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Empire State Building

350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
+1 212-736-3100
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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!
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
+1 212-736-3100
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must do! We visited at 11pm and it was still very busy. What a view of NYC at night time. Well worth the wait.

Thank Tom P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Worth the ticket price and long lines for admission - this is a historic sight loaded with history and fun facts about architecture and the development of the Big Apple as a global metropolis. You can't beat the wraparound views from the observation deck!

Thank Ray Q
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had prebooked with our city pass, but still had huge queues as every stage. Just had to shuffle along with everyone. It is amazing at the top, one of the "must do " things in NY. We walked from the 85th to the outside...More

Thank Lucysmumanddad
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Arrive at the Empire State Building without any tickets. Saw the signs about their VIP Experience, asked and we were told we could have a pre-fix dinner at their restaurant. This gave us access to the observatory as well for less than the VIP tickets...More

Thank Polaki97
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were in the long line to get in the obersavation deck. There is no instructions on what you can bring. There is no entertainment provided in the waiting area. For the price we pay, the service can be much better.

Thank Summer620
Reviewed yesterday

Spectacular views on the outside observation deck, but we had to wait 90 minutes to get in! Understandably there is tight security but the queues to get in are like something from a Disney attraction, without the same thrill! Yes, the views are great but...More

Thank Jacqui H
Reviewed yesterday

This was a great experience to see both lower & uper manhattan, we went right up to observatory deck, good experience.

Thank Haggai J
Reviewed 2 days ago

After visiting NY many times but not going to Empire State building, I must say the wait is worth it. Just the building architecture and the incredible story of how quickly and efficiently it was built is enough to warrant a visit.

Thank psieyes
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's really quite simple folks, if you want to beat the queues you make the effort and get out of bed early and get there for when the ESB opens at 8am. Trust me, it's worth it! Yes it's pricey but it's an icon of...More

Thank Leekmuncher7474
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Brilliant we all really loved from pensioners to teenagers it was one of the things that lived up to expectations

Thank Westisbest111
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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6 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi GenMalta, Thank you for your inquiry. Guests are permitted to take selfie sticks with them to our Observatories. Please do note that all items are ultimately subject to our on-site security staff’s approval. Thanks again... More
Tina C
2 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Tina C., Thank you for your inquiry. We generally recommend allowing for an hour to an hour and a half for your visit. However, we strongly advise visiting during our off-peak hours between 8-9:30 a.m., or after 11 p.m... More
2 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi braz962016, Thank you for your inquiry. Our lobby is free and open to the public, but please note that you will have to pay for an Observatory ticket to see our Sustainability Exhibit, as well as the Dare to Dream Exhibit... More