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“Stunning night view!”

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
Ranked #11 of 1,093 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!
Helsinki, Finland
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“Stunning night view!”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

We went there at around 11pm, there was no queue at all and the top was not crowded. The night views of the city were simply stunning, worth every penny!

Visited November 2012
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Hi Jiji- We are happy to hear you found the nighttime views to be stunning! We're also glad that you took advantage of our evening off-peak hours (9 p.m.-2 a.m.) for your visit; for future reference, our morning and afternoon off-peak times are 8-10 a.m. & 2-4 p.m. If you have any great photos we'd love to see them on our Facebook page. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building
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“Hard to believe I know but I reckon this is underrated!”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Everyone who visits NYC needs to do this, and don't be cheap pay the extra to go to the very top the view is much clearer, plus its inside so you are protected from the cold.

Visited November 2012
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hi petermoore- We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your experience, including the indoor 102nd floor gallery, and that you consider this a must-do in NYC! We'd love to see your photos on our Facebook page. Thank you for your visit and your review. - Empire State Building
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“Top of the Rock is better ”
Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

As this was our second visit we decided to visit on an evening to see a different side of the city, and it was included in our New York Pass. Was not impressed that our tiny travel tripod for camera was confiscated at security which meant many blurred shots of the city when trying to use night modes on cameras. Did the sky ride as it was included in our pass but would not have paid for it. Paid the extra to go to the 102nd story which was nice as a lot less crowded but to be honest you couldn't see a whole lot more than you could from the 86th floor. If visiting NYC then I would try to visit this it at least once but try to visit top of the Rock as well, though if you are time restrained I would recommend that over this a heartbeat.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Hi Morley-Tripper- We are sorry that your evening visit fell short of your expectations. It is important to note that the Empire State Building and its Observatories are not in any way affiliated with the New York Skyride or its agents who approach visitors outside the building. New York Skyride is an independently owned and operated business. We appreciate all visitors' cooperation with our tripod policy, as tripods can become obstacles for other guests on the Observatory. We'd also like to mention that our 86th floor and 102nd floor Observatories provide vantage points that are over 200 feet and 400 feet, respectively, higher than Top of the Rock. Thank you for both of your visits. - Empire State Building
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Kodak, Tennessee, United States
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“Loved it!”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Was in NYC for the first time in August 2011. Went to the top of the Empire State Building. OMG!!! What a view. I'm terrified of heights but wasn't bothered at all by the elevator ride or the observation deck. Very smooth ride and the seem-like 2 ft thick wall around the deck made me feel very safe. Can't wait to go back and take my husband.

Visited August 2012
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Hi Angela- We are delighted to hear you loved the views! If you have any photos, we'd love to see them on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you and your husband on your next visit. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building
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“Empire State Building”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

On our third attempt of visiting we finally got up there and it was worth it. The views were great over New York but it was very busy. We went on the sky ride as we were in a rush and wanted to avoid some of the queuing.

Visited December 2012
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Hi Wendy- We are glad you made it up to the Observatory and enjoyed the views. As one of the most popular attractions in NYC, we receive a lot of guests and do our best to keep everyone moving. For those with flexible schedules, we recommend coming during our off-peak times: 8-10 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 9 p.m.-2 a.m. We would like to note that the Empire State Building and its Observatories are not in any way affiliated with the New York Skyride or its agents who approach visitors outside the building. New York Skyride is an independently owned and operated business. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building
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