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Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
Phone Number:
+1 212-736-3100
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The world-famous Empire State Building offers unobstructed panoramic views...

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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we bought the VIP tickets and it was so worth the extra money. We visited in December and so the weather can be inclement. when it is good everyone wants to see the view. When... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we bought the VIP tickets and it was so worth the extra money. We visited in December and so the weather can be inclement. when it is good everyone wants to see the view. When we arrived the line was half way around the block and 90 minutes in December chill, we asked one of the security men where to... More 

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Amazing building a must see and do no queuing, really helpful people, very clean and tidy.....take as long as you want, no one rushing you...1 of our top 10 in new york

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Armadale, United Kingdom
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I love this Building, when you go into it, it's like stepping back in time to the 20's. The building is amazing to see. When you get to the top the views are even more exciting, we went up at night when it was quieter and loved seeing the city all lit up at night!

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The Empire State Building was just ok. Obviously it is the most famous building in the city (or even the world?) but there wasn’t much in there and it took forever to get to the top and then to get back down again even when we were there at ten o’clock at night and it was relatively quiet. The views... More 

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Loved it so impressive all 102 floors a must see when visiting NY sort of disappears into the skyline with all the bigger buildings out shining it

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The panoramic views were spectacular! We were fortunate to have a clear day. The history of the building very interesting and to be built in one year amazing. We had the New York Pass so very little waiting even though a slow day. Everyone coming to NYC should visit the Empire State building!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was fantastic I am scared of highs but my partner loved it, you do get great views and we went at night so all the lights of time square it looked amazing! It was a very windy night which made me more nervous I still enjoy it tho and would recommend. Also they give you a low down on... More 

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Having a little fear of heights, we were a little apprehensive to go up to the 86th floor but we were so glad we did. We visited after dark and it was a very clear night. The lights of the City were so pretty.

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Very beautiful 360 degree views of the city! You can spend a lot of time there or a little bit, just depends on you. The 86th floor observatory is open air and has look outs. This is a great place for photos. You can pay an extra $20 to go the 102nd floor observatory, but it is enclosed by glass... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even the best views are from the Rockafella centre you have to go up the Empire. Its great. This old building is exceptional in its service and the ascent it quick and efficient

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