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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 #78 of 859 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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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went up to 86th floor and this was more than enough (they offer the option to go higher for an additional charge). Good value for money and you get beautiful views 360 degrees around the Empire State Building. I have read previous reviews about 1 hour and 45 minutes queues, which worried me slightly. We got lucky in the... More

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Rainsville, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We went to the Empire State Building around 9 P.M. to see the city lights at night. We opted for the basic ticket that just granted us access to the observation deck. We waited in line to get our tickets, waited to go up to the 80th floor, waited to go up to the observation deck, and then had to... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We went to the 86th and 102nd floor and felt it was worth it. We didn't even have to queue! The lines were so short! I wish we could have done it once at night too.

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Hamilton, Canada
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194 reviews 194 reviews
58 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Loved the views, rather long lines though. Do purchase tickets for the 102nd floor, the views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Next time I would pay extra and get the VIP ticket which helps you skip the lines and take another elevator that moves faster. Also, skip the line for the elevator going up to the 102nd floor by taking... More

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Moncure, North Carolina
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Spectacular views of the city. We bought tickets in advance, so the wait wasn't as long as it would have been. The line to purchase tickets was tremendous. I don't think my kids would have lasted if we'd had to wait in that line.

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Timmins, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

View was as expected once you could work your way through the crowds to the fence and wall. Went to first observation deck only. Paid extra 20.00 dollars for express pass (50.00 in total) which was money well spent. There were very very long line ups everywhere.We went up around 9:00 pm. We had to keep showing our express pass... More

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Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This was on my bucket list and I'm so glad we did it! Don't get talked into buying "queue jumping " tickets by touts outside, they tried to tell us the queue was two hours inside and if we paid more we would only have to wait 30 minutes but we decided to take our chances and ended up queuing... More

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

great of a night time because of the city lights. Can be a bit crowded but you do feel on top of the world. I didn't come across a single giant gorilla once though!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great tour and the views are amazing, we visited both observations decks and were absolutely blown away by the views on the 102nd floor. I think we paid around $15 (around $40 total per person) more per person to go the whole way up. It was worth every penny for the spectacular views. We were there in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the sky ride and seeing all the views from the top. So much fun. It is crowded tho. Nothing like you've seen in the movies so planning ahead is best.

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