1. Do day and night
Daytime and evening views from the Empire State Building are equally dazzling. Go up at dusk and wait for the city to light up, or book an AM/PM ticket, which grants you two entries: one during the day and the other at night.
2. Use the restroom beforehand
The Empire State Building has restrooms on the 86th floor but waits can be long in busy periods, so use the facilities before you head up.
3. Bring an extra layer
It’s much windier up at 1,050 feet (320 meters) than at street level, so bring a jacket and a hat to stay warm.
4. Enjoy a musical moment
Amp up the romance with a nighttime visit (Thursday through Saturday after 10pm) when a saxophonist plays at the 86th-floor observatory.
5. Linger in the lobby
Though the observation decks are the star attraction, the magnificent lobby is a close second. Admire the gold- and aluminum-leaf ceiling mural depicting stars and planets with industrial-inspired designs.