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

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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i booked the tickets direct with the Empire State Building so we could go to the 86th and 102nd floor. I wasn't disappointed the views are amazing. We went early evening and... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

i booked the tickets direct with the Empire State Building so we could go to the 86th and 102nd floor. I wasn't disappointed the views are amazing. We went early evening and avoided any queues. The staff are so smart and friendly. As it was November it was very christmassy too

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Hubbs and I wanted to test our new camera and monopod aka selfie stick setup. We couldn't think of a better place to do that than the empire state building. That and it's kind of the romantic couple-y thing to do isn't it? The interior is beautifully kept and impressive entrance. The crowds were managed in an organized fashion, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Surely one can't go to NYC and not go up the Empire State Building. The views really are memorable whether you go during the day or at night. In fact we went during the day and were given a voucher to return for free that same night (only). The only critical thing to remember is to buy a New York... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is pretty amazing...the first time. After that, I'd recommend Top of the Rock for skyline views.

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It may have been an architectural marvel at some time, but there are better ways to spend your time when you are in NYC. The queues are too long and you keep going in circles. It was a total waste of time for me.

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I agree with those of you who advise against buying from street vendors - buy online - it's safer and potentially cheaper. We arrived at 8.45 on a bright sunny November morning and literally walked straight in.....no queues anywhere. We negotiated the tortuous path around all the displays ( which were interesting ) and took the lift to the 80... More 

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Beautiful evening! Unbelievable views! There were a lot of people but the crowd moved quickly! Take the stairs as much as possible!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked on line before we came to New York, and collected our tickets in the main building. Found the Empire State Building really easy using the map. We were lucky as there was no real queue's the time we choose to go which was late afternoon to catch the sun set. Our timing could not have been more perfect if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

On your walk toward the Empire State Building many, many people will offer you tickets and a VIP pass. We smartly ignored them and checked the line length inside before paying for this shortcut past the lines. There was no need to pay extra to skip lines that weren't there. We also didn't pay to go up higher than the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some nice features inside but staff not as nice as at the rockerfella smaller viewing platforms mean it's harder to take photos

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