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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,208 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!
Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

First time up the ESB in January when it was the polar vortex. Proper Baltic it was but the views were unreal. I was looking in awe whichever direction my eyes were pointing. We got there at 8 in the morning & we up to the top in no time. Brilliant views of the chrysler building.One of the highlights of my trip. Gonna do it the nighttime in our next visit.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2014

Hi Unathletico — We’re delighted to hear that that your visit to the Empire State Building was a highlight of your trip. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for visiting and for writing this review. –Empire State Building.

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

To be honest, I wasn't overly impressed. I know it's daft but when you look out on the 87th floor, I didn't get the awe that I was expected.

Great to hear all about the building and the history, but to be honest, I wouldn't rush to do it. We got a better buzz from the Rockerfella building.

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

I had no desire to climb up the building but wanted to see it and had plans to. However did not realize we would get the chance to see from Staten Is Ferry and as we had little time had to be satisfied with that view. The building is huge! If I went back to NYC I would go back to the actual building as it was amazing how high it actually was, the other skyscrapers looked tiny in comparison.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Been there couple times It is a must. You need to go to have a complete view of the city of Manhattan. Overcrowded during the summer

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Hi Isabelle V — We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed our views and consider visiting a must. Please note the summer months are one of our peak seasons. A few time-saving tips we can provide are to arrive either around 8 a.m. or after 10 p.m., purchase and print your tickets ahead of time and finally, consider purchasing our Express Pass. Thank you for visiting and for writing this review. –Empire State Building

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

I have been privileged enough to enjoy the sights from the 86th floor of this building during the day and night. Either way, it is a spectacular sight! The staff has always been so friendly. It is a kid-friendly attraction. If you do experience a wait, there are exhibits to read and view.

You can go up to the 102 floor, but it is smaller and enclosed by glass. With the stop at the 86th floor, you can go outside or inside. I can say it enough: the views are amazing.

We have found that if you have smaller children (say 12 and under) it is so worth it to pay the $50 for the express pass. It saved a whole bunch of waiting!

Be warned: DRESS WARMLY! In April and May, no matter the weather below, it is windy and chilly at the top. Be sure to bring your cameras!!

We would go back again and again!

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Empire_State_Bldg, Empire State Building at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Hi Jill R — We’re delighted to hear that your experience met your expectations and that you found our panoramic views to be spectacular. We will make sure to pass along your compliments to our staff as well. In addition, we often add fan photos to our Facebook page, feel free to send your best ones to us via ESBPhotos@renegade.com. Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write this review. –Empire State Building

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