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“Meh.”

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
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Viator VIP: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience
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Ranked #11 of 1,103 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
New York City, New York
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“Meh.”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

Empire State Building is a historic place to see the Manhattan views, but Rock Observation Deck has the best views. 360 degree, unobstructed views! You have to look thru bars at the Emprie State Building.

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“Can't beat the view”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

Centrally located, lines move fairly quickly and you are on your own pace. Recommend this for a quick midtown NY experience.

Visited April 2011
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Hong Kong, China
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“So high !”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

I like the view of 66 floor, you can take photo and have 360 view of the NYC.

I don't like to go there in February, cause the most higher place getting extremely cold ! My finger is freezing when holding a camera, advise : if you go there in a cold weather , even down to the street is not too cold, but on 66 floor is like get in the freezer, you must put on your glove.

Visited February 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Don't bother with the 102nd floor”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

It is $22 bucks to go to the observatory on the 80th floor, an extra $15 to go to the 102nd floor. The 102nd floor isn't really worth the xtra money. The view through the window is not as impressive as the outdoor view on the 80th floor. The 80th was MUCH better for picture taking. The view is really outstanding! This attraction is also very well staffed, which makes it very easy to get around!

Visited March 2012
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Round Rock, Texas
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“Liked the tour”
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Fantastic views - WARNING do not buy tickets from vendors on the street. They will tell you that you do not have to wait in line-but that is not true. Purchase your tickets at the Empire State Building!

Visited December 2011
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