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Empire State Building - Observatory

New York, New York, United States

350 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, United States
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Overall Experience: 7 / 10
Date Visited: Monday, December 11, 2006

The Empire State Building has two observation decks - one at the 86th floor, and a smaller one at the 102nd floor. The observation deck on the 102nd floor is smaller, and may be closed when there are many visitors.

The 86th floor observation deck offers a nice view of the city. If you time your visit at the right time, you can see the daytime view, the sunset, and the night view of the city. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to sit and wait on the observation floor, and there are no exhibits or distractions available. There is a small gift shop area where you can purchase merchandise, but it doesn't take long to look at everything.

There are both indoor and outdoor (caged in) viewing areas. Before you are permitted to enter the Empire State Building, you must pass through security.


$20 per adult


Casual - shorts and a t-shirt are fine.

Estimated Visiting Time

There isn't much to see at the top of the tower except the view - thirty minutes at the top will probably be adequate. However, the empire state building may have long lines at security, and to board the elevators.

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