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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 #75 of 851 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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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It's a beautiful example of the Art Deco style of architecture. Unfortunately, the construction awning over the sidewalk somewhat obscures the view from below unless you cross the street. I've been to the top too and one line just isn't enough. They make you wait in three or so before your elevator ride up, up, up. The view is amazing... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Staff kept things moving, and we got up pretty quick and out easily. Our kids liked the visit over all and the views from the top. Some of the staff were a little impatient with other slower moving visitors.

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Aberdeen
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing once you get to the top!!! It takes a while but once your up you can stay as long as you like. Recommend getting there first thing to avoid the queues :)

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

From the moment you enter the attraction you will be met with loud and aggressive staff who shout at you constantly. They should send them to the Top of the Rock to see how it should be done. When you get to the deck you will find it crowded with no room to move, they just let too many people... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately we had a cloudy day so the views weren't great. But that aside, we had fast track tickets which I would definitely recommend if you don't mind paying a bit extra as you get to jump all the queues - which are long. If you do have fast track tickets you have to keep telling the staff as there... More

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New Braunfels, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We went up to the observation floor at 11pm. There were no lines and no real wait at the top to be on the rail. The city was beautiful at night. Great view of Times Square and the Freedom Tower as well as a distant view of the Statue of Liberty (bring binoculars or a zoom lens). The building itself... More

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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The view is really breath taking. Don't get intimidated by the long line when you visit the Empire State Building. It moves really fast, as the employees are well trained and really do their job effectively. You SHOULD visit it during your stay in NYC.

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Miramar, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Had a great time, make sure you check forcast before you show up to make sure its not cloudy, otherwise there wont be much to see since your so high up.

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Marathon, WI
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We ordered our tickets in advance and we were up early and here early before the lines got long! If the lines are long by pass the exhibits and head straight to the 86th floor observatory lines - if the line is already established - the exhibits provide something to do while you wait - you can go back later... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We all know Manhattan is huge, but this view gives you a great perspective of just how large. Wonderful views. We went at night which is just different from daytime, not necessarily better. While expensive the Express pass was worth it if you can afford it. You cant judge the lines from what you see because there are many staging... More

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