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Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,136 things to do in New York City
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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 4 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve been a few times before over the years and nothing much has changed, its a great view and its no wonder so many people visit. We went for 8am as the queues are insanely long during the day, the kids would have been a nightmare otherwise. Its not as good as the Top of the Rock but it is complimentary, do both if you can.

Thank Christopher G
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Following on from my review of the top of the rock, this I the best view to see at Night where as the top of the rock is the best for day time.

The only annoying thing about the empire state that if you want to go right to the top it costs and extra $20 per person. Also there are a lot of people on the street hassling you to get tickets.

TOP TIP: do at night

Thank Feirny312
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We went around 9 am on a Sunday to avoid the lines and that worked well. There was only a wait from the first floor we visited to the outside level. The building is beautiful and you feel like you've truly arrived in NYC when you're on top. My only problem was the security there. They were not taking their job seriously at all. Not looking at the screen of the bags or using a wand on people who made the metal detector go off. It didn't make me feel very secure, just a waste of time.

Thank aegeeg
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

It was so special to be in such an iconic building. The lobby is breathtaking and the views from the deck are spectacular! You can monitor wait times on their website and they are pretty accurate. We went during the week at about 5 and literally walked right in, with no wait at all.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Went here on our first day. Got into the lift and there is a video playing and its like watching the building be built, amazing. Thee views at the top are breathtaking

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