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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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A must to see in New York

You have to go up in the Empire State Building. Its a must if you have not done before. Its a great view and well worth the Price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You have to go up in the Empire State Building. Its a must if you have not done before. Its a great view and well worth the Price.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I decided to walk from the hotel to the Empire State Bldg As it is summer time, it was no problem to walk around 20 blocks, as the weather was same in my country which is normally very hot during the whole year. I get to the building, people very nice; buying the ticket is very quick and everything well... More 

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Nice view from top, if u go at sunset or sunrise its gonna beautiful view, nevertheless it is must at least once to visit Empire State Building.

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We visited this in the dark, and I must say the views are excellent. We did not pay the extra $20 to go up the extra floors, as did not really see the point. When we got there, which was about 10pm, it was not too busy. We had to walk a long way to actually get to the lift;... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great attraction with wonderful views. Definitely worth the extra $20 to go to the very top. You can purchase these tickets from the Observation Deck. Make sure to go up on a clear day. Even hazy days can make the pictures must less attractive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went around 7:30 pm and the line moved pretty quickly but as sunset got closer the place got crowded. So worth the sunset view. We only went to the 86th floor and felt no need to go higher. The view is breathtaking. The staff was so friendly. They take photos before you go up in the elevator and once... More 

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A must see for all tourist. You get to see 360degree view of New York. a dream City in the whole world mind blowing view. An experience to remember.

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New York City looks so awesome when you are on the viewing deck of Empire State Building. One of the must see destination when visiting the Big Apple. The different colors at night make it so beautiful to photograph.

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New York City, New York
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The city view from the top was awesome and the personal is very kind and helpful, but the waiting time was tedious. The AC seemed to be so low that we were sweating. I'm still recommending to come to this place. it worth it.

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YOU must go and see it! Go to the top and look around! I felt like I was falling because my fear of heights but Im glad i did it!!!!

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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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