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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$147 BOOK WITH VIATOR New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
Duration: 6 hours
$71 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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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
$323 BOOK WITH VIATOR Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
Duration: 15 minutes
$103 BOOK WITH VIATOR Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
Duration: 2 hours
$110 BOOK WITH VIATOR Go City: New York Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions Go City: New York Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions
Duration: 60 days
$414 BOOK WITH VIATOR New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing
Duration: 17 to 20 minutes
$127 BOOK WITH VIATOR New York walking tasting tour with Secret Food Tours New York walking tasting tour with Secret Food Tours
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
$211 BOOK WITH VIATOR The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building
Duration: 1 to 10 days
$88 BOOK WITH VIATOR New York City at Night Bus Tour New York City at Night Bus Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Empire State Building reviews
Went at 6pm so fab night views of city. Excellent exhibition which I hadn't expected and did not feel crowded at all. Staff were all super friendly and helpful. Totally worth it.
Went at 6pm so fab night views of city. Excellent exhibition which I hadn't expected and did not feel crowded at all. Staff were all super friendly and helpful. Totally worth it. more »
You can see this iconic New York landmark from many places in New York the view from Herald square was pretty good as its pretty close to it
You can see this iconic New York landmark from many places in New York the view from Herald square was pretty good as its pretty close to it more »
Amazing art deco building absolutely loved it inside and out. The building is so beautiful and has been respectfully modernised so that you can barely notice. The journey to the observatory has a wealth of historical information on the construction and foundations of the building which is hugely interesting. The staff are there at every step,helpful and polite and courteous. Would highly recommend a visit for everyone and of course the stop at the gift shop. Fabulous day out.
Best experience ever!!! So I got gifted a chance to go to the 80, 86, and 102 floors at sunset. Best gift ever!!! The best experience ever. It was beautiful and stunning. The photos and the museum were great. I had a blast. I highly recommend it if your in NYC, the view it amazing. And!! You can see the roof top bars and pick one to go to after your visit the Empire state building.
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