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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,144 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 6 April 2018

Excellent view of the city from all sides. Extremely efficient method of getting people quickly to the top to see the sights.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Went here at night absolutely breathtaking the views were eye-catching seeing everything lit up,the queue was not bad either at night

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We have done this before but the view never disappoints. This time we bought the priority pass and breezed past the 90 minute line - we were up in several minutes! (We just did the lower observatory). It was incredibly windy but the views (at sunset) were incredible. Going down with the priority pass was just as easy - the guard opened the rope so we bypassed the line to go down as well. Pick your day carefully for the best experience.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Loved the view of the lit up NYC skyline. We went around midnight and there was virtually no queue to get in. The elevators gives you a glimpse of how the building was built and on the 80th floor there is a little museum telling you more. We only went to the 86th floor as friends who have gone up the few extras floors said it wasn’t worth the extra $24 and in my opinion I think they were right. I would recommend taking gloves and a hat with you if your doing it at night as the wind at the top was really cold.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ashley G
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank derookie68
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