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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 #49 of 629 Attractions in New York City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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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ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Long line during peak hours. We only went to the 86 floor not all the way to the top. With smaller children, they can get restless in the lines. I would suggest vising at off times if you can to avoid the lines. We had purchased the City Pass and thought we would avoid the long lines, but that was... More

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi type1mom- During our busier summer months, our lines are typically shorter early in the morning at 8 a.m. and later at night after 11 p.m. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building More

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

It was great to visit this historic building and see NYC from this vantage point. It was interesting how closer things looked on the 102nd floor compared to the 86th observatory. I would definitely recommend both observation points and spending the extra money for the express ticket. There was still some waiting and congestion with the express but I imagine... More

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi Trudy S- We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our views and found the Express Pass to be an advantage. If you took any great photos, you consider entering our photo contest on Facebook. Thank you for your visit and your review. - Empire State Building More

manhattan beach
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

Pay for the express ticket and 102floor. It's worth it. Without the express I waited 2 hours! Top viewing deck is awesome!

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi charlessouthey- We're glad you enjoyed the views from the 102nd floor Observatory. As one of the top tourist destinations in New York, a tip for visiting during the summertime, is that our lines tend to be shorter around 8 a.m. and after 11 p.m. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building More

Thedford, Ontario
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

It was great to get to the Empire State Building and see the view of the city but there were a few things that made it difficult to enjoy. First, there were so many people around trying to sell me very expensive ticket deals that it was very confusing and I really didn't know what to do. We ended up... More

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi christinesholme- We are glad you were able to enjoy all the beautiful lights and views. Typically, we experience fewer crowds around 8 a.m. and after 11 p.m. Please note that the Empire State Building and its Observatory are not in any way affiliated with the vendors or street sales agents who approach visitors outside the building on sidewalks. These... More

Rutherford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Try going in the evening. Preferably a little after dusk. You can still see the city but you'll have the beautiful skyline & lights from the buildings & cars. Added bonus less people. You should get your tickets online to avoid the crowds!

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi Tan N- We are happy to hear you enjoyed the views at dusk! We agree…purchasing tickets online and printing them in advance will save visitors time in line. Thank you for your visit, tips and your review. - Empire State Building More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

Lines lines lines we were warned. Hours! We went on a Tuesday at 4:00pm and there was not one line. Was a wonderful sight to see :-)

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi- We're delighted that you had a quick trip up to the Observatory and enjoyed the views! We appreciate you sharing that feedback with other visitors. If you took any great photos during your visit, you should take a look at our photo contest on Facebook. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building More

Nokomis, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

hardly any lines, beautiful romantic spot with a great audio tour to make sure you don't miss any history or bit of info about the city or the building. I have been prior during the day but at night it was an example of how nyc never sleeps!

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi Lin M- Thank you for returning for a nighttime visit! We're pleased you found the experience to be a romantic one, and we're glad that the audio tour made your visit even more worthwhile. We look forward to seeing you again. - Empire State Building More

Adelaide
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193 reviews 193 reviews
54 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We went as part of New York Pass where admisson to the first level in included. It was $15 USD in Augsut 2010 to go to the very top part.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi wildflowerb- We are glad you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building More

windsor
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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Suggest you go at the end of the day to allow yourself time to see the views in the light and also by night. You'll need plenty of time to queue but the wait is well worth it!

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi Windsormiss- We are happy to hear you enjoyed the views during your visit. For your next visit, keep in mind that in the summertime we see shorter queues early in the morning around 8 a.m. and later at night after 11 p.m. Thank you for coming and for your review. - Empire State Building More

Toronto
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

First tip - don't go in the middle of summer on a weekend. If you do, go when they open, or at midnight. We really wanted to do this because we missed out last time we were in NY, and whilst we're glad to say we've done it and seen the view, we'll probably never do it again. It took... More

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi Heatherned- We are sorry you were not pleased with your experience. Visiting when we open at 8 a.m. or later at night after 11 p.m. can see fewer crowds. Purchasing and printing out tickets in advance is another way to save time in line. Thank you for taking the time to visit. - Empire State Building More

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