It took me 4 trips to the Big Apple but I finally got to see the sights from the highest open-air observatory deck in New York City…located 86 floors up the Empire State Building!
I feel like I’ve waited to climb to the top of the Empire State Building since the first time I watched Sleepless in Seattle!
Of course, there are plenty of movies that feature this iconic building… but I remember being a kid and watching Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan atop this gorgeous skyscraper in Manhattan and just knowing I had to go see this amazing city.
Empire State Building: The Highest Open-Air Observatory in NYC
There are 2 other floors you can observe the city views from as well.
The Dare to Dream exhibit is on the 80th floor and is a museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Empire State Building(ESB).
There are some pretty good views out of the windows on this floor…
it’s just a bit too crowded for me…
The 102nd floor is the highest point inside the Empire State building to see spectacular views…
but the best views from the Empire State Building can be found on the 86th-floor open-air deck.
On my recent trip to New York City, I headed to the Empire State Building on my last day before leaving.
…and what a gorgeous day it was to do this!
From the highest-open air observatory in New York City, you will see stunning views of Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade, the Chrysler Building and so much more!!
Central Park looks so tiny…
If you’re afraid of heights don’t look down…
Have you ever looked at a Caution Sign and wondered…
Who was doing this for them to have to put a warning sign up?!?
I had a blast taking in the beautiful views and snapping pics around the 360-degree observation deck!!
NYC, specifically Manhattan, always puts a smile on my face…
but this is one memory I will never forget!!
Extra Info for the Empire State Building:
To check and see what colors will appear on the ESB during your visit Click Here.
Hours of Operation:
- Open 365 Days a Year.
- Rain or Shine.
- 8am until 2am
- Last Elevator at 1:15am
After seeing these breath-taking views during the day I’ve added viewing the sunset from the top of the Empire State Building to the Bucket List for my 2019 NYC trip!!
So stay tuned for future Big City Adventures!!
Hope You Have Fun in the Big Apple!!
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