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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,203 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

The view from the empire state building is really great. You´ll have an 360° view arround New York. We won´t miss this experience.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This building is beautiful. Best views of the city from the observation deck. There is plenty of shopping and dining options within.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We saved our trip to the Empire State Building until our last day in NYC. We bought tickets on-line. Everything a go!!!! But when we woke up the day was rainy and foggy. When we got to the Empire State Building you couldn't see the top...NO VIEW. But the elevator ride was fun!!!!

Luckily we will be back and will come again, but will buy tickets on site or online after we have secured a weather report.

It still is a grand ol' building...held the World's Tallest Building title for 40 years!!!! A heck of a long time.

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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

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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.

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