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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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Our holiday in New York wouldn't have been complete without a trip up the Empire State Building. We went at dusk and got some great views of the city. The only downside was that it was very busy at that time, so there were queues...More

Thank NorvicMan
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Always wanted to see and go inside the Empire State it's the only building I wanted go up, it's fantastic, the lifts are so fast you get up there so fast and it's all done by the guy who gets you in the lift he...More

Thank thunderguts
Reviewed yesterday

Any week day is probably best for going up the Observation Deck or I was just lucky enough to avoid the huge crowd during a mid-afternoon visit up at the 86th Floor on a Friday. Walking around the outside deck and looking down at the...More

Thank Gina S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went on a weekday around midnight and there was no line at all. Everything is so beautiful inside. The staff were all very friendly and professional. We went to the 86th floor observatory. You can view indoors or outdoors with this selection. There's another...More

Thank Jesse W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had bought VIP tickets so we could skip the long line. Of course the day we had gone to visit the Empire State Building it started to rain. As we were leaving the next day we had no choice but to go up to...More

Thank homesickinLaval
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is one of those bucket list places. You can go during the day or do an evening. Views are unbelievable!

Thank MAMB
Reviewed yesterday

We purchased advance tickets online before we got to NYC, so we skipped the 30+-minute ticket-buying part of the line by just printing out our tix at the "airport quick check in"-style touchscreen kiosk. They gave us a gold "state fair" paper wristband & kept...More

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Thank jscrazyfake
Reviewed yesterday

We're thrilled to enjoyed both our daytime and evening views! A great tourist attraction. There is no ventilation in the elevators

Thank teresaamy2
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Totally worth the extra $$$ for the VIP experience. Awesome views of the city, especially at night.!

Thank rhingregmc
Reviewed yesterday

An amazing day spent with my family and other two couples of friends with the respectives children. Beginning from the style of the building, passing through the animated elevators that led us to an incredible view on the higher floor of the own building. Surely...More

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Thank Salvatore A
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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20 September 2017|
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Response from leisurelover777 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we had bought hop on hop off open top bus tickets online as we wanted to see as much as possible. As we were there for 3 days we bought the 3 day passes. Price included entry to a number of attractions of our choice... More
18 September 2017|
Response from evvy222 | Reviewed this property |
I also bought tickets online but I did not use PayPal. I used my own credit card and tickets were immediately available or at least within 24 hours I don't remember exactly. I would call Empire State Building. I had a... More
17 September 2017|
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Response from BrummieWelsh | Reviewed this property |
You can skip the ticket queue and just join the lift queue. You get to come back after 10pm on same day and they are strict about the time. We visited early morning in august midweek and there were no lines. City Pass was... More