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“A must, but not awesome.”

Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,216 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

Great for first time visitors of New York City. I recommend Top of the Rocks too. The history behind the building is very interesting.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Be prepared for it to take around 40 minutes to get to the top because security is very strict, thankfully, but it is well worth the wait. Try to visit on a sunny day or at night.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Went here early one morning and was very fortunate to miss most of the crowds that build up during the day. Whilst the views are good the experience during the day was not as good as the top of the rock. My next visit would be at night as the restaurant experience is amazing by other reviews I’ve read. Worth a visit but if you don’t arrive early be prepared for a very long wait

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Very nice view at the top of building. There is a two type of tickets, 86th floor and both of top. It is worth it. At the top is few of people.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The queues are awful (as expected) so if you splash out on one thing in NY then buying the VIP skip the line pass is so worth it. Not only did we go right to the front of the outside queue but skipped several more queues once inside. It felt totally VIP but also saved us hours off our day. And it was only an additional £15 per person if bought weeks before.
The views are amazing and it’s a proper tick off the bucket list!!

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