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“Lovely views!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Empire State Building

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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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and...
Ranked #50 of 633 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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“Lovely views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

You can't go to New York City and not visit the Empire State Building!! Beautiful views from the top. We went early and missed all the queues. Worth a visit!

Visited November 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Hi ilovemycamera- We're thrilled you enjoyed the views from our Observatory! Thank you for your visit and this review. - Empire State Building
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“Great views on a clear day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Obviously this is a neat experience.

Tips: go early/late to avoid the crowds. The line appears to be about a mile long winding through the building. Dont take a camera tripod they will take it away from you. And dont fall off - its pretty high.

Visited December 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Hi popedaddy- It's nice to hear that you enjoyed our incredible views. Please note that the holidays are one of our peak seasons and we see an increase in the number of guests. Arriving early (8-10 a.m.) or late (after 10 p.m.) is a good idea, as we tend to see shorter lines at those times. We appreciate all guests' cooperation with our tripod policy, as those items can become obstacles when the Observatory is crowded. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building
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“Night time on the Empire”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We wanted to see NYC at night and the only place to go is to the Empire State Building. It was an amazing place to walk through and then get to ride up to the observation deck. You talk about windy!! It was 30 degrees out but the lights were fantastic the way they lit up the area, well worth your time.

Visited December 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Hi Michael- We're happy you had a great time walking around the building and seeing the evening views of the NYC skyline. Thank you for your visit and for this review. - Empire State Building
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“Superb views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

Just visited today on a weekday around 1pm and was expecting major crowds, which is why I purchased express passes. However when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see there was hardly any one there. Made it to the observatory in 15 minutes. The views are spectacular, it's winter and the weather is freezing so dress warmly. Take lots of photos but most of all just enjoy the wonderful sight. It was well worth the visit and I would recommend it to any tourist travelling to NYC for the first time.

Visited December 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Hi audreyhepburn2013- We're delighted you found our views to be incredible and that you'd recommend visiting the Empire State Building to any tourist. Thank you for your visit and this review. - Empire State Building
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“Express tickets are a must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Arranged to visit but unfortunately it ended up being very poor weather. They advised us of 0 visibility on arrival and that our tickets could be transferred to another time - we decided on the next day.

If funds allow, i would advise purchasing an Express ticket - there were queues at every step of the way to the observation deck - security/elevator 1 and 2 etc but we walked straight up. As previously mentioned 102nd floor wasn't really worth the extra cost but again was well worth it.

Visited December 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Hi Sambradh1- We're glad you enjoyed your visit. As you point out, the Express Pass is our most convenient option, especially this time of year when we receive more guests than usual. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building
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