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Empire State Building

350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
+1 212-736-3100
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
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Viator VIP: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience
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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!
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
+1 212-736-3100
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Reviewed yesterday

What I like most was that it's open window on the 86th floor you can really feel that your on the top and the view was amazing! Their staff was helpful and they had a good security.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited here a night after 11pm. The view from here at night is far better than during the day. The staff from start to finish are welcoming and helpful. They were the happiest bunch of people I met in New York and added greatly...More

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Reviewed yesterday

What can I say - it's a great view! Especially at night. It is more expensive than I remember, so I probably won't go back up anytime soon.

Thank EAmandaTB
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very organized, respectful team, great place a must do activity. Either night or day time. It is worth it to do the 102 floor.

Thank Armando L
Reviewed yesterday

Visited this building but didnt pay the money to get in as we only took photos from the ground level. We had a lot of opportunity to take shots at different angles from all sides while walking around the neighborhood. A must see but I...More

Thank vicaner
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow best part of our trip. But I would recommend getting a city pass for 3 New York attractions, it costs aprx $50 & you can then miss the queues. DON'T get anything from the street touts in red tabbards they will rip you off!

Thank Vivibaby54
Reviewed 2 days ago

Takes lot of time in waiting.At the top great view.Lot of visitors and bit rush.Main issue is Que is very long.All the verniers cost is very high. History of the building is very important and unbelievable that they have made it on 1931.

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Thank hemals2020
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stunning views from the top of this building. We went in the evening and saw NYC lit up and it didn't disappoint. Queues weren't too bad but you do feel rushed.

Thank LauraBear76
Reviewed 2 days ago

Gorgeous! This was my third visit to the Empire State Building - the 2nd at night. Personally I prefer the night view from the Top of the Rock but I had a first time traveller with me so we chose here as the night time...More

Thank Sandra B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We thought we'd visit late - after the crowds wanting to see the sunset had left. Well, 11pm wasn't late enough. We waited in line for a very long time before making our way up to the top. The observation area is rather compact and...More

Thank dan1255
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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8 December 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Marktayl6, Great question! You are allowed to stay at the Observatories for as long as you would like, but you will experience shorter lines during our off-peak hours between 8-10 a.m., or after 11 p.m. Purchasing tickets... More
Tristan H
8 December 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Tristian, What a wonderful idea to propose at the building! There is no need to contact the saxophonist in advance. He plays on our 86th floor Observatory Thursday - Saturday, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Depending on how busy it is... More