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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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We felt that we needed to visit the Empire State Building. Although lines moved fast, it did take some time to reach the elevator. Airport security is enforced. It is sad that... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We felt that we needed to visit the Empire State Building. Although lines moved fast, it did take some time to reach the elevator. Airport security is enforced. It is sad that our country, our world has come to this. And now even more with military personnel armed with machine guns on 5th Avenue, which is another tragedy. The sights... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was the most tourist activity we took but it was worth it. It was not as crowded as we expected and the view is really impressive. The only thing we didn't feel too good about was the extra fee for visiting the last top levels; it felt like a ripoff.

Thank Ruxandra P
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

FANTASTIC view. Totally worth the trip!!!!! You can take great pics. Best to do on a sunny day and at LEAST if it's not wet and the clouds are low.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When you consider the year this was built and how fast it was built it's simply amazing. The views from the top are well worth the price. I would recommend this for anyone visiting NYC.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Iconic building did not disappoint on a beautifully clear and sunny day in New York. Views spectacular! Waited quite a while for lifts but staff very helpful.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Being inside the building was amazing. The stop on 80 was a nice introduction. Finally getting to the outside made it worth the massive crowd and long wait. Regardless of the cold this view can't be surpassed. No one should come to NYC without doing this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Walked in about 10 pm on a Saturday night. Minimal line at ticket booth and elevators. $34 each to visit outside 8th floor observation deck was very reasonable. View of skyline was stunning. Wind was howling up there, so dress warmly.

Thank Mark J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The views from the 86th floor are fantastic. It was a windy day but we were still allowed to go out on the observation deck. Lines and wait were kind of long but we moved at a good pace. Buying tickets ahead of time didn't help with going ahead in the line.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing this really is a must just walking in to the lobby is a joy we went at night which was great because there was hardly any cues we went straight to the elevator which was amazing it takes literally 10 seconds to go for ground floor to the 80th floor u then go out to a lobby type... More 

Thank Nickybb45
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Rain and low clouds meant no views and the staff in the building actively discouraged us for 2 days running, last day in NY and the skies were clear so we went up, unfortunately it had to be the morning as I'd wanted to be able to take evening/ night photo but weather stopped that. We bought tickets for top... More 

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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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