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Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
Phone Number: +1 212-736-3100
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views...

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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Seems to be an iconic thing to do when one visits NYC. The views, of course, where amazing. I can't imagine what it would look like at night with NYC all lit up! Bring a few... read more

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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If you go to NYC, you have to go to the Empire State Building or else you haven't really gone to NYC, so some people say. We went around midnight which is recommended--we didn't have a long wait for security. The longest wait is waiting for the elevator between the 80th and 86th floor. I wanted to skip the 80th... More 

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We were told twice by staff that there was only a 15-20 minute wait. It was a Monday at 4.30pm, and the queue snaked around so many corners, you kept thinking you were near the front... By the time we got to the lift it wad getting dark, thought we were nearly there after the lift arrived at 80th floor,... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Seems to be an iconic thing to do when one visits NYC. The views, of course, where amazing. I can't imagine what it would look like at night with NYC all lit up! Bring a few quarters and you can pay to look through the binoculars and see the Statue Of Liberty among other things. My daughter loved this part.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Worth the trip to the top!! The views of NYC are breathtaking. Love this old Art Deco beauty. Great romantic spot. Also great for families. No one leaves the iconic Empire State Building without a smile on their face. My favourite landmark in NYC.

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No one knows what's going on, the queuing is chaotic, terribly understaffed, people were walking off from the queue in exasperation after being left with no instructions. No signage, no help and you are just left to meander through endless queues with no knowledge of where you are, why done people can jump the queues, who's in charge or where... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic view from the 102nd floor viewing platform made even more special as I proposed to my girlfriend up there!!! 😃 There will always be something special about the Empire State Building.

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I wanted to revisit this world famous landmark. I haven't been here since the 1960's. My visit brought back fond memories with my parents from the fast elevators and breathtaking views.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Finally visited Empire State Building after a number of visits to NY. It was worth it. Went at night and there were no lines and no waiting for the elevators. Plenty of space on the observation deck on a clear night. Think that it was more impressive to see NY at night with all the city lights. Highly recommend a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The queue outside didn't look too bad so we joined it. It took 2 hours to get through all the queues inside the building. That information should have been made available at the beginning of the queue. If the theme parks can do it, why not the Empire State? The view from the top is great but we had very... More 

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Excelence place to go in new York and take a lot of pictures. you will have a great overview and you will know more about the history of the building and the city

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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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