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“Great View, shame it was so expensive”

Empire State Building
Ranked #15 of 1,141 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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 16 July 2018

Prices in NYC are rediculous and this is typical. Almost $200 for 4 adults and one child is just too expensive. However e did it anyway and started around 5pm. However the skylines looks so much better when the Sun sets and all those lights come on. Just looked amazing. Go at night - its much better. Loses one star for the price and one because I personally think the view is just as good or better from the New Jersey side. Others tell me that the Rockefeller Building has better views but I cannot say as we did not do it

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank amohanty90
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Came here a few years ago and the Empire State Building was on the bucket list. Im so glad I went up, the views are breathtaking. The architectural design is superb and the staff were happy to help. A must visit

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank s0uthw0rthb
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We went on Tuesday to the Empire State Building and the view was exhilarating!! We did the 86th floor view which was so much to see! It’s romantic and beautiful all at once! We were in NY for our anniversary. A must do if you want to really see the city in it’s all

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Go on a day with clear skies. The view won’t disappoint and the architecture/history is wonderful too.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gideon M
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Visited this view point for the first time on our trip. Entry was very fast with no wait time at all. We went to the 80th floor and then to the 86th floor. On the 80th floor you look out of large windows. On the 86th you are outside but it is very cramped and skinny up there. The views are great you can see down town easier than from top of the rock but the central peak is not as clear. The binoculars are free to use and give a great view.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LadyDogChampion85
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