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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1 135 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 28 June 2018

We went at night and the wait was minimal. The view was nice...my opinion freedom tower is much better view. Way overpriced for an elevator ride.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Hi michaelsyphrit58,
We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed our views. Please note, general admission tickets are priced similar to other NY Observatories. We work hard to provide a unique experience for all our guests, and hope you were able to enjoy the other activities we offer, including our Sustainability and Dare to Dream Exhibits, our celebrity walk, and our complimentary Observatory Experience App. Thank you for visiting.
-Empire State Building

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We had never been to The Empire State Building. Movies and pictures do not do the view any justice. I was not looking forward to going because I had heard that you had to wait upwards of two hours to look out of a window for 20 minutes. I Was Wrong!

We went at 4pm on a Wednesday and there wasn't hardly anyone there. We breezed by all the queues, and the security check was a breeze. We were directed towards the ticket kiosk to save even more time. We decided to buy all the floors so we could have the entire experience. The elevator ride up was nearly an amusement in itself. Your ears will pop and you'll get a flutter in your belly.

The Observation areas had plenty of spots open to see everything and wow what a sight to see. The sun was beginning to set and the sky was starting to turn this beautiful pink.

All the staff was welcoming and friendly. The bathrooms were clean and there was plenty on each floor.
The gift shop had a lot of lower priced items to pick from. Overall it was a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Thank Jessie W
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Don’t bother to pay extra for the audio tour. It does not work. You do not receive the link until you get there and the cell reception is so poor, it takes forever to download.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We had a short wait to go up the elevators. View was fantastic. I highly recommend this to that visit NYC.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

I suggest you make a night trip to the top of the Empire State Building. The exhibits that show the construction history make for a fascinating time. To see New York at night from this height is a bit of magic. There are telescopes open to the public (free) and looking at the city through them or The Statue of Liberty is really fun. If you go early in the evening there can be long lines--we waited until later 11 pm and it made all the difference. No lines at all. Well worth the price of admission.

Thank Debbie D
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