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Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118
Phone Number: +1 212-736-3100
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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Went their at night and it was ok I mean we got the tickets to the highest floors and it was cool and the view was beautiful but I mean it's not surreal or anything. Maybe it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Went their at night and it was ok I mean we got the tickets to the highest floors and it was cool and the view was beautiful but I mean it's not surreal or anything. Maybe it would have been better in the day with more visibility. But still good overall

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We purchased express tickets, so firstly we were kind of grunted at and pointed to walk around a quick line. When we got to the lift where we decided to wait for some friends who were buying tickets on the day. They turned up with audio guides (free with ticket). For some reason none of the staff had bothered to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

We turned up at 10pm hoping it wouldn't be too busy, waited in room after room full of lines for 2 hours, then waited in another line to get down from the observation deck - not worth it. In a city full of awesome rooftop bars there is just no need to stand in never ending queues to get spectacular... More 

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Surat, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We had to stand in a very long queue.Be sure to buy a express pass whether it is a weekend or a weekday.The view from the top was A-maze-ing.The staff was not so friendly,though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A trip to New York isn't complete without a visit to the iconic Empire State Building. We didn't wait more than about 15 minutes to get to the top and the staff was friendly and efficient. The photograph they take costs $25 and you only get the one (on a previous trip we also received several smaller pictures). Although I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

The view is amazing and worth the £22. We went in the evening to avoid massive queues, we purchased que jumpers from outside only to discover they were fake, you can only buy them from inside 😐. Like I said the view is amazing but remember that's all you really get an amazing view. If you want more you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Imagine this is where King King stood. i saw a couple do their second honeymoon and proposal here on top. there is an even higher observation at 118th floor.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

What on earth can there be left to write about this most iconic building? I mean honestly, it's been there for nearly 100 years, it's been in more films and posters than almost anything else, and if you believe Doctor Who, it was built by Darleks to end the time war. For those of you who haven't been, it's everything... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Empire state building is a very tall building of over 102 floors the view from the top of the building is very nice and beautiful but the only negative thing is that it takes lot of time to reach the top over 2 hours in heat also there is a sky ride which is simulator that shows the view of... More 

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El Paso Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Everyone has to do Empire State building in NYC. Even if you buy tickets ahead you still have to wait in line to go thru security, but well worth it!

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