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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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A must-go (until the 86th floor)

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a nice view of Manhattan at night from the main deck at 86th floor. The top deck was a rip-off, $20 or so extra, it was a tiny room with practically... read more

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a nice view of Manhattan at night from the main deck at 86th floor. The top deck was a rip-off, $20 or so extra, it was a tiny room with practically no view. I don't recommend buying the top deck ticket. Be prepared for a long wait (unless you buy the express pass)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our first trip to NYC. It was a definite must do if you are never coming back. We got lucky with short lines but the next time we went by the lines were very long. I wouldn't wait in a long line for this! Everything is a rush and you feel like cattle being herded into a pen. The views... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Highly recommend the VIP pass; expensive but well worth it. Must have passed 1500 people waiting in line and rode to the top just in time for sunset. Extra nice because I proposed to my girlfriend on the 86th floor observation deck - she said yes! The staff was awesome and very efficient. Great experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can't visit NYC without seeing this iconic building, so integral to the famous city skyline. All the Depression-era logos and architectural features give an impression of calm sturdiness and permanence. It's softly gleaming polished bronze doors and trim are understated and elegant. Tours are available for an in-depth look, but a ride on the elevator to the observation deck... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were so lucky. We purchased tickets before we arrived and this meant to were pushed further up the queue. Its such a beautiful place. You can get lots of pics which we did and you can buy a CD however when we got back there was nothing on the CD so a bit of a let down really

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were short on time and not able to come back another time so went to the top even though the staff advised there was no view (and there wasn't). Because there was no view you get the option to come back later but ONLY if you don't go up (we knew this and the staff let us know at... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best time to visit the main building in NYC is after 10 pm. No lines, no wait and the same unforgettable view!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful piece of architecture - Empire State Building is a must see. Located on the corner of 34th and 5th Avenue, it is in Midtown where many other attractions are also present. Whether to up to the exploration deck or just watch this pure beauty from downstairs or from top of some other surrounding buildings - it does not... More 

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Hermosillo, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Got great shots of the city even when it was very cold and windy. Beautiful building very easy to Go up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fast and less tourist in the evevenibg 10pm onwards. Plus you get to see a bird's eyeview of the city at night. Best fot city lights and skyline shots.

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