Empire State Building
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- 98%History Buffs
- 94%Local Culture
- 78%Family Travelers
- 73%Art & Design Lovers
- 62%Adventure Travelers
- 59%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesAdventure Travelers
Skip it. It's not worth your money. I only went because my boyfriend really wanted to see it. There's cheaper and much better ways of getting a view of the city from above. I hear Rockafeller Center is free (?). Anyway, if you HAVE to do the empire state building, look up for the days/times when they open it up to the public for free. I think it's once a week or something like that.
Oh and dont' get fooled into buy the "fast line" passes from the scammers lurking around the entrance. The line goes pretty fast, and there's no guarantee the passes they sell you will actually be accepted by the ESB attendants.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 5
I would recommend that you come to this place very early because there are tons of lines you have to pass through as well as security. The place does a great and efficient job in getting the people in and moving the lines as quickly as possible.
I ended up coming for the late night and it was running. NOT FUN. It was super windy and holding an umbrella was terrible! But it is a great experience for the out of towners!
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
The Empire State Building opened in 1931, and during it's first five years, because of the Great depression, it was largely empty. Thus earning the nickname the "Empty State Building." If you're going to visit this majestic building, make sure you pay the extra fifteen dollars and go to the 102nd Floor Observatory. The views on the 86 floor are great, but viewing from the 102nd Floor is nothing less than stunning.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies
Yeah, it's pretty much a must that you visit the building at least once. First tip I'll give you: get your tickets in advance. And print them out if you can, everyone in the building is trying to use the cell signal so you might have a tough time pulling it up on your phone. You also have the option of paying a bit more to go to the very top (floor 102), I did not opt for this so I can't comment if it's worth it.
First you'll wait in line to take the elevator up. Oh, and you may see some people that don't wait in the line at all and just skip right in front of you. Try not to hate them, they just paid and extra $20 just for that, which is just silly to me. *shrugs*
Now you'll be at the 86th floor, which will be decked out with some very nice informative displays describing the history of the building, the construction and restoration over the years, and the men who gave their blood, sweat, and tears to erect this ode to capitalistic society.
Next will be what you've been waiting for: the observation deck. Make no mistake, the sights here really are quite breathtaking, and as many things are in the world cannot really be completely captured by photograph. Very much worth the money, time, and effort to see New York City in this manner. For me, this was enough of a view and as such I felt vindicated to have not sprung for the 102nd floor view. Also considering that I was already feeling uneasy from the natural swaying the building undergoes from the strong winds, it's probably safe to say I wouldn't have enjoyed being any higher than that.
So to conclude: for anyone who has never visited NYC before, this of course is a must-stop, but most of you probably already knew that. My purpose here was to hopefully guide you in your ticket purchasing plans and throwing you a few helpful tips along the way. Please do enjoy your stay :)Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 4
Spectacular views of NYC, Brooklyn and New Jersey. It is NYC landmark without a question. If you are visiting NYC - go and if you are a New Yorker go with your visiting out of town friends or family.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 2
Buy the tickets online to save some time. Very nice view at night. Very windy as well. It's a must if you are visiting New York City. It is close to Bryant park and Rockefeller center.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4
Sure, you'll get elbowed by tons of tourists trying to snap the picture-perfect NY up on the 86th floor, but as a first time visitor, the Empire State Building is a must.
You get great views but, most importantly, the experience of being on a landmark building in history.
Lines are long and views are better on Top of the Rock, but it's worth it for first timers (not more than once, though)Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3
It's so touristy, but it's such a must do if you're in NYC for the first time. Buy the tickets online to avoid the lines and come late in the afternoon - you will be able to see the sun set and the lights starting to go on across the island, it's almost magical.Recommended for:
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This iconic building is a must see if you're visiting NYC for the first of fifteenth time. You can purchase tickets for the Empire State's spectacular views from the Main Deck (86th Floor) and Sky Deck (102nd Floor) from a ticket sales office on the first floor of the building. Tickets run around $40 for both or $23 for just the Main Deck. (There also are premium tickets for 'express' elevators, which allow you to skip the huge lines.) You also can buy tickets online: www.esbnyc.com/buy_tickets.asp or often, from your concierge if you want to save time. If you can swing the price for the full schabang, it's worth checking out both decks--the views really are stunning.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5
We visited the Empire State Building early in the morning (around 8.15 am) and there was no waiting line. What can I say? "This is a Must See, even if you visit New York City for one day!"
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
A trip to the top is a must for anyone who hasn't been up. The views of the city are amazing, and you learn a lot about the history of the building and they city in the process.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackers+ 2
Perhaps one of the most recognized structures in the world (or maybe just the U.S.), the hype is not a lie: the views from the observation deck are simply radiant. Go on a warm summer evening and stand in the middle of the night sky, watching the magical Manhattan lights twinkling in the distance and zipping by far, far below.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3
I liked this because it's historically significant.
Other than that it was a disappointment.
If fantastic views are what you are looking for the "Top Of The Rock" has better views and the lines aren't as long.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3
The skydeck and observatory of the ESB have played crucial rolls in dozens of blockbuster hits. In "Sleepless in Seattle", the two lovers reunite here at midnight. and there are always plenty of friends playing along to that scene. Similarly, looking up at the ESB from the ground can evoke so many images of the skyline and skyscrapers on thousands of Hollywood films.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
It's a little pricey for admission (it's nearly $20) and you might have to wait in line, but the view of New York City, whether you go during the summer or the dead of winter (like I did) is amazing. I would personally recommend going at night when the entire city is lit up.Recommended for:
- Empire State BuildingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
The tallest building in New York, though it regained that title in rather macabre fashion and will lose it in the next year or two to the Freedom Tower. No matter its status, the Empire State Building will forever be remembered as one of the greatest and most famous skyscrapers in the world. It's not like King Kong climbed up the Burj Dubai or the Sears Tower. Unfortunately it does cost $20 per ticket to ride the elevator up to the observation deck. It's still cheaper than a helicopter ride.Recommended for:
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