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Empire State Building

350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118 (Manhattan)
+1 212-736-3100
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Ranked #76 of 856 Attractions in New York City
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views of New York City and beyond from 8 a.M. Until 2 a.M. Daily. Our 86th and... more » Owner description: The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views of New York City and beyond from 8 a.M. Until 2 a.M. Daily. Our 86th and 102nd floor Observation Decks offer the two highest vantage points in New York City. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Office Building. Named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, the Empire State Building is one of New York City's top tourist destinations. On a clear day, you can see up to five states from our Observation Decks - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Guests can enjoy our outdoor viewing area on our open-air 86th floor Observatory, or our indoor climate-controlled viewing areas on the 86th and 102nd floors. We recently launched our new Multimedia Experience as well, which guides visitors through the extraordinary exhibits and breathtaking views with additional depth on the building's history in eight languages - including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean. The Empire State Building aims to provide entertainment for guests of all ages. Bringing children? Have their picture taken with King Kong himself on our 80th floor from Thursdays through Mondays (12 p.M. Until 9 p.M.). Celebrating a first date or an anniversary? Enjoy romantic tunes from our saxophone player from 9 p.M. Until midnight every Thursday through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased through our website. Our celebrated tower lights are often illuminated to commemorate holidays, events and special causes. In the Fall of 2012, we upgraded our tower lighting system from floodlights to one-of-a-kind LED tower lights. The state-of-the-art system allows customized lighting capabilities from a palette of over 16 million colors! To watch some of our recent light shows, visit our YouTube page. Reigning as the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1970, the Empire State Building is known for its distinct Art Deco style. Construction of the renowned icon only took one year and 45 days, and logged more than 7 million man hours. This is the fastest construction to date for a project of its scale. Additionally, from classics like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle to recent hits such as Oblivion and Elf, our place in pop culture has been solidified since our early days. In fact, over 200 movies and TV shows have featured the Empire State Building in them! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Plan at least an hour to go through security, buy tickets, stand in line when the weather is good. We almost missed the sunset, but are so glad we caught it. We paid the extra to go to the 102nd floor, but it was all inside and very crowded. Not sure the extra $ was worth it because the view... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My husband, daughter & I visited NYC for 4 nights as a 21st birthday treat for our daughter. We opted out of buying the city pass as we did not want to be tied into a purchase that dictated where we visited, wanting instead to 'go with the flow' depending on weather & aching legs. We got there for mid... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is an absolute must if you are in New York! The views are absolutely amazing! I would recommend going in the morning to try an beat some of the crowds, it can get very busy. It was a really enjoyable experience, and I highly recommend doing it!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We visited the Empire State Building last year. Since then, I've been meaning to write and say one of the best decisions we made on our whole trip to America was to buy the 'Skip the Queue' pass for this attractions. We wanted to experience the late afternoon light, dusk and evening from up there. We got a little delayed,... More

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Great Harwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Fast, efficient service and really friendly staff who couldn't do enough for you-just what you'd expect in america!!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Tried the ESB at night and the views were stunning even when you were at the 86th floor observation deck. The two major downfalls were 1) too crowded (we waited almost 1 hour to reach the 86th floor because all the elevators were overwhelming) 2) it's all fenced!! (So a good selfie was not possible when you saw fences everywhere).... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The view from the top was so nice, it was worth paying for the express pass, you could bypass most of the line and get to see the 86th and the 102nd floor.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The view from the Observation Deck of The Empire State Building is magical. It is a view that you can only see from this wonderful Art Deco style American icon. The building itself is full of charm and a wonder that was built during one of the toughest economic times American has ever known. Even though I grew up in... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The Empire State Building is a must when you visit New York. Both night and day you get an amazing view of the city. If going at night you're better off waiting to see if it's a clear night to make sure you get the most of it. It's a busy attraction, so there was a bit of a line... More

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Dover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We booked this on the day. Went up to 86th floor. 360 degree great views. Simulator on way up that rocks from side to side and dips down (not as bad as usual ones!!) Included in ticket is a headphone set to give extra info. Would recommend

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