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Review of Empire State Building

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
Ranked #11 of 1,068 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!
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“be patient”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

great views but get used to waiting in line and it's not one line. There are at least four queues that you can't avoid. Some move fast and some are slow but the view from the 86th floor observatory is great and for an extra cost you can go to the 102nd floor.

Visited June 2012
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, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Thanks for visiting the Empire State Building and posting a review here. Happy to hear you enjoyed the view! As one of the most popular landmarks the Empire State Building attracts a large number of visitors. For those pressed for time we suggest purchasing tickets online and visiting during the less crowded times, generally 8AM and 3PM. Thanks again.
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“vonny212”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

Loved it, if you go to new york put it on your list as places to go.

Visited June 2012
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, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Thank you for your visit and for posting a review here. Thrilled to hear you recommend it being on visitors’ list of places to go while here in NYC!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012 via mobile

This is a "must go" place in NY. You'll have a full impressive 360 deg view of city. At the 86th floor the wind can be very cold. The lines are huge, be patient or buy an express ticket.

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, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Thank you for visiting the Empire State Building and writing a response here. Very happy to hear you consider this to be a “must go” place in NY! The Empire State Building does attract a large number of visitors, especially during the summer months, so for those pressed for time we offer our Express Pass ticket option, as well as purchasing your tickets online and printing them prior to arriving. Thanks again!
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“NYC at night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

Yes, it's touristy and the lines are very very long. But on a clear night, the views from the 86th Floor observatory are gorgeous and it's quite an experience. (We didn't pay the extra admission fee to go to the smaller, 102nd floor observatory, so I can't comment on whether that's worth the extra). The building itself has been extensively renovated and is a showpiece of Art Deco style. We did this on a whim at ~ 10pm on a Friday night, and it took us about 30minutes to get up to the observatory. It was crowded, but manageably so, and the staff really know how to keep things moving. Once there, you can spend as much time as you want. The observatory is open until 2am (last admission 1:15am). NOTE: If you hate waiting in line or are pressed for time, consider paying more for an Express pass to by-pass all the lines. If you want to visit during prime-time (weekend days), definitely buy your ticket ahead of time. You'll still have to wait to get up to the observatory, but at least you'll skip the lines waiting to get their tickets.

Visited June 2012
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, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
Thank you for visiting the Empire State Building and for writing this review. Wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed the views as well as the building itself! We often tell visitors what a good idea it is to purchase tickets online in advance if they are pressed for time, another tip is to visit during the less crowded times – which are generally 8AM and 3PM. Thanks again, glad you enjoyed your visit!
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“WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

This is an amazing experience. We were there right at dusk and got to see a gorgeous sunset. We had purchased our tickets online and went right through. There was no waiting! We couldn't decide if we wanted to go past the observation deck, but were satisfied with the view from there.

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