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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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The perfect view

We are scared go heights, but this we had to try. And we were not disappointed! We were there at daytime, and the view was amazing - and it must be spectacular at night

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We are scared go heights, but this we had to try. And we were not disappointed! We were there at daytime, and the view was amazing - and it must be spectacular at night

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We got here early doors one morning as our hotel was just round the corner. Totally worth not having to queue at all and not having to fight for views.

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Went there in May 2014 this is a very late post. So secure the building, I was so excited to be there. I bought a ticket for SKYRIDE which was like a movie theater with motion. You were on a helicopter flying to all the most important Manhattan places it was fun. Now to go to the museum and rooftop... More 

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great sight staff fantastic polite and helpful . went up in the morning and again when dark. queue moved very quickly. was not too busy. no rush to move on. great gift shop

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The Empire State Building was the first attraction we visited during our visit to New York. The queue flowed well and passed by some interesting displays about the recent environmental improvements made in the building. The was a green screen photo taken of each group and these were available to buy on the way out. The first elevator ascended to... More 

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Seeing this place was very much the tourist thing to do. As a first time visitor to NYC it had to be done. Several options for onservation levels and extreemly crowded as one could expect. If you're prepared to be patient you can nudge into a great spot for taking pics.

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This is a well-oiled, efficient mioney-making machine which capitalises on having one of the best-kept Art Deco interiors AND probably the best vistas in New York City. The one caution I would add - if it's breezy at ground level, it's a howling gale up there...!

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We visited at 9pm and it was still very busy and we didn't get up the Empire State until around 10pm but it was well worth it. The views are breath taking, don't miss them. The interiors are quite incredible as well.

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We bougt tickets to 86th and 102nd The views are amazing. But I would say that 102 is not worth the money. I recommend you to just get 86 and go at night. The length of the stay is unlimited, so get there fresh in order to enjoy longer. There is a great educational floor on 80th as well, which... More 

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We didn't go right up to the 106 floor but we went for the second package down that offered the open air observation deck as we felt it was better value for money. It was beautiful to see out over everything. We went just as the sun was setting but think it'd be great at all times really! It's open... More 

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