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“Great Experience”

Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,144 things to do in New York City
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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 3 May 2018

Great view, amazing building. We visited around 4.00pm in the afternoon and it was fairly quiet, so in our opinion, a good time to visit to avoid the crowds.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Caroline B
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

The emblematic empire state building....is one of the best views of New York....

To see the view only we have a problem... waiting time..and exercise... walking at the top.

But in the end ...suberbe view..and fly with the eys.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank CarlosF5833
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit!
We did the night time and it was great, great views and the building has lots of character.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank alanfM9650UY
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Of course it is a cliché! But you really can't visit NY and not do the Empire State. The views are very impressive. It's worth paying more to avoid the queues - which can be daunting.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Phil F
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

This was one of those "must do" at least once bucket list items. I've visited NYC a number of times but never made it Empire State Building. I took my mom and sister for their first visit so decided to make it happen. I loved the views but not worth the cost of admission IMO. 32USD to look out of a few windows (we didn't go to the top). The views were spectacular but thankfully we had the NY pass that made it no cost to us. I would have been highly disappointed if I'd paid. We were in there maybe 30 minutes.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank chicagoan0923
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Empire_State_Bldg, Reviews Manager at Empire State Building, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Hi chicagoan0923,
We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed our views and appreciate your feedback. Please note, general admission tickets are priced similar to other NY Observatories. We work hard to provide a unique experience for all our guests, including our Sustainability and Dare to Dream exhibits, complimentary Observatory Experience app and panoramic views. Next time, we encourage you to head to the Observatory, where you’ll get open-air 360-degree views of NYC and beyond. Thank you for visiting and leaving this review.
-Empire State Building

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