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Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118
Phone Number: +1 212-736-3100
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views...

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!

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You would not have visited NYC if you did not go to at least the 86th floor of the ESB. The building is gorgeous, the line is long. Get the CityPass and skip a lot of the line... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tracey W
Dallas, Texas

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You would not have visited NYC if you did not go to at least the 86th floor of the ESB. The building is gorgeous, the line is long. Get the CityPass and skip a lot of the line. Learn about the building itself and be awed by the things you never knew and the records these visionaries were setting in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went up to the 86th floor, as we had bought the New York Pass for our trip to NYC and that's what was included. We went after we had dinner as I read that line ups during the day can be horrendous and we experienced a brilliant night view of the city skyline. Even though we were there late... More 

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed our trip to New York and one of the highlights was definitely our trip to see the Empire State Building. It was well organised, and informative, and we could spend as much time as we wanted to reading the information displays and listening to the audio guide before going outside and looking down on the city from the viewing... More 

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Calgary, AB Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Want to miss the long lines? Take in the ESB late at night. While the city never sleeps, go when most people are sleeping! Normally I gather it can take you 45 to 60 mins in line to simply get to elevator, but if you go around 11pm, there are NO LINES. In addition, the sight lines at night are... More 

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Elkton, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We almost walked right by it because it basically looked like all the other buildings around it. We found it though. We had no intention of going up into the building, and I feel like if we had we wouldn't have missed it.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed a very good but very cold day trip to ESB in Jan 2016. Also did the One world observatory at night which I thoroughly recommend!!! Felt like the queuing system could be reduced for quieter day as it took ages to walk through!!!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been before during the day & the views are amazing on a clear day, our second visit we went at night (open till 2am) & went to the 102nd floor, absolutely well worth doing an absolute must.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ok, i was warned, it is busy! and yes it is but I was lucky. February should be the lowest of the low season in New York and it pays to choose it for a first visit. I walked in to the Empire State and right up to the viewing platforms as if I owned the place. If you get... More 

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Flint, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stunning views of New York, I'd advise to go at night so you can truly see the 'city that never sleeps' you don't realise how amazing the city is until you see it lit up with 360 degree view.

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Mount Olive, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Empire State Building experience is a must do, at $65 or $100 depending on how high you go it's a little pricy, but worth it. Some go for a photo, we were late so hurried through the exhibits (feedback from others is that it's well worth taking a few minuets here before venturing up. Take your time up top,... More 

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