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Empire State Building

Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: +1 212-736-3100
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Ranked #48 of 616 Attractions in New York City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

We've been to New York many times now, but every time we go we always visit the Empire State Building. Go early as the queues can be quite long. Don't be fooled by purchasing Sky Ride tickets so that you can jump the queues as its a rip off. Also, don't buy tickets from the guys outside. They're all on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

We visited the Empire State Building on 29th January 2015. There was no queue and it was easy to obtain our tickets. We had the New York Pass, so handed this over like a credit card and received our entrance tickets. We'd recommend anyone visiting New York to get the New York Pass, it offers free access to over 80... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Beware the ticket sellers on the street around the ESB. We went inside and bought tix at the second floor counter. THey have a HUGE line that you have to follow....almost a maze....to ge to the elevator to take you to 80th floor or so......then you take another to the 86th. Tix were $29 each for adults....a bit high. If... More 

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Fairview, Pennsylvania
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Visit the ESB at nighttime. There was no line, we walked right to the elevators! It was worth the trip and the price paid to see the views! Helpful people were everywhere to answer questions, direct, etc. It was a helpful way to orient yourself to the city and surrounding areas! Recommend!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

DO NOT get suckered into the official, queue skipping experience It is a rip off The experience once up there is ok and we could have got that for way cheaper and an easier visit too

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Took a school group here on a weekday evening, 10pm. In the past queues have been acceptable. This evening we queued for nearly two hours to get to the viewing platform. The night view once up is great and well worth a small queue. The students thought it was a real highlight. Beautiful Art Deco building. If I was travelling... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

We choose to visit the Empire State Building one afternoon on January 8th 2015 and we choose to go to the 102nd floor. When we alighted on the 80th floor and looked around and then continued to go up to the 86th floor we were met with a line up. Next a female employee came along shouting out that if... More 

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Dubai
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

It's one of those things that you just have to do when you visit New York as it's an iconic building. Great view of the city. Make sure that you go on a clear day and you go early to avoid the cue. Good that we had the express pass (skip the line). But what i wanted was to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

It is indeed one of the most iconic buildings of the world... majestic in nature and TALL!!! Wow... we were dead tired when being stuck in the queues inside but all that effort truly paid off... and when you the NYC from ESB at night... the electrifying view gave me goose bumps... It was the highlight of our visit to... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I was in town with a business colleague who had never been to NYC. We went to the Empire State Building at about 9:00 on a Tuesday night. We never waited in a line. I had been once before in the summer with my family. There were lines then, but they seemed to move quickly enough. The view is always... More 

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