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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

Please don't go to New York and not do this. We went up after dark, and although it was high season, we didn't queue for very long at all. It is very well organised, and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. When you get...More

Thank katec012017
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is everything you think it's going to be. A truly iconic building which was well worth the visit. Elevator ride was less than a minute and the queues weren't bad at all. However. . . . the queues as we left at 10.30am were...More

Thank R H
Reviewed yesterday

Perfect! The line was long, but about an hour ist ok (CN Tower was more than 3hrs which is unacceptable!). The staff was friendly and showed the way. The view on top ist just the best you can get!

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Thank yzany5
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We arrived at 8am and went straight in no queues, top tip get there early !!! Cracking views but again the key is get there early and no messing about queuing ....

Thank KarenA2607
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When touring NYC, decided to get a view form the top of the Empire State Building. We decided to go at night and luckily missed the crowds. The view is wonderful. Classic NYC.

Thank HNWL
Reviewed yesterday

As with other such buildings, you can't stop marvelling at the feat of engineering, what a reward when you get to the top.

Thank Kishoree
Reviewed yesterday

You have to go in and you have to go up, but a 2 hour ordeal?? Arrggghhh. But, I can say I've been to the 86th floor and I'm glad now that I did it. But, more staff please.

Thank Coachbrian22
Reviewed yesterday

We went after dinner one evening around 11pm and it was still busy. I dread to think how bust it gets during the day. Views from 102nd floor were restricted as too many were allowed up. views from the main observation desk were outstanding however,...More

Thank Darren I
Reviewed yesterday

This iconic architectural gem is a must-see! It is definitely worth every penny, and I would advise an upgrade to go right to the top! the view of NYC from atop this amazing building is spectacular.

Thank Sallyggx
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We paid attention to the previous reviews and ordered our tickets online and arrived at 10am and feel this added to the experience. I'd advise you to skip the indoor section and head straight up to the outdoor observation and with a bit of patience...More

Thank Anthony P
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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6 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi GenMalta, Thank you for your inquiry. Guests are permitted to take selfie sticks with them to our Observatories. Please do note that all items are ultimately subject to our on-site security staff’s approval. Thanks again... More
Tina C
2 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi Tina C., Thank you for your inquiry. We generally recommend allowing for an hour to an hour and a half for your visit. However, we strongly advise visiting during our off-peak hours between 8-9:30 a.m., or after 11 p.m... More
2 August 2017|
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Response from Empire_State_Bldg | Property representative |
Hi braz962016, Thank you for your inquiry. Our lobby is free and open to the public, but please note that you will have to pay for an Observatory ticket to see our Sustainability Exhibit, as well as the Dare to Dream Exhibit... More