The 86th-floor observatory of the Empire State Building is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. And, the views are incredible. But, for an additional fee of $18 you can visit the 102nd floor. And, that’s precisely what I did! Purchase your upgraded pass on the 86th floor, the process to purchase the pass is confusing on the first floor.
On a clear day, you can see 80 miles beyond the skyscrapers of New York City. The day I visited the clouds were overcast, but the views were still incredible. Guests enter the 102nd-floor observatory from a small elevator off the 86th-floor observatory.
The 102nd floor is not for the faint of heart! Space is enclosed, incredibly small; only one guest could fit comfortably in some sections of the viewing platform. There is a raised platform that runs the perimeter of the platform. You’ll take turns with your fellow guests to view the city. The experience can be harrowing, but the vantage point is worth the experience.
The 102nd-floor features exposed steel beams. These beams are engraved with the iconic Carnegie Steel Company logo. Legend has it these beams were delivered still warm from the factory and used to create the skeleton of the Empire State Building. These views and beams make a visit to the 102nd floor worthwhile.
- Amanda is a native of Richmond, VA. She enjoys writing, blogging, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.