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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 #80 of 858 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 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! « less
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

When in NYC... great vie from the 86th. Yes, there was a queue, but no worse than many...Top tip. Do not forget to get the free headphones and guide....fills up any wasted time

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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I was expecting a bad crowded experience however was pleasantly surprised. Don't get taken in by the hawkers on the street. The queue was OK, cool and went very quickly (11 AM). Great view and memorable place.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting New York City for just a day or two, you should not miss this landmark. The wait in the line might be about three hours but the view from the top is just amazing. Great in the evening. Also, I suggest buying the ticket in advance so that you will at least save 15-20 minutes.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

As it was my first trip to NYC, I had the Empire State Building down on my to do list straight away, however, I was left a little disappointed. We went separately to buy tickets the night before we went up because although I tried to book ahead online there was a problem with the official website. We paid to... More

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england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Theres not a lot to say about the Empire States Building, but the views are fantastic and pre-book your ticket, aslo pay the extra for the queue jumper, as it can take a while to get to the top.

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We arrived just before 8am to find a queue of around 100 people.went to pay for tickets to the top floor and nearly died when the lady said it was $98 for 2 of us.we arrived at the top and just couldn't justify spending that much money on that view.there are plenty of bars and restaurants with rooftop views.I wish... More

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Laval, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The view of New York City from the Empire State Building on the 86th floor was beautiful. You can see a whole lot of people crossing streets (they look like ants!) and the Chrysler building. You could also see the Statue of Liberty but barely. I do not suggest that you pay extra to go on the 108th floor because... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The possible pain of gaining access is worth it for the 360 degree view. The "pain" is the likelihood of long queues - what you see from the pavement is not necessarily an accurate indication of how many people are waiting for an elevator. We visited using our NY CityPASS, and this was the one place that did not give... More

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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It worth the line and wait! Getting on the 86th floor, really amazed me and truly complete my vision! It's one of a life time experienced I ever had, atop the second tallest building in the world!

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Manchester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

views from the top of the building absolutely fantastic, especially on a clear day can see for miles. We got priority tickets which enable you to bypass any queues and go straight to the from - if you can afford this option well work doing it. We went to the very top floor

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