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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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USD 100.00*
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Viator VIP: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience
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USD 149.00*
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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 20 January 2017 via mobile

Second time been up here. 15 years between visits but still as breathtaking and stunning. Lovely clear day which helped. Pre bought VIP entry tickets which avoided the queues. Recommended but not that we'll organised, a few more staff would ease things a bit. That...More

Thank taylea
Reviewed 20 January 2017

A business associate and I took a chance early in the morning on a rather cold day before we were to leave for home. There was no line @ 7:30 in the morning! We took the elevators all the way up (gorgeous architecture in the...More

Thank Kriss S
Reviewed 20 January 2017

unbelievable views, wrap up warm. spent over an hour up there. good photo opportunities, a world above the city

Thank appauled2013
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Well worth the visit once you get through the queues and security, make sure you go up the second lift to get to the viewing platform

Thank catherine p
Reviewed 20 January 2017

A staple place when you come to visit NYC, especially with kids. They keep modifying the space and provide you with modern fun tools. Make sure the day is clear in order to enjoy the views!

Thank Luba M
Reviewed 19 January 2017

The building opens at 8am and our family got there at 7:45, it was a great choice, there was a small line but it was perfect! We got up the elevator at around 8 and the deck was fairly empty. Eventually the deck started to...More

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Thank evange964
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Myself and my brother visited the empire state building on the last day of our trip here. I was a perfect way to round off our visit looking across the city we had explored. The view, the atmosphere, it was all jaw dropping. The museum...More

Thank Hannah T
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I have been to NYC many times and I finally made it to the top of the Empire State Building. It was okay but I think it is over rated. Yes it is history and it is a tall building yes you can see all...More

Thank mztiffy
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We got early bird entry to skip the cue! If your going to New York this is definitely a must! We found it very interesting and well set out and educational! I also loved the King Kong feature. It was interesting to see all the...More

Thank katcarer
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived at the top of the Empire State Building half an hour before sunset and I can highly recommend this as the best time. We got a good mix of day time and night time shots and also with it being early January it...More

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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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6 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi GenMalta, Thank you for your inquiry. Guests are permitted to take selfie sticks with them to our Observatories. Please do note that all items are ultimately subject to our on-site security staff’s approval. Thanks again... More
Tina C
2 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Tina C., Thank you for your inquiry. We generally recommend allowing for an hour to an hour and a half for your visit. However, we strongly advise visiting during our off-peak hours between 8-9:30 a.m., or after 11 p.m... More
2 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi braz962016, Thank you for your inquiry. Our lobby is free and open to the public, but please note that you will have to pay for an Observatory ticket to see our Sustainability Exhibit, as well as the Dare to Dream Exhibit... More