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Empire State Building, New York City

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Observation Deck
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. Arrange to visit Empire State Building and other attractions in New York City using our New York City travel itinerary planner.
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  • Viewed the Empire late at night as wanted to see the city at night and was not disappointed. The ESB is open until 2am and we went at 10.30pm. There were no queues & you could easily see all the histo...  more »
  • We chose the VIP experience and it was very fast. Without it, you must be ready to spend a lot of time queuing. The view is Exceptional.  more »
  • It took us 2 hours to get to the elevators, behind every corner there's another line to wait, there are no sitting areas, you wanna skip the line? Pay extra.  more »
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  • An amazing experience. The staff was fantastic. The views couldn't be beat. I got the ticket to go to the 102nd floor. It was nice that it was enclosed because the wind was really blowing and it was quite chilly. It was a little difficult to take pictures through the glass. With the background reflections and the double window panes the camera's focus with become askew. And it was very crowded. On the main open observation deck you can get unobstructed views and full exposure to the weather. The wind really blows up there, even on a clam day. So if you are taking picture you will need to be able to brace the camera and yourself so you don't upset the camera's focus. Especially when you are doing night photography with the zoom lens. Don't walk through the building without taking note of the architecture. It is worth some pictures as well. You have not experienced NYC until you visit the Empire State Building.
  • I spent $100 for the sunrise experience. There were about 15 other people that morning which meant no waiting and no competition for views. However it was completely foggy all morning and apparently had been for the past few days. Check the weather before purchasing these tickets. The man in charge gave us general admission tickets to come back so we did later in the afternoon for some satisfying views. We should have saved $60 and done that originally.
  • The tour was informative, the line didn't seem to long to go up. The wait for the elevator to go back down was a little wait though, but we were having fun so we didn't mind. They had security guards on every corner at the top which made me feel more safe. The views of the city were amazing. We times it so we could be at the top at dusk, take some photos the daylight and then watch all the lights come on. All the staff served courteous despite the hectic crowd. I'd definitely like to visit again.
  • Long queues, Busy, Pricey but worth every penny. Nice views of the NY city. Beautiful at Night. Open till late. Get a City Pass and that will save some time. Really windy when up at the 103rd floor. A great experience, a must if you visit NY city, exceptional views on a clear day.
  • Totally lived up to expectation. The most stunning building in the world to me, I love the art deco style. Views as you can imagine are amazing. staff very friendly and actually not bad value for money. We arrived just after 9 am and we went to both levels and were still out within the hour. Definitely go early to avoid queing. An experience ticked off my bucket list!