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“Loved the visit, perfect day. Staff was helpful and polite.”

Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,204 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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 6 April 2018

Had a beautiful experience, day was beautiful, we did buy the express pass which was so worth it. Very clean, ans staff was great.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The lines were too long. Get the VIP package. The view was worth it. Take someone with you this adventure must be shared to be enjoyed.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We bought tickets ahead of time online but did not get skip-the-line option. It did save us the line at the ticket window by the line was still long. However when we got in line about noon we were told it was a 2 hour wait but it actually took us only 45 minutes to get up to the 86th floor. Beautiful views and it was with the wait.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This was something I have not done since I was a child. Going to too che observation deck was amazing at night. Manhattan is beautiful day and night and is best seen from that deck.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Lines and security were well organized. Though visibility wasn't great when we visited, the view was beautiful.

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