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“Breathtaking- worth a look even if you're afraid of heights!! Buy tickets indoors NOT from anyone else!!”

Empire State Building
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Ranked #10 of 1,116 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!
Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

I wasn't too sure whether to go up the building or not due to my fear of heights but after much convincing from my boyfriend I did and am so glad we did its something ill never forget! I wasn't scared one bit there was a huge railing around the outside and viewing available from the inside....I would make sure you buy tickets from inside the building and not from the people outside they were rude and well over the actual price of 25 dollars!!! He tried to charge us $114!! So to avoid being ripped off always buy tickets indoors and go at night not very many queues and even more beautiful

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Hi Traveller12223-We are happy to hear you had an experience you’ll never forget! Please note, the Empire State Building and its Observatories are in no way affiliated with any of the vendors selling tickets outside the building. We encourage all visitors to purchase their tickets either on our website or inside the building, as you recommended. Thank you for your visit. –Empire State Building

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

If you're reading this you already know what the Empire State Building is, and that the views are amazing. I fully agree, they were stunning. Here are my few helpful tips:

(1) Wrap up warm - especially in the winter, it gets phenomenally cold!
(2) DON'T take a tripod/Gorillapod - you will have to leave it at security and collect it on the way out.
(3) Don't expect the best night shots - Any photographer knows that night shots are very difficult without a tripod and being made to leave yours at security means either trying to use the metal bars around the outside of the observation deck as a strut for your hands or balancing the camera on the wall. Either way, don't expect the best night shots.
(4) Go up early in the morning (around 8am) or late at night (12am-1am), no lines to wait in
(5) Probably my favourite thing to do up there (helped when it's really void of people) is to listen to the buzz of the city...it hums! Listen out for it and remember where you are!

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Hi deanwebley-We are delighted to hear you found the views to be stunning and your visitor tips. We agree with your tip about the times during which there tend to be shorter lines. These are usually 8-10 a.m. and after 10 p.m., but currently we are in a non-peak season and not seeing much of a wait time throughout the day and evening hours. Thank you for coming. –Empire State Building

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

The elevator takes you on the 80 floor , and then you walk 6 more floors by stairs. when you reach at the top of the building you will see a spectacular view of New York ! I couldn't stop taking pictures... If I'll be again in the city i definately visit this building again and again ...

Thank Maroulini
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Hi Maroulini-We are happy to hear you enjoyed the stunning 360-degree views. If you would like, please email your photos to us at esbphotos@renegade.com, and we may add them to our Facebook Fan Photo Album. We look forward to seeing you when you are back in the city. Thank you for coming and for writing this review. –Empire State Building

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

If you are able to visit New York you have to take a moment to visit the Empire State Building. This is the first time my wife had been to the building and she lived in the area for nearly 10-years. I have been a few times over the years but love seeing the view and how the city has changed.

I always hated the lines but they are well worth the view and expense. The elevators are pretty cool and when you get to the top you can really take your time and just soak up the city.

Thank Ty_Swartz
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Hi Ty- We are happy to hear how much you love seeing the views and glad your wife was able to come after having lived in the area for so long. A good tip for your next visit is to come at our off-peak times when we tend to see shorter lines: 8-10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building

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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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