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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
Description: 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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discount for seniors which was good. seemed to take ages to get to the lifts. only went to the 86th. floor. The weather being clear, we were able to see some wonderful views from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

discount for seniors which was good. seemed to take ages to get to the lifts. only went to the 86th. floor. The weather being clear, we were able to see some wonderful views from all sides. plenty of viewing machines including ones for children. Had my binoculars with me which was an added bonus and recommend others take a pair.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We went at 4:00 in the afternoon on a weekday, and there were no lineups, which was awesome. There were lots of ropes, though, so lineups obviously do happen...a lot, probably. We got the two-view ticket, which allowed us access to the two observation levels. It was worth picking up the free headphones and audio tour for sure. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Although I am scared to death of heights I just knew I had to do this experience, encouraged by the company I was with we decided to do this on the last day of our trip to NY so time was of the essence. As we approached the building we were stopped by touts selling tickets saying they could cut... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We liked to visit this famous building but the lines to buy tickets were huge. The whole process of getting through the building is slow and frustrating. The view from the top is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A fantastic iconic building to visit, the art deco interior is beautiful and the views from the 86th and 102nd floors are breathtaking. The ESB staff have a well organised routine to transport visitors to where they want to go as quickly as possible, it is even quicker if you buy your tickets in advance online. (It never ceases to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We purchased the 86 th floor and 102 nd floor pass. I would agree the 102 nd view is nice but frankly you see just as much on the 86 th floor. I don't think I would recommend spending the extra money. The 86 th floor was great with the outside view. It is beautiful and can get crowded but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This place is ideal to be with your partner looking thr magestic view of the city and beyond. And its very accessable from both sides of the city either by bus, subway or cab or you could walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Undeniably a must-do for any NYC visit. The views from the top balcony are breathtaking, as you'd expect but, as I've mentioned in my other reviews, the history and information, though interesting, seems rather spread too thinly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It is always very thrilling to stand on the top (or nearly the top!!) of this great building.Of course, don't go in rain , it has to be visited in nice and clear weather.Go early morning as soon as it opens or later in the afternoon if you want to avoid the crowds. It is free if you have a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We booked the tickets for the ESB online and then when we arrived there was a huge queue outside the building. There were some guys selling entry tickets, claiming that they give us priority in entering. Normally we wouldn't buy them, but we were running out of time as we had a flight back to Europe in the evening, so... More 

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