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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 #62 of 830 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 the 86th floor, 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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Grantham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Queued for 3 hours starting at 10am to get to the top. A very long wait. The view is good but not worth 3 hours. Went back up at nighttime and only queued for an hour. Much more worthwhile, and the view was better with the city all lit up. I'd only go back if there was a VERY short... More

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Tustin, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I have to agree with another reviewer that the staff were rude and not friendly at all. On top of this I was totally scammed by NY Skyline selling me an "express" ticket to by-pass the long line. Empire State Building claims no relationship with these folks but interesting that they let the NY Skyline visitors merge into their line... More

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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A must whilst visiting NYC. Pre book your fast pass to avoid the peak time queues and choose a clear sunny day if you can to really take in the amazing views.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
3 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Aside from the fact that this is an iconic building, i never realised it would be so beautiful. The art deco silver doors and decor in this building are just beautiful. I loved it. We visited in February so it was quieter than other times of the year. Thank goodness. I could see the ropes set out for massive queues.... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The whole empire state building experience was an excercise in lining up, going through customs and waiting for nothing special. Tickets were not the cheapest and you had to pay an extra $17 just to got to the 102nd level which was no higher and a smaller more enclosed confined area crowded with tourists. You battle with a crowd of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited around 430 pm. No queues. Ofcourse we purchased tickets on line. It's a bit of a puzzle getting to the lift and finally the floors, but once up there I was literally speechless. Spectacular views and a sense of being on top of the world. Literally. Don't miss it in your NYC trip.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We observed a family from Barcelona stand in line for an hour, only for them to be told they were in the wrong line for the observation deck! A young couple with a 6 year old! No employees were going through the lines checking tickets and assisting all these people in the big apple! Seriously, I am an American and... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic view of Manhattan. We went very early in the morning when there was just a small queue and the weather was perfect. The next morning the top was covered in clouds.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is another must visit in NYC. It is very similar to top of the rock however with a slightly more expensive entry fee. You can see beautiful reviews over new York. We went at just before sun set so we saw the views in day light and at night. I would recommend this best of both worlds to anyone.... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This was my Wife's first trip to NYC and this made the Empire State Building a must do. I had been once before and it was 12 years ago. I considered Top Of The Rock but even if the views are reportedly better it is just not as iconic as the Empire State Building. We went about 14:00 on a... More

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