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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1 192 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 April 2018 via mobile

We loved visiting the Empire State Building. The video presentation in the elevator made the ride whizz by, when I had been nervous about it. The views were amazing, once we got through the crowds. My only issue was that it was so, so hot inside while waiting in line. We went on a chilly day, so had heavy coats on, and I was sweating while waiting through security, and for the elevators.

I don’t really enjoy being forced through gift shops at the end of attractions, but after Disney, I understand that’s the thing these days.

Thank wszb251
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

So, it's the Empire freaking State Building! Virtually everyone in the world will picture it's profile if you say the words. It's iconic. It's a must! I'm not going to tell you that visiting the Empire State Building is the ultimate activity in New York City, but it's certainly a requirement. For example, if you live in France and you return home your friends will ask you that new you went to New York City, did you visit the Empire State Building? Do you want to actually say no? If you go to Paris, and return back to New York, what do you think one of the first questions you will be asked is? Go ahead say it..... Pause........ That's right, they will ask you about that iron Tower thing over there. Do I need to say anymore, if you haven't been up the Empire State building yet, then you must do it.

Thank Scout1970
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We went approx 3.30pm and there wasn't much of a queue (on a Friday). We used our sightseeing pass, you can upgrade to skip the queues, $30-35 dollars extra. They do the whole lets make money out of visitors taking photos, we opted out of this and it was no problem.

You first come up to the 80th Floor, this floor is filled with lots information on the structure and building information. Plenty of seating on this floor. You then queue again for the 86th Floor lift again, It was interesting and i'd recommend it.

We left around 6pm and there was no queue at all.

Thank Kookie2014
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was my 4th time going up the Empire State and it never gets tired, the views are amazing. Having done this both at night and during the day I think I prefer the day, great to be able to see the whole city mapped out infront of you. We did this after 3 days in the city and spent some time pointing out all the places we had already visited around the city. We did this early one morning and pre booked tickets.

Thank fsba20
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

It's a bit expensive to visit ESB, but the view on a clear day is magnificent. We recommend to get there early in the day to avoid standing in a very long queue.

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