The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced additional amenities designed to enhance the visitor’s experience. The binoculars located on the open-air 86th floor Observation Deck are now free of charge for guests’ viewing pleasure, alongside the free Empire State Building Observatory Experience and Destination Midtown apps, and free Wi-Fi available at the ESB.
“As we welcome millions of visitors from around the world, we continue to make free additions and modernizations to enhance the visitor experience at the Observatory,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, Senior Vice President of the Empire State Building Observatory. “We are expanding upon the already all-inclusive experience of visiting our world-famous Observatory by offering this additional amenity.”
The powerful, full-circle rotation binoculars allow visitors to magnify the unobstructed views in every direction. The ESB’s 86th floor Observatory is ADA compliant, equipped with lowered viewing walls and binoculars. Formerly, they required payments with coins.
The Empire State Building Observatory Experience and Destination Midtown apps are available to download for free from either the Apple Store or Google Play. Visitors may also download them upon arrival via free Wi-Fi. As guests travel through the building, the Empire State Building Observatory Experience app is designed to ensure visitor engagement for the entirety of their experience. As guests explore the surrounding neighborhood, the Destination Midtown app provides visitors with an expertly curated itinerary to iconic attractions and hidden gems located in Midtown Manhattan, all within 15 minutes walking distance of the iconic Empire State Building.