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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,195 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 3 weeks ago

Great experience!!!! I absolutely recommend to everyone who goes to New York City. It is a must see.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To go up the Empire State Building, one of the most famous buildings in the world, was fantastic. Such a great experience to see all of NYC from that height and to be at the top of that building was brilliant. My wife and I enjoyed it enormously.
It was definitely worth the money to get to the 86th floor. Personally, if we ever do it again, we wouldn’t pay the extra to go to the 102nd floor. Yes, it’s 16 floors higher, but the views aren’t really any different and you can’t go outside on that deck. The 86th was more enjoyable as we were outside and far more able to walk around.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

everything excellent! we had a city pass ticket, quikly access, everybody was professional and kind with us, wonderful landscape on an incredible town.......thanks new york !!!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did a “speed visit” and I wish I had more time. Newly renovated art deco interior design differentiates this from visits to other buildings I’ve done. 102th ticket is not worth, the feel and connection with the city is best on the 80th

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A definite must, a one of a kind views of the city, must visit, its ok to wait in line, we got tickets through the city pass, so there’s a line before getting to the elevators it goes by fast, unless you are the Uber person that’s gotta get to the head of the line so you gotta pay up a little premium, took about 15 minutes to get to the elevators. The ride was really quick, you can get the views of the city if you are a little squeamish about heights but have to go around the corner to get to another set of elevators to get to the top.. the view is worth it, as you walk out, WOW, find a spot to get your selfies on !!! Or your best inner photographer, bring your best face on, cause you will be smiling the whole entire time, the magnificent views of the city, bring a map, so you can identify the neighborhoods, or just take pictures, but do try to come back at night cause it runs till 2 am , so you can go back up, and enjoy a more intimate/romantic view at night, I wish I did,...

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