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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,145 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

Went at 11.30 am on Thursday and so glad had booked VIP express passes online as we did not have to queue at any stage going up or down and there was a 2 and a half hour wait in the normal queue when we arrived! Lucky it was sunny day with clear views but icy wind- we were up down in an hour. If you have VIP tickets go to the very front of the queue and explain to the staff who will let you straight in. At every stage there is a VIP separate access

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The line was long. We stayed around an hour. And we went when it was cold. So at the 86 floor it was really cold. But it was a very good experience to be on too if the word.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is something everyone should do when in NYC for the first time. It is a wonderful iconic building with a fabulous history. The views are great and quite surreal after seeing it in so many movies and tv shows over the years. We are so glad we have ticked this off our bucket list.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Dwight B
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