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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,204 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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 6 October 2017 via mobile

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it was amazing! The views are ever better up high to see all of New York! I really commend it :)
Our wait was only a few minutes as we already had city passes but the other queues weren’t long either... but it was off season.
Attached are some photos that I took, it really is a great place to get photos :)

Thank Hannah R
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

You just have to go up the Empire State Building whilst in New York.
Views are unreal over the whole of the city

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We were lucky int hat the time we arrived which was about 3.30pm it wasn't that busy but it still took us 30 minutes to actually get to the top, but as we expected it was well worth it, shame that you can never rely on the weather as the surrounding area was a bit foggy but not sure if that was smog. Still a fascinating place to visit & again just something that you have to do.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

A very memorable experience, worth the money. We pre-booked tickets for the ESB before we left the UK . I chose the VIP Express Tickets which cost a bit more but are really worth the extra. They allow you to side step the queues, of which there are a few, as you ascend and descend the building. All tickets allow you to choose when you want to go up and I'd recomend going at night. The views of Manhattan at night are breathtaking and remember to take your camera, fantastic.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Enjoyed our visit to Empire State very much.... no lines went straight up through security and into elevator to take us to he top! 1 adult 2 children 17 and 3 years old both children enjoyed the experience wry much

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