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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,137 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 December 8, 2014

WE got the VIP tickets and were able to skip all the line-ups, this probably saved us an hour for this tour. The museum is well worth going through, do it either before or after you go to the observation decks. We spent most of our time on the first observation outdoor deck, the higher deck up top is an inside deck only and doesn't give you the same feel for what you are seeing as the lower one. Get the audio tour with it as it explains what you are seeing.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2014

Hi pamhiker — It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the benefits of our Express Pass, as well as our complimentary multi-media tour and our “Dare To Dream” exhibit. Thank you for visiting and for writing this review. –Empire State Building

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Reviewed December 8, 2014

My son wanted to visit the 102nd floor and we queued for an hour and a half through the external Q then the internal Q to security then the lift to the 80th floor Q then the lift to the 86th floor Q then the lift to the 102nd floor Q. It was a lot of Qing!!. We had purchased a New York pass and I had read that once through security it would be straight on - not the case unless you then purchase a fast track pass. Yes the views were amazing but for me I preferred the Top of the Rock - less crowded less queuing and less claustrophobic. I don't like heights and I hated feeling the building move but for those must have photos it is still a must do just make sure you leave enough time.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2014

Hi geridave — We’re pleased that you found the views from our Observatories to be amazing. For future reference, we recommend arriving around 8 a.m., as well as after 10 p.m., as we tend to see shorter lines at these times. We appreciate your visit. –Empire State Building

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Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Decided to go last minute on a Sunday night at @23:15. Couldn't believe it was open but it was & it was busy. There is a lot of walking between roped off areas and walking back and forth before you seem to he anywhere! Some if the staff are very chatty & nice & helpful. Some were just miserable & grunted. It was very cold at the top but the views were incredible. So busy, colourful & awe inspiring. Definitely worth the wait.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2014

Hi Jayne2126 — It’s wonderful to hear that you found our panoramic views to be incredible. For future reference, we would like to note that guests also tend to experience shorter lines and fewer crowds when they arrive around the time we open at 8 a.m. Thank you for coming and for writing this review. –Empire State Building

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Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

I was alone and the day was bad, rainy and with a bad visibility. Nevertheless it was a fantastic experience, really a must if you visit NY

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Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Definitely put this on your bucket list! We did this as part of "The New York Shuttle tours" and had the priority tickets and didn't have to wait at all to take in the awesome views. There are elevators for most of the way up. Then you have the option of changing elevators or walking up several flights of stairs. We walked up and down and then took the elevators. Very windy up there! Of course there is a gift shop that you have to walk thru on your way out.

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