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“Empire State Building”

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
Ranked #8 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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Fee: Yes
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!
Reviewed February 27, 2013

It was a chilly if sunny day in January when I made my second visit to the Empire State Building. The first visit was a hot day in August 1970!

We booked on line and paid $22 to visit the 86th floor Observation Deck.

It was low season so we quickly passed by the barriers where the masses line up during busier times. In high season, if you do not want to wait, it might be worth paying $45 for an express pass

The fee seemed expensive but was definitely worth it for the magnificent 360 degree panorama over the city.

The day we went it was very windy so it was good to retreat inside to warm up from time to time. Even if you stay under cover you will still see enough to make the trip worthwhile.

Thank M-G30142
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Hi M-G30142- We are glad you enjoyed our stunning 360-degree views of NYC. You raise a good point about purchasing our Express Pass when visiting during our peak seasons (summer and most major holidays). The Express Pass lets you skip the ticket and elevator lines during your visit, which is a great way to save time during our busiest seasons. We look forward to seeing you for your third visit. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We probably didnt pick the best day to go the the empire being new years eve! It took a total of about 3-4 hours once we lined up, got through security, then lined up again for the lifts then lined up again for the very top! Was the most amazing view and was worth it but I just dont like waiting and was so over it by the end.

Thank Katho-13
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Hi Katho-13- We are happy to hear you found the views to be amazing. As one of the most popular destinations in NYC, we do see a large increase in the number of visitors during the holiday season. A good tip for those who visit during that time of year is to purchase our Express Pass, which allows you to skip the ticket and elevator lines. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building

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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?

Thank WheelieDrop
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

Thank DENISE T
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 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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