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Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
Ranked #11 of 1,093 things to do in New York City
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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!
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Enjoyable visit and the views were spectacular of the boughs of New York. My tips are getting there early, so to avoid the queues and the 86th floor deck from being crowded. The 102th floor is well worth a visit too.
The audio tour is ok however at the end of the tour you have to hand the device back in.
In this day and age, when everyone has MP3 players either free standing or on phones, it is annoying that you couldn’t download the tour, so that one back home you know why you took a particular photo.(like you can with the top of the rock audio tour)

Visited March 2012
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Beachwood, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“long waiting lines”
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Long waiting lines, not what I remember as a child. Every level there was something they were trying to sell you... too commercial.
The employees were kind and seemed to like being there. It is still a fascinating place.

Visited April 2012
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dix hi
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“10 miles visibility”
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Went to the Empire State building what a spectacular view of New York. Did the Skyride first, a simulated helicopter ride over New York, and that lets you get to the head of the line for the ride to the 86th floor. All was very worthwhile especially getting a coupon at Destinationcoupons.com which saved nearly $100 on the cost of tickets for 2 seniors, 1 adult and 2 children's tickets.

Visited April 2012
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Lower Bucks, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The view from the top floor was amazing.”
Reviewed 30 April 2012

I simply fell in love with that building. Between the NY Skyride and the fantastic view from the top floor, how could you not love it here? I would make sure you go when you visit New York.

Visited May 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Go in the morning!”
Reviewed 30 April 2012

two tips, go in the morning, buy tickets in advance.
We arrived at around 10 or 11pm, wanting to go up, there was a 2-3 hour wait for the elevator, so gave up and decided to come back another day.

Next day to come back, we skipped most of the line because pre-purchased tickets with citypass, leaving it to about 30 minutes wait.

Views are to be expected, but its definitely nice to cross off the bucket list.

Visited April 2012
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