While in New York City, take a fun and informative tour of America’s Largest Department Store, Macy’s Herald Square. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Macy’s flagship store is store unlike any other. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the historic building has become a classic New York City icon. Throughout the tour, your guide will share the history of Macy’s, the department store chain that was founded by Rowland Hussey Macy more than 150 years ago. Hear stories about the building’s architecture and history, and gain insight into the store’s marketing campaigns.
Afterwards, take a 10 minute stroll to the iconic Empire State Building and get an unparalleled 360-degree view of New York City. See famous landmarks such as Central Park, One World Trade Center, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square.
What You'll Experience
This historic landmark has been restored with stunning Art Deco ceiling murals. Above the front desk is one of the most famous images anywhere in New York City – a depiction of the building itself with beams of light radiating from the mast. Guests will be able to experience the Main Deck on the 86th floor which is the highest open-air observatory in New York! Enjoy 360-degree views of New York and beyond — Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.
Dare to Dream Exhibit (Located on the 80th floor before your final elevator to the 86th Floor Observatory)
An elevator ride to the 80th floor brings you to the Dare to Dream exhibit that captures the buildings history, engineering and construction work. See period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes and more, all paying tribute to the more than 3,400 workers who helped to create this building.
Do I need to book a time when I visit the Empire State Building?
No. You may visit at any time between 8AM and 2AM, with last elevators going up at 1:15 AM. Tickets are valid for entry at the Empire State Building up to 7 days from the date on your voucher
Does my ticket give me access to the 102nd floor observatory?
No. Your ticket is General admission entry to the 86th floor observatory. Tickets to the 102nd-floor observatory are sold at the observatory ticket office, on the 2nd floor of the building. Admission costs $20.00 in addition to regular admission tickets.
Is the Empire State Building ADA compliant?
The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. They have handicapped restrooms on the 86th Floor Observatory and also have lowered viewing walls and binoculars.
Service dogs are allowed throughout the building.
Motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted.
The 86th Floor has ramps to make getting around easier and lowered viewing walls so that visitors in chairs can still take in the view. The 102nd Floor currently has a higher wall, but they are working to make it more accessible to all our visitors.
What is the Empire State Building's Child Policy?
Kids under six are free. If you’re bringing a stroller, you’ll need to fold it before entering the elevator.
Where is the entrance?
Empire State Building visitors should enter through their visitors’ center at 20 W. 34th St. Other entrances on 34th and 33rd Streets are reserved for tenants and their visitors.
Do they have an audio guide?
When and why does the tower change colors?
The Empire State Building changes the tower lights to recognize holidays and events throughout the year.
- Tour of the Macy’s Herald Square flagship store in Midtown Manhattan.
- Ride the vintage wooden escalators, the first escalator to be used in a New York City department store.
- Hear about the history and architecture of Macy’s Herald Square, listed as a National Historic Landmark.
- Receive a Macy’s Visitor Savings Pass that offers shopping discounts.