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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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This is the first place that should be visited in New York! Only being there on the 102d floor everybody can imagine what does that mean staying in USA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the first place that should be visited in New York! Only being there on the 102d floor everybody can imagine what does that mean staying in USA.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Came here in May 2012 with hubby and we wanted to experience Empire State building at night for an evening view of the city. Apart from the very long queues and feeling exhausted by the end of it - the views of New York from here were absolutely amazing. Would definitely like to come back here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great visit. We went later in the evening around 6pm on a colder evening and there were no lines. The exhibits aren't that interesting - it's a lot about the builders and somewhat repetitive. The views are beautiful, especially at night. We opted for the cheaper tickets that don't include the top viewing platform from the 102nd... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are in New York City, it is a must visit landmark ! Specially go up the observation deck for beautiful view of New York City from above. Best time is just after it has rained and sun is out. It will be clear view as there will not be water vapor or steam in the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I ventured up the empire state building and it was well worth the money The view was just unforgettable A totally amazing experience How ever the photograph is extremely over priced

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We tried to go around 3pm and the waiting times were 4hrs+. We ended up going the day after at 9am and the line ran very quickly and most importantly you're not rushed to take pictures or enjoy the view. Needless to say about the view. It's superb.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stunning night time views of Manhattan although it was quite busy when we visited there are no time restrictions so with a bit of patience I was able to see everything I wanted and get some great pictures and views, particularly of the Chrysler Building which I personally think is more impressive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to lots of famous tall buildings around the world ( Petronas, Burj, Taipei 101, Shanghai, etc) but this is the most famous and most well known. A trip to NYC would not be complete without a visit to this icon. It is probably not for everyone, after all it's just a building. Arrive probably queue up take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were lucky enough to get viewing deck tickets for Xmas. They were standard entry tickets. There was about a 2 hr queue to get into the building. We opted to pay the extra USD $31 to upgrade to premium. Best money spent. Fast access to every queue, and fast exit when we were done. Pay the extra, unless you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had the NY pass so had access to both Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building. We did Top of the Rock during the night to see the Empire State Building lit up which I think was the best way to do it. We then did Empire State on Christmas Day morning for beautiful panoramic views of... 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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