The Empire State Building, New York City (courtesy, Empire State Building)

The 102-story Empire State Building is an enduring symbol of New York City. It was built during the Depression, the product of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob, creator of General Motors, to see who could construct the tallest building. It opened in 1931 and was the world's tallest building for more than 40 years. Today, the Empire State Building is the tallest building in New York City and the state. Visitors can take a high-speed elevator to the 86th Floor Observatory, which sits at 1,050 feet, and take in the views from a glass-enclosed area or the spacious outdoor promenades. For a closer look, high-powered binoculars are available at a minimal cost. Admission is $20 for adults, $14 for children, and $18 for seniors; an ESB Express Pass, which allows patrons to skip lines, is $45 for all ages. The 102nd Floor Observatory is also accessible for an additional $15.

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Family Review of Empire State Building

Away Travel Expert: Steve Jermanok
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Pick a clear day for stellar views.
  • Express Pass moves you to the front of those legendary long lines; it's pricey but can be worth it.
  • 86th floor observatory is included in admission; the 106th floor observatory is extra.

350 5th Ave
New York, New York 10018

Traveler Reviews of Empire State Building

Erica rates Empire State Building
Best views of New York. I went at night so it was really beautiful seeing everything all lit up. Looks like the city never ends from up there. All you can see is lights and buildings for as far as your eyes can go. Obviuosly a staple for any visitor to New york. Would love to return and see it in the day time also!!
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Telephone Number: (212) 736-3100
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