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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 #80 of 863 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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George Town, Grand Cayman
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It was a nice view but we were herded through like cattle. Took the stairs between the last couple floors and it was horrible. Too many people all the time.

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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We were in the ESB for around 4 hours. We had a New York Pass which was great value but paid extra for the trip to floor 102. I wish we hadn't bothered. The views from floor 86 were more than enough, although it does get very busy. Floor 102 is surrounded by glass so picture taking not so good.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

A must for any trip to New York - the views are absolutely spectacular, we went to the 86 th floor viewing deck which gave fantastic views. In my opinion not worth the extra to go to the 102nd floor. We went early in the morning and there were no queues at all and had a lovely clear day We... More

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Magnificent views, cannot put into words how brilliant it was. Pretty much on top of the world. May downside was having to pay again if you wanted to go up to top of the mast.

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Dalkeith, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Amazing visit to an iconic building. It maybe doesnt have some of the 'pizzaz' of some of the newer attractions but perhaps that is what sets it apart. Views from 102 floor are breathtaking and in my opinion far better than Top of the Rock. We paid extra for express which was well worth it. Went by huge queues, constantly... More

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Boston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Get here before 10.00 as got very busy when we went. The priority tickets are well worth it we just walked up to lifts and get in next one. Always appeared to have 40-50 people waiting otherwise even on off peak. When we came down "up" queue appeared to be over 100 and rising.

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north east
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Of course the Empire State is a great attraction & well run (def more organised than at the Rockerfeller & the same price!) Do however be careful when buying tickets. You are accosted by loads of authorised ticket sellers outside. We bought from NYC ATTRACTIONS & got dupped. Their guys wear black vests with yellow writing. We paid cash supposedly... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Okay...I've been up on this thing a few times, but I have to say I never get tired of the view!! As other people have said, go early or late in the day as the ques can be insane.(bring a bottle of water in with you). Well worth going up there as no trip to NYC is complete without it!!

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Manila
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

An iconic "must do" in New York - the building itself is a marvel and the views are amazing! Both the 86th and the 102nd floors offer their own advantages - the higher floor vista is spectacular but is viewed through glass. The 86th floor could hardly be described as "low" and has the bonus that the view is open... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We went to the top at sunset time and cannot stop to taking pictures from all directions. This view was the most impressive one and worth to wait long time to get it dark. :-)

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