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“Just what I expected.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Empire State Building

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
Ranked #10 of 1,068 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!
Hamilton, Canada
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“Just what I expected.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

We went up 86 floors and looked around. Wow. There are lots of buildings within a 10 mile radius of the Empire State Building. What more can I say?

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Hi WheelleDrop- We're glad your visit met your expectations. Not only can you see a lot of buildings from the top, you can also see five different states: New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building
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“Great views!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

First visit to New York so was a must see!
Enjoyed the view, no queue at this time of year at 8am!!
In my opinion I preferred visit to Top of the Rock.

Visited February 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Hi Denise- We are happy to hear you enjoyed the brilliant, panoramic views from one of the highest vantage points in the city. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Empire State Building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Out of season visit was great, no queues straight in and up you go once through security.
Fantastic views and well worth the visit.

Visited February 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Hi Highburydreams- We are delighted to hear you found the views to be fantastic. We are glad you were able to take advantage of our current off-season when we have barely any wait time. Thank you for coming and for writing this review. - Empire State Building
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Stratford, Ontario
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“up, up and away”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Lovely building with some great details...could see quite a way from the observation deck...cheesy shop selling cheesy tacky souveniers to folks...

Visited May 2012
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Hi LuAnne33- We are glad you enjoyed both the expansive views and the building itself. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building
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Chicago, Illinois
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“great view, overpriced”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

As you could expect, you have a great view from the ESB. I thought they try to make money with everything they can. For example, there is no information about the buildings you see and you would have to buy a guide or plan in addition.
Did the 86th floor and don't believe that the sky ride would have been worth the extra bucks.
Probably just something you have to do when you are in NY, but probably also overrated.

Visited February 2013
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Hi Florian2410- We are happy to hear you enjoyed the magnificent views from our 86th floor Observatory. 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. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building
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