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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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Beautiful and breathtaking building. You should visit it at least to see it from close. If you are able get on the top.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Honestly, this observation deck on many accounts was disappointing. The queueing and processes involved were a drainer in every way, and this was on level one. Despite having pre-purchased our tickets, there was still an abnoxious line one had to conform to (it was 11:00pm). The views, although nice, weren't worth the high price tag + there was so many... More 

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful and breathtaking building. You should visit it at least to see it from close. If you are able get on the top.

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Belmar, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great view of New York City, the staff were very friendly yet professional. I ordered the tickets on line and ordered the express pass as we had a limited amount of time to visit and it was worth it as we reached the top very quickly instead of spending up to 45 mins waiting for elevators

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Only a minute ride in the elevator to the observation area. We were there on a Sunday morning and there were very short lines. I don't know if this normal. The views were fantastic as it was a very clear day. Enjoyed the time we spent there, highly recommend it.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed the tour of the facility. The elevator ride is hella cool. The sites from the 82nd floor are breathtaking, wish we could have stayed and went up at night to see the 102 floor view. All the staff I interacted with were very friendly and knowledgeable made the experience great.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was unforgettable for the visit on Empire State Building. The New York City is just below. You can see everything.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We flew in for a business trip to NY in the evening, still on West coast time we obviously weren't sleepy so we looked around what was open. To our amusement Empire State Building is open to visitors till 2 am! We grabbed an Uber car, zipped through the city since the roads were no longer congested with traffic. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Two pieces of advice: purchase the VIP passes if you can afford it. The lines are long and the passes get you through immediately. Go at night - lights are breathtaking.

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Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My nephew and his girlfriend came to visit from California and my wife and I decided while in New York to see the Empire State building. As a U.S. Navy veteran I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a discount for veterans and their spouses to go to the top of the Empire State building. The staff at... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Family really enjoyed our visit. We made it to the 102 floor observatory, but all the way up from ground floor the staff were smart and warm and eager to please and inform. This made the whole experience so much more than simply viewing New York from on High. I hadn't realised the building itself was so beautiful, with its... More 

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