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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 #73 of 848 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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Knightdale, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting the Empire State Building, bite the bullet and get the Express Pass. It is totally worth every penny. There were people in line for HOURS who we were escorted right past by the awesome staff. A buddy and I visited around 8pm, just before sunset. We bypassed ALL lines and were zipped up to the 102... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great staff, great views, we purchased the VIP pass so we skipped the lines so instead of waiting 30 mins it took 5. What a magnificent structure.

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florida
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My aunt & I visited the ESB on Sat., July 5th. Got there about 9:00 am and was able to go right up to the 86th. floor. I had purchased our tickets ahead of time via ESB web site a couple of months earlier (good for 1 year from date of purchase). No crowds and no long lines. The earlier... More

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Boston, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited the Empire State Building early on a Friday morning in July. We were specifically excited to visit the 102nd floor in the needle on top of the building. I recommend visiting early on a weekday because the lines were quite short. We did wait a little to get to the ticketing window. We were told to purchase tickets... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Got here early to avoid queues! Was a nice day so could see plenty of the city! Long way up glad we had a queue jump pass could be waiting for a long time otherwise! Lots of info on the way up enjoyed the experience would recommend going to Thai site!!

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West Memphis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went to the Empire State Building after an evening of shopping. There was no line at all. It kind of made me feel rushed and it seems as if there is a lot of interesting things to see and learn about while standing in line. It has an audio tour and even tells about the window replacements to be... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A great view although not as impressive as Observation deck at Rockefeller centre. Avoid peak time queues by paying the extra upgrade fee for 'express' ticket. Well worth it!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What an amazing view of an amazing city! I would recommended going to the top of the building but make sure you pay the extra amount and get the ticket where you can skip the lines!! We spoke to people who didn't and they waited up to 3 hours! Was 100% worth paying the extra amount as we got to... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Visited the Empire State building which was an amazing attraction. However we were herded like cattle and the staff seemed to be just going through the motions to get folks up to the top. The views were amazing at night. The rides on the elevator were very claustrophobic when they kept stuffing more and more people in, so tightly that... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was not sooooo glad about seeing. Initially, yes we were excited on seeing it. But upon seeing it, I figured the CN tower was much better. It was crowded nut we did get to the ticket counter within 45 minutes. Avoid the tour guides outside - not worth it. Stand in line, it moves quickly - go early if... More

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