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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$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: 4 hours
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Empire State Building reviews
The esbnyc.com website lists the building close time as midnight (12:00 am), but actually it the doors close at 10:15 pm and we were forced to leave at 10:45 pm not leaving us enough time to tour the.... more
The esbnyc.com website lists the building close time as midnight (12:00 am), but actually it the doors close at 10:15 pm and we were forced to leave at 10:45 pm not leaving us enough time to tour the.... more »
We went up at 8.30pm after sunset (when there is an additional supplement). No queues and good to see the city at night all lit up. Lots to see and read on the way.
We went up at 8.30pm after sunset (when there is an additional supplement). No queues and good to see the city at night all lit up. Lots to see and read on the way. more »
An amazing building with an amazing history. I have been here before and the experience is as spectacular as always. Everything is clearly marked and it's easy to get in and to the top. It's a bit cold in the winter months, so remember to dress warm. Even if there is no wind on the streets below, it can get quite windy at the top and it's not as enjoyable if you're cold. There are binoculars available, however they are not free so expect to pay to use them. I think the view is plenty good without binoculars. You can easily enjoy the Manhattan buildings. Great place to go.
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%.
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