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“The View is Outstanding!”

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets
Ranked #8 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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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 6 October 2017

We purchased the anytime VIP ticket and are so glad we did! We got to skip the line and be first in the elevator. The views were spectacular and we liked it better than the observation floor at Top of the World. Highly recommend everyone visiting NYC to go to the Empire State Building!

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

we visited the Empire state Building for my husbands 50th birthday, unfortunately there was a problem with our pre-booked tickets, the staff were very patient and helpful and arranged tickets for our group to go up the tower by giving us their staff discount, thanks for a memorable birthday for my husband.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

The view is awesome, I really recommend the 102nd floor, not open air but less crowded and the Art Deco design in every detail of the building is so beautiful.
I had some problems with my online VIP ticket. Everybody was so helpful and in such a good and fun mood even though it was really crowded and stressy, amazing, thanks for that!

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Great attraction. Expected much less but it was more than just a elevator trip to the top of a tall building.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

So I want to give you my experience of outside. Our hotel was situated right in front of it and you could see it out the window. At night it comes to light different colours and it looks awesome! What I was truly impressed with was that they match the lighting of the building to whats going on around the world and when we went it was India's Independence day and they lighted up the
Empire State building with the Indian flag colours! That was truly an amazing sight!

Thank PDKJ
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