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Empire State Building

350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
+1 212-736-3100
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
350 Fifth Avenue, Between 33rd and 34th Streets, New York City, NY 10118-0110
+1 212-736-3100
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As expected, the view from the observation deck was incredible!! We preferred this to the Rockefeller observation deck. It’s open air and they have those binocular stands so you can see the buildings in great detail! We visited mid week and there was no queue!!...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Just returned from our trip to NYC. We visited 20 years ago & got engaged on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. This time round, I had got my wife's engagement ring 'improved' & it was a surprise for her to receive it...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We visited at night and took the basic ticket for $36.00 to the 86th floor where the outside viewing platform is located...... the city at night is absolutely beautiful..... but remember that at that height the winds are much stronger and the temperature is cooler.......More

Thank SherriMR
Reviewed yesterday

We were at the Empire State Building on Veterans Day with the parade going on outside the building. We visited the building shortly after noon. This was a great time to see this attraction, as it was not crowded at all. We could see that...More

Thank kathijr
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Out of the three places we visited with amazing views this it the one I wouldn’t do again. It’s a fabulous place, staff are pretty friendly, queues were ok moved quickly, glad it wasn’t any busier. We had to visit to say we had been...More

Thank lindseylou72
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did this at night and the view was amazing. Very organised, went went about 6pm and there were not any queues. The view is worth paying for this, we only went to the 86th floor but it was amazing. Went outside to the observation...More

Thank stephnal81
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to empire state just after landing in newyork in the afternoon it was lovely as it started to get dark while we were up there so you get best of both day and nite visit Lovely views no queues Have security checks when you...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I went up about 7pm, when it was dark in October. Getting an express ticket although extra was definitely worth it, it skipped a significant length of queues. The view is iconic as you would expect and the staff very friendly

Thank GEJP
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited in the evening when it was dark to see the city all lit up. Wow wow wow....breathtaking.....better than even expected. Thank you so much for those views.

Thank martinbfc74
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice view from top(82-86storey)can go further up(102storey)with xtra $$.Can see whole of New York,but pray hard when you visit the sky is clear or else wasted $$$.So 82-86 levels is 👍🏾enough

Thank Danny3236
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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7 November 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Sarah, Thank you for your inquiry! That is correct, tickets purchased online may be used at any time within one year of purchase. While you are prompted to select a week, you are not bound to that week. If you purchase... More
6 November 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi MarbellaSue, Thank you for your inquiry! We offer an AM/PM Combo Pass which allows you to visit us twice in one day, once in the morning and once in the evening! You can purchase this pass on our website under the "Buy... More
Christine J
3 November 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Christine, Thank you for your inquiry! Purchasing tickets online ahead of time allows you to skip the ticketing line in the building, whereas our Express Pass permits you to skip all lines inside the building. Guests... More