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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

Still magical. Try off times to avoid long waits. Make sure you have downloaded a book just in case. Go all the way to the top. It's worth it. To be outside and see all of NY and hear NY is just incredible. Make sure...More

Thank DBuksh
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As a life long New Yorker,you must do the Empire State observation deck.. the view is incredible. . I actually prefer it in the winter months.. it's chilly. . But on a nice clear day you would be pleased to see as far as one...More

Thank Michael L M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The view was incredible. My 13 year old granddaughter and I thought we would see the Empire State Building in the evening. It was beautiful to see all the lights at night from the top. A must do!

Thank 339gudrunr
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After getting engaged in Central Park we headed to the top of the Empire State Building to watch the sunset! It was perfect!! The views were spectacular and we were lucky to get such a clear night! I would fully reccomend shelling out the money...More

Thank siobhansmdevine
Reviewed yesterday

My wife is in a wheelchair so we were directed to the front of the queue. Once at the top the views over Manhattan were incredible and the windows on the 86th floor were low enough for my wife to see. On 102 there are...More

Thank Phil J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Let's face it - this is on a lot of people's must-do list. As such, it's crowded. The lines can be horrendous. Oh but wait! You can pay to go straight up without the wait! The views are great when the weather is cooperative, but...More

Thank JKinLAS
Reviewed 2 days ago

Way too long queues for customers not bothering to pay for fast track. We spent over 1,5 h waiting to get into the elevator. Paid extra to go all the way to the top, only to find out it had the same views with even...More

Thank Lillian S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Actually visited Jan 16 when seeing the new year in in New York. Massive queues and paid to fast track which was a huge benefit seeing how long it would have taken and when so cold out on the sidewalk. I must say though although...More

Thank Gary E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Little boys and a big building make for an awe inspiring family memory. The empire building is to NYC like sand is to a beach. It's amazing the architecture and craftmanship of this old relic. It's worth the visit no matter your age.

Reviewed 2 days ago

It is an icon of NY, it is impossible to go to that city and not see it. I felt like I was in some of the many films that have been filmed there. Definitely a wonderful piece of architecture.

Thank ekaterinecaes
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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is it warm in side or in the elevator that takes you up? I want to make sure there is adequate air conditioning as i am going with someone who has a medical condition and needs it cool
16 June 2017|
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Response from Cypriot_man | Reviewed this property |
it felt very comfortable from when we entered to when we got to the outside viewing floor
Gianna P
Hi We have booked tickets online and we choose to print them at home, but cannot print them because the printer is broken. Can we go to the ticket desk with the booking confirmation and get them from there?
12 June 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Gianna P, Thank you for your inquiry. You can redeem your online purchase at our ticketing booth if you would like. However, you can also show the ticket on your smartphone. All you need to do is have the QR code... More
I'm wondering whether to buy a New York City explorer pass but noticed that you still have to queue for a ticket at the ticket line. I've read that the best time to come is 8-9.30am or after 11pm but wondered what the wait times are like the rest of the day? We'd save a bit buying the pass but don't want to queue for hours. Thanks
2 June 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi GingerElbow, Thank you for your inquiry. Prior to visiting, we encourage guests to check the real-time wait clock found on our website, which displays the anticipated time to the top. The wait times can vary greatly... More