day. It opened on May 1, 1931, thirteen and a half months after the first steel beam was erected. The base covers 2 acres!
How many floors are in the Empire State Building?
The building has 85 floors of commercial and office space. It has an indoor and outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor, the highest floor within the actual tower. The remaining 16 stories are part of the Art Deco spire, which is capped by an observatory on the 102nd-floor. The spire is hollow with no floors between levels 86 and 102.
What color is the Empire State Building?
The exterior of the building is clad in Indiana limestone panels sourced from the Empire Mill in Sanders, Indiana, which give the building its signature blonde color.
How many steps in Empire State Building?
The building rises 1,860 steps from the first to the 102nd floor
What’s at the top of Empire State Building?
Atop the tower is the 203 ft (61.9 m) pinnacle, much of which is covered by broadcast antennas, and surmounted with a lightning rod.
How many elevators in the Empire State Building?
It has 6,500 windows and 73 elevators including service elevators.
With thanks to Empire State Building Wikipedia
Movies filmed at Empire State Building
How many movies feature the Empire State Building? It has been featured in more than 250 TV shows and movies since the film King Kong was released in 1933.
Our favourite movie featuring the Empire State Building is ELF with Will Ferrell. (Here’s a few facts you probably didn’t know about the movie ELF)
Empire State Building App
A free multimedia tour APP is included with every admission to the Empire State Building.
Kids love this. Ned was fascinated with the history of the building, and pointing out iconic landmarks too.
Pictures of Empire State Building Views
The Inside Scoop – Visit the Empire State Building
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in US dollars.
Empire State Building Address: It’s located on the west side of Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets.
Website: Click here
Empire State Building Open Hours: Open every day, including all holidays, 365 days a year, rain or shine from 8am to 2am.
Empire State Building Ticket Prices:
- Kids under six are free. If you’re bringing a stroller, you’ll need to fold it before entering the elevator.
- 86th Floor observatory only: Prices start from $37 adults and $31 children 6-12 years. Express pass level start from $65 per person.
- 86th floor AND 102nd floor: Prices start from $57 adults and $51 children 6-12 years. Express passes from $85 per person.
Empire State Building Tickets and Express Passes:
- Observatory tickets purchased online may be used at any time from one year of purchase.
- Tickets purchased at the ticket office may be used at any time from 14 days of purchase.
- Express Pass tickets are not sold on the streets in front of the Empire State Building, only on this website or from our onsite ticket office
- Get Express Passes online and skip all the lines.
How to get there: Click here for directions
Parking: Leave the car at home.
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: Click here for restaurants and cafes in the Empire State Building.
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table. Go BEFORE you head up to the observation decks.
Disability access: Yes
Closest playground: Heckscher Park playground at the entrance to Central Park is a 30 minute walk. Catch the subway if you prefer.
The Empire State Building for Kids was last reviewed in October 2018.
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