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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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The lines can be pretty long but you can purchase a fast pass ahead of time online. We went up on Thanksgiving night and there was no line. I also recommend the night visit... read more

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Enid, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The lines can be pretty long but you can purchase a fast pass ahead of time online. We went up on Thanksgiving night and there was no line. I also recommend the night visit. That was new to me and I think I liked the view even better than I did during the day.

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If I were to do it all over again I would have booked the VIP package. The wait was excruciating. You wait outside on the street to get in the building and then there is another almost three hour wait between the two waiting queues(and we had advance purchase tickets) if you purchase tickets there its another 45 minute wait.... More 

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I visited the Empire State Building years ago and it was a very exciting thing to do. This is not a building to visit if you are afraid of heights. It was interesting to see the building in such good shape for how old it is. The entire purpose of visiting this building is the view of the city from... More 

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If you are like me you think of sleepless in Seattle when you think of this place. Maybe the view but thats about it! You have to walk through a maze of velvet ropes, some that redirect you to where you enter, without signage or direction! It cost $70 for the two of us to go to the 80th floor... More 

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We went at 9 pm on Christmas day. The weather was clear and very chilly with some blustery wind gusts. The views were unbelievable!! Every side of the building gives you incredible views. We paid to go to the 86th floor, I will say its worth the $26 more to get the VIP pass. We were able to bypass all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came up here at night time and it was beautiful! Great to see how different the city looks from the day time to night time. Gorgeous photos to take as well.

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Sulphur, Louisiana
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When trying to fit in as much as possible on our trip, the VIP pass was worth every Penney. We went at 1:00 pm. And were not sure if we were wasting our money or not. So glad we spent the extra money, because the other line was over an hour wait and we walked straight to the movie then... More 

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We went in the evening, almost no queues inside. Amazing views right across Manhattan. It was very windy so didn't stay up there for too long, but enough time to get the photos we wanted. A must if you visit NYC.

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You get a lot of education on the way about how it was built and it was unbelievable what they were able to do. The views are amazing! We went during the day and the Top of the Rock at night. I highly suggest this. It was beautiful to see the Empire State Building at night all lit up from... More 

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Wow! What a view from the top!! Very clean building and friendly staff. Will certainly visit again if I'm ever in New York again.

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