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Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
Phone Number:
+1 212-736-3100
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views...

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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That view!!!

Great view on a sunny and clear day! Not cheap unfortunately and you have to pay extra for the last floor, which was disappointing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great view on a sunny and clear day! Not cheap unfortunately and you have to pay extra for the last floor, which was disappointing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I know the lines are huge, even with New York Pass. It costs extra to climb to the very top, and even the girl at the ticket office said there wasn't much of a difference! It's a gorgeous view, a little cold (at night) even in August! Just enjoy it!...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For those who are planning on just going to choose one, between top of the rock and Empire- definitely choose this. My boyfriend does not agree but it's the original tallest building and the views are so good. You have an option for a glassed view or an open one, but this is the case for both tbh. We chose... More 

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We did the Empire State Building first and then One World Trade Centre and if you can only do one, don’t chose this one! The queue was never ending, snaking through a never-ending maze of rooms, that kept teasing you that the end was near. It wasn’t! Whilst waiting you are treated to many displays about how super-efficient and energy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Awesome view of nyc!! King Kong should have had a camera!! Also a great place for a casual date. The elevator ride might make your ears pop!! The guys that sell tickets on the street are legit.

Thank Ernie R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited on a chilly weekday on February. As a result, there were no queues and we went straight to the top. The views of the city from central midtown are stunning. It probably gives the best overall view of Manhatten - the Rockerfeller misses the view of the financial district and the One World trade centre is too far... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was so fun for all of us! The sights were incredible, and the way the staff manages visitors is impressive. They are very organized: Disney World could even learn a thing or two from them! One option is to go to the 80th floor, which provides viewing from inside. Then, there is the option to go to the 86th... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had the most amazing time here but then again my boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed on the South side of the building on the 86th floor, so perhaps I'm biased. The staff that we encountered were really friendly and we visited at a really quiet time so there were no ques for anything. The free ESB... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited here 13 years ago & could hire headsets which were brilliant as they talked you through where too look & what it was but this time you downloaded the app & used your own headphones which is great as it's free but my phone had died so with no battery I couldn't listen so had I had no... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Highly recommended! Really enjoyed our visit, finding the views across the city breath-taking. Found some great gifts in your gift shop. Loved the King Kong mugs!

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