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Empire State Building, New York City, New York

350 5th Ave, New York City, New York

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  • Visited: 2015-04-01
  • Submitted: 2015-04-12 19:13:03.0
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The express pass allowed you to go to a shorter security line and straight to the elevators vs waiting in a long snake line. Had we waited in the line, I do not think anyone would have enjoyed it nearly as much by the time we finally got to the tip. Additionally, the initial line was very short when we arrived in the morning. By the time we left is was really long.

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  • Visited: 2012-10-01
  • Submitted: 2012-12-27 18:02:06.0
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A must see in NYC

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Kids will ove it.

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Submitted by: Joey R.

"Ding-Dong King Kong" I'm sorry as a native New Yorker I love the Empire State Building.  As a street walker...Not like thaaat... haha... you forget about what things look like from above. It's kind of incredible.  The Empire State Building does an amazing job educating you on what you are looking at, which is hard to find in NY sometimes from such a vantage point. The Empire State Building reminds me of how when living in NY you forget to do these things.  Just like how we forget about the MOMA, or the Whitney, or the High Line, or McSoreleys (NY's oldest bar).   If you travelled to Italy you would frequent ALL of the above, no? If you have the opportunity to do the ride inside I say go for it.  Be a kid, l...

Submitted by: Jason S.

We went on a Friday evening.  Skip the guys in orange on the street.  Price is cheaper inside.  We were there a few years...

Submitted by: Emily B.

I am into the Empire State Building!  I've been so fortunate to get to go twice recently once for the Yelp event and another time for a walk through.  I didn't get to have the real experience of buying a ticket and waiting in those lines but I did observe for awhile and they seemed to move quickly and get people through... for such an ancient maze like building I think they run it pretty well.  Staff was all super friendly for the most part, I imagine their job isn't the easiest being asked constantly the same questions in many different languages, but they did their best. I still have yet to make it up to the 103rd floor and truthfully I don't even know if I could handle it... have to stay tuned for the nex...

Submitted by: Chad S.

On a cold, overcast day you might think that a tour of a high-rise building's observation deck is far from comparable to Disney World. BUT, when you have two of the BEST Tour Guides in town, something brings the sun out on those cloudy days. An experience I won't soon forget. Being a native New Yorker does not stop me from gazing up at the Empire State Building daily, among other NYC Skyscrapers. I don't take this city for granted and am forever mesmerized. As long as I can remember, back to when I was a teeny tiny little guy, I have always been fascinated with the New York skyline, and this fascination has not dissipated as I've grown older. I visited the Empire State Building several times as a child, in p...

Submitted by: Luke T.

The entire experience was hellish and not worth the so-so view. It will take you an eternity to get up to the deck. You will age in front of your spouse and you will see all your children grow up while you are in line.  Some folks actually just crumble into dust and fade away.... It took us 2 hours to get up there at 6pm Sunday. The deck was so crowded. You can barely walk around the deck without stepping on someones toes. It was miserable. After a 2 hour line, this is not worth it at all. If you've landed in a major airport at nite, you seen the sight. No need to waste an entire evening to stand in line and get up to see this view... I wish Occupy Wall Street would come over here and tell them to shut down ...

Submitted by: Sonny g.

I came here for the first time ever when I was 18 years old. My family was visiting from Phili and my aunt really wanted to take her five kids to see this famous NY sight, so I tagged along. Boy was I unimpressed. First off construction was being done so it didn't look nice at all on the inside of the build...

Submitted by: Franny A.

Visiting one of my favorite NY buildings on a private Yelp Elite tour was a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.  I see the lights of the building walking home in Chelsea, though I have not been inside the building in almost 10 years, let alone to the observation deck where I went many times as a child with my parents and as an adult with foreign guests....... The building has been restored in many parts to it's orighinal art deco design and grandeur.  We were accompanied by the building manager and branding director and they clearly loved this elegant lady of a building. We went to the observation deck on 86 where the gift shop was thiankfully moved from.  I remember this well from my many past v...

Submitted by: Tanya N.

Meh, overrated. The long lines always turned me off so I never bothered until I went to NYC with my sister and her family.  We purchased the tickets in advance so we were able to at least avoid that line. We came here on a Sunday night at 8pm and it wasn't too crowded (ie - no lines that line the foyer.  I do have to say that the staff is great at keeping the line moving so there wasn't *too* much idle time. Once up there though, the crowds made it difficult to see anything and bringing kids made it even harder.  You aren't allow to lift them up at all (even to that their heads are just above the concrete ledge to see - so really what's the point? Not a good place to bring kids and well the crowds just made ...

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