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“If its a good visible day - pay extra for a queue jump!”

Empire State Building
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US$ 37.00*
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and...
Ranked #15 of 1,153 things to do in New York City
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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 2 May 2012

We payed for a queue jump and we were glad we did! The queues were very long and didnt seem to be moving very quickly! Some of the people we saw in the queue were still queueing to get up to the top when we were going back down! Other than that, the views are amazing and it is one of those things you have to do before you die!

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Reviewed 2 May 2012

The audio tour is cute and informative I suggest getting one. I also suggest getting your passes in advance or getting the city pass or new york pass, avoid the large line. Good times to go are between 8-11am, 12-5 and after 9. We went in at 7 and it wasn't too bad but as we were leaving the line up was down the street and that was around 8:30.
The views are spectacular and the information behind the building is interesting. Overall we were pleased!

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Reviewed 2 May 2012

First let me say that if you're going to NYC, you have to go to the Empire State Building just to tell you friends that you did it. Yes, it will cost you $23...and UP, but that's a small price to pay compared to being called an idiot for going to NYC and not going to the top of this behemoth. So with that said, get ready to be channeled and corralled into multiple mucho metal line stalls as you make it up to the top. Actually, there are so many lines, you begin to get dizzy. And if that's bad, there's more! Yes, after you pay your $23 dollars, you can decide if you want the tour to go to the bottom top, middle top, top top or be zipped to the top past all the lines - all for just a little more $$$. And since you're there, you might as well get your picture taken and be conveniently shipped through the gift shop. One final note - when you finally do reach the top, good luck on finding a place near the edge to take a picture. The night we were there, we couldn't move around because there were so many people. If you do find your own personal crack in the wall at the top, you will find one of the most incredible views of Manhatten available. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 1 May 2012

You get to the top only to find out its not the top, there's another platform which can be accessed for $17 pp.


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Reviewed 1 May 2012

First trip to New York and this is of course at the top of the list to things to do. We did this with the New York Pass (which we had bought online and then picked up from Planet Hollywood in Times Square) so the trip up to the 86th floor was included in the price of the Pass and then we paid the extra $17 to go up to the 102nd floor.

Amazing views across the city. On the way up there is a lot of information on the construction of the building which is really interesting, you can also have your photo taken by the professionals with a superimposed picture of the New York skyline. The staff were helpful and at the top, the security lady was helping take photos of everyone.

It wasn't too busy when we went at about 11am on a Wednesday in April - there were small queues but we were then on the next lifts.

Only problem - you can't see Central Park very clearly because the Rockefeller Centre is in the way. A better view is from the Rockefeller Centre as you can see Central Park AND the Empire State building. But you can do both with the New York Pass!

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