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“Great iconic experience!”

Empire State Building
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US$37.00*
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and...
Ranked #15 of 1,153 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 2 weeks ago

We purchased our tickets online in advance and then arrived at 7:50 am on a Tuesday. There were just 20 people ahead of us in line. Because we had dressed and packed light, we breezed through security and then bypassed the line for ticket sales, making us the first guests to arrive on the deck! Such an incredible experience to see the city wake up from high above! The staff was extremely friendly and personable. Loved our experience! I’ve heard the lines are ordinarily pretty long and tiresome, so I recommend getting there first thing in the morning!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good installations, few time to go up to the top and good service form the personal. Good information about the building and its history

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was fantastic! We had the visit during the day and then we came back at night. We have no words to describe the emotions you feel when you go there.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been here since 1986. At first I was not happy about the ticket fee but the attraction was well organized and all the attraction employees were friendly, welcoming, and professional.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very old fashioned experience. The outfits of the workers are hideous. Literally we paid for a view and nothing else.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Angela R.,
We’re sorry to hear you didn’t have a better experience. We work hard to provide a unique experience for all our guests, including our Sustainability and Dare to Dream Exhibits, our celebrity walk, our complimentary Observatory Experience App and our 360-degree open-air views of NYC. Thank you for visiting.
-Empire State Building

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