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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 #64 of 831 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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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

A trip to NYC isn't complete for a first timer until you've been up the Empire State Building. Unfortunately access is pricey but if you go on a day with good weather, it's still money well spent.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The view from the Empire State Building is one of a kind. Although it's arguable that the view from the Top of the Rock is better (because you can see the Empire State Building), it is pretty cool to be on the top of that building. Put let's be honest, there's not too much up there - just an absolute... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We got a ticket as a part of New York Pass. Once arrived at the building there was a little waiting-line outside the building. We thought: well, it does not look that bad. Until we came inside: waiting lines seemed to be infinite! It took us 2h30min waiting (at 10pm) to get on the top. View was great. But if... More

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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Empire State Building is massive waste of time and money. It's $29 per person to ride an elevator, and the lines are 3-5 hours long. You have the option of buying a "VIP pass" so you can jump to the front of some of the lines, but that's an extra $25 per person. Who on earth wants to pay... More

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Queretaro, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We visited the Empire State at night, views from the observatory are great. Liked it more than Top of the Rock

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cheshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This was supposed to be a highlight but was far from that Total chaos and felt drained by whole experience Queues were awful whenever we tried to go so decided would just have to go for it Then sold so called fast track sky ride ticket just outside Empire State building It got us in building and avoided some queues... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Over 2 hour queue from 1900, best to go 0800 to avoid. Very good view once there. Ticket policy wasn't clear. I am British army & desk was very reluctant to give military discount, although she did.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

For a beautiful view of NYC... but be prepared to wait a couple of hours to reach the top! It gets very packed!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Wife and I visited with our great nephew on April 17th. It was spring break and it had rained much of the previous day, so I think we experienced a much heavier crowd than normal. We had the NY Pass, but it didn't seem to help any with avoiding the queues. If you see a long line at the start... More

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Portreath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Great experience but the queues can be immense. We went on an Easter Saturday evening to get the sunset on a clear day and we were told the queues were at least two hours. My advice is that if you don't want to queue you have two options, go at opening time or get the VIP pass which we paid... More

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