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“City Views”

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
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$100.00*
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Viator VIP: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience
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$149.00*
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Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass...
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 June 22, 2013

Great views, good value with ticket purchased in advance, helpful staff and good value gifts in the gift shop. As a first time visitor, a great experience, a must do!

Thank Howard R
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Hi Howard- We're delighted you had a great experience and consider this to be a must-do in NYC. We appreciate the compliments about our staff and will be sure to pass them along. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We've been to NYC a few times. We love the Empire State Building but it seems to be overcrowded at all times of the year and all times of the day/night. If you are looking for great night or day views, we recommend hitting Empire State early or really late (open till 2 AM in summer). Otherwise, save some of the hassle and go to Rockefeller Center. The observatory there is just as impressive and the views are great. We've been to both. If we had to pick, we'd go with Rockefeller.

Thank Brendon J
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Hi Brendon- We're glad you love the Empire State Building. As one of the most popular attractions in the city, we do receive a large number of guests, especially during our peak seasons (summer and most major holidays). During these times of the year, we suggest purchasing our Express Pass, which allows you to skip the ticket and elevator lines. Generally, we tend to see shorter lines between 8-10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. Finally, we'd like to note that while we are open until 2 a.m. year-round, the last elevator goes up at 1:15 a.m. Thank you. - Empire State Building

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Great view of New York City, must see and must do the simulater , if you dont like heights dont do this, reasonably priced and we did this on sunset, amazing

Thank Jobro157
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Hi Jobro157- We're thrilled to hear you found the sunset views to so awesome. Please note that the simulator you mention is the New York Skyride, and the Empire State Building and its Observatories are not 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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Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Woderful, wonderful view! Feels like on the top of the world. You can see everything like from the sky. Nice souvenirs.. Fast elevators and very kind staff :)

Thank InesDalibor
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Hi InesDalibor- We're delighted you had an excellent visit! It really does feel like you're on top of the world at our Observatories. We appreciate the complimentary feedback about our staff and will be sure to pass it along. Thank you for coming. - Empire State Building

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Had a great time at the top! Looking at all the buildings from that high up is very cool. Took pictures of the city from all angles and got some great shots!

Thank Rosie P
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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

Hi Rosie- We're happy you had such a great time and enjoyed the city views. You should check out the photo contest we're currently running on our Facebook page. Thank you for your visit. - Empire State Building

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