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“Great views!”

Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,208 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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 April 5, 2018

Really enjoyed the experience however I really don’t think after paying the initial fee you should have to pay more to go up to the higher floors- it’s expensive enough! However, the views are great- luckily we went up on our only sunny day in New York and I got some amazing photos on my phone. It was pretty crowded but you can always find a space to see and binoculars to use.

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

What a beautiful building! We loved the art deco feel and sheer glamour of the place. It was a real treat to visit when so few people were there. Why so few? Because the fog was filthy! We could barely see a thing, apart from some tiny misted-over people and vehicles on the street below! The staff warned us very kindly before we entered and we could have swapped and gone a different day, but hell! It was our birthday and we went ahead as intended. We made light of it, told ourselves we would have got vertigo if we could see clearly, and enjoyed the fact (photographic evidence) that Ed Sheeran also went on a foggy day! All the staff were very helpful.

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

We pre booked for my husband's birthday. We only landed that night so we were pretty tired but it was well worth it! It was spectacular. The view of everything out up was stunning. I recommend a night time visit for this attraction.

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Amazing attraction & views. Good to know more about the actual construction of the building too. Only down side was the long queues, but they did move fairly quickly. Would advise to pre-book tickets.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

First you book some tickets for a ridiculous price (100$ for the 102 floor) and then when you get there they inform you the waiting time is 2h. Unless you want to pay another 40$ to do “express queue” since we had plans we did not have any other choice. In the meantime all the people working there are incredibly rude and they don’t answer your questions. They just keep scream at you the whole time. Overall you have the feeling of an organised fraude, which makes the experience less enjoyable.

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Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hi alfred862,
We’re sorry to hear you didn’t have a more enjoyable experience. We take customer service seriously, and we would like to hear more about your experience. Please reach out to our Observatory Operations Manager, Gregg Picon, at GPicon@esbonyc.com and we will be in touch. Thank you for visiting.
-Empire State Building

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