The 103-story Empire State Building in midtown stood as the world's tallest building for nearly four decades, from its completion in 1931 until 1970, when it was surpassed by another New York skyscraper. Considered an American cultural icon, the building underwent a massive renovation in 2010 to make it more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Admire the Art Deco mosaics in the lobby, and then take an elevator to the observation deck at the top, where you'll have 360-degree views of the entire city. If you don't have time to wait in line for the top, visit the 86th-floor observatory, which at 320 m (1,050 ft) high still provides remarkable views. If you're in the city in the evening, try to catch a glimpse of the building to see its pinnacle bathed in lights. Use our New York City trip itinerary maker app to visit Empire State Building on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Duration: 6 hours
$48 BOOK WITH VIATOR Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck
Duration: 45 to 90 minutes
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$70 BOOK WITH VIATOR Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
Duration: 2 hours
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Duration: 1 to 10 days
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Duration: 17 to 20 minutes
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Empire State Building reviews
Enjoyed the views. Sunset was spectacular. It was pretty crowded at sunset. The staff manning the elevators was very efficient.
Enjoyed the views. Sunset was spectacular. It was pretty crowded at sunset. The staff manning the elevators was very efficient. more »
From the time we arrived everyone treated us well. All employees were polite and courteously. The building and displays were clean and well maintained. The exhibits are very well done and keep you...
From the time we arrived everyone treated us well. All employees were polite and courteously. The building and displays were clean and well maintained. The exhibits are very well done and keep you... more »
Do me a favor. Stand right in front of the Empire State, and look up. You can close that mouth now!! This place is INCREDIBLE! When we entered, absolute immediate elegance and beauty. Then ever floor and step of the way was just better. That one place where they simulate the people in the old times building? Absolutely breathtaking. Then when you go up the elevator, you see another simulation of the old time constructors. When you get to the watch area, try not to cry, try not to open your mouth, try not to squeal, try not to be darn happy. Impossible right? I agree. It was just the happiest moment of my life. Seeing NYC through the eyes of the Empire State Building was just an honor. Now, one warning. I have acrophobia. If you have acrophobia, I still recommend you to come, but stay inside when it’s time to go to the watch area and also, keep your distance from windows. I got too close and I almost passed out. But it’s alright if you make sure nothing triggers your fears. Actually, more than alright. Beautiful. This is the heart and soul of New York, let me tell you. I would recommend you to come, 110%.
I know... you're probably like, "is it worth it?" Yes it is! The whole experience is first-class. Similar to Disney, the Empire State Building's experience starts the moment you get into the line. They have tons of micro-experiences while you wait to get to the top. And they're all extremely well done. My favorite was walking through the construction site. With the full-wall videos, it really feels like you're in the 1920's high above NYC. Of course, the best part is the top floor. NYC looks amazing from 88 floors high. It's cold, but totally worth it. The pics I have will last me the rest of my life.
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