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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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Art Deco masterpiece

Totally worth a visit - the Art Deco design is stunning, and gives you a real feel for 1930s New York. There is also lots of information on the construction of the building which... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Totally worth a visit - the Art Deco design is stunning, and gives you a real feel for 1930s New York. There is also lots of information on the construction of the building which is very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Great views in an iconic building, what more can I say? OK I have to say more as that isn't 100 characters long - there is an interesting exhibition of the construction on the way up. Also we were offered the option of walking up the last 6 flights, felt like more of an experience doing this!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We decided to try and avoid the queues and went on a Monday evening but it seems the queues were inevitable (but probably less than the weekends) . It was extremely busy when we got to the top and had to wait to get past everyone to get to see the views. The views by night are spectacular and the... More 

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Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building, responded to this review

Hi Rebecca M, Thank you for your feedback. We're disappointed to hear you didn't have a more enjoyable Empire State Building Experience. We encourage guests to check the wait clock that can be found on our website, which displays real-time anticipated time to the top. Additionally, purchasing tickets online as well as our Express Pass, which allows guests to skip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

prebooked tickets online for 86th floor obs deck -although tickets are dated they are valid for one visit any time within a year from that date . Expected 2 hour plus queueing so tried to get there early ( earlyish- 09.30 on a Sun late Aug ) so was pleasantly surprised that we walked straight in ( entrance is on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the EPS building greatly. At the Grand entrance there is a huge arch and inside, a large mural made of mosaics. Up the escalator, there were automatic elevators which made it easy to use. On the elevator from the 1-80 floors, there was a small movie on the roof of the elevator. It was very fun. On the... More 

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La Plata, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

attention to the visitor is not good. the organization for people who have to get tickets and for which we had the entries in the pass rate was the same city pass, which all had to do the same queue and it was not what was agreed

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

What amazing views you get from the Empire State Building. We went early in the morning (about 9am) and didn't have to wait in line. The elevator up to the observation deck was really quick and as I said above the views are amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

What a great "take" when visiting NYC. No visitor to NYC should miss this though be prepared as it is pricey. Splurge and go to the very top level. City views are breathtaking and tutorial helps you learn a lot about the city and where things are located. Very well organized and maintained. Friendly and patient staff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Only went to the 86th floor. you can go higher for some extra cash. The views are awesome. We watched a rainstorm go across Central Park,which was very cool. The lines weren't terribly long. Pretty organized getting you up and down.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Went to ESB during the day, which was great for the views, especially of the Flatiron building. The ESB is a stunning building but you're better off looking AT it from Rockefeller, rather than looking out from it, as it's such an iconic building. The museum is cool too - you can learn all about its construction and historical events.

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