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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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Always a must. Again and again. Only a helicopter fight tops this. Choose the right time to avoid long queues.

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Berlin, Germany
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Always a must. Again and again. Only a helicopter fight tops this. Choose the right time to avoid long queues.

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Much the same as the Rockefeller Centre, but with better views of downtown, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island etc. Longer lines but definitely worth the wait!

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The building is beautiful, I actually preferred the inside to the view! It is really expensive so we decided we would only go to the 86th floor and not the 102nd (which is an extra 20 dollars pp). Problem is, from the 86th you are in a metal cage which ruins your pictures and you aren't high enough up to... More 

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I visited on perhaps the first day of this programme offering, in late October. Overall, it was fabulous. We had clear weather, although very cold for October, so you would need to bundle up on cold days. I like that they take you up while it is still dark so that you can see the city night lights before the... More 

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Best bit is the beautiful art deco lobby. You do get herded around, views okay. Gift shop rubbish dress up warmly as it's cold out there.

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This is simply a must if you plan on a visit to NYC. The museum and views are great. We went the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the line was not bad and we stayed up top about 2 hours. However we noticed there was a 4 hour wait by the end of the week. So plan strategies to make sure... More 

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The view from Empire State is definitely a sight to behold but the wait for elevator to 86th floor observation deck was at least one hour+ Also, as in all sightseeing spots, you go through a security screening. Recommended for the view but prepare for a long wait.

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A top of the list to visit the veiws were amazing day & into night, best to pay for a VIP ticket well worth it as we were fast tracked past everyone the queues were very very long!!!!!

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1.5hours waiting to get there (in the que) to see the sights. All over in 10 minutes. Just the once is enough

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All my life I've wanted to get to the top of this iconic building, at the age of 60 I have finally done it, we took skip the queue tickets but we realy didn't need to because we went early evening and queuing was quite light, you gotta go all the way, it's a once in a lifetime treat, and... More 

Thank Mike S

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