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The Empire State Building: This Skyline Icon Continues to Inspire

Megan Roche November 28, 2018

If you’ve come to New York City and you didn’t visit the Empire State Building, did you really come to New York City at all? It may no longer be the tallest building in the world, but it will take your breath away from the moment you arrive. Read on for tips, info, tickets and prices!

We’ve Loved Her Since 1931

Opened in 1931, the Empire State Building is considered the most famous office building in the world and is a registered historical landmark.  It was named “America’s Favorite Architecture” in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects so it is no wonder that it has been admired by so many people from all over the world for decades.

Who Switched on the Lights?

Did you know that when the building officially opened, President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, DC that turned on the lights in the Empire State Building? And the mast at the top which is now a communication tower was originally a mooring for dirigibles, or airships, which everyone thought would be the future of air travel.

The Empire State Building, located at West 34th Street, continues to be a New York City Skyline icon even as newer and taller skyscrapers emerge. The building took only a year and 45 days to build, one of the fastest building times on record. When she finally opened her doors in 1931, it was the place to be.

A Legendary View

The world famous observation decks offer views that are just simply unparalleled. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see

New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. You’ll be high above the bustling streets of New York City far below with a visit to this iconic building.

A new addition to the experience is that of the mobile app, available for Android and Apple. The Empire State Building Experience App is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Portuguese. The app serves as a personal tour guide that takes you from the bottom to the top.

Upgrade to the 102nd Floor

Tickets are guaranteed access to the 86th floor observatory only. When you arrive at the Empire State Building, you can upgrade your ticket to include the 102nd floor observatory for an additional $20.

What is great about the access is the ease of the entire process. While you will have to go through a security screening, tickets are timed for the elevators as to cut down on the long lines that can develop at such a popular attraction.

While most enjoy the Empire State Building for the views, there are tons of little facts strewn about the space. The first floor level lobby is home to art deco marble walls and golden murals while the second level houses the sustainability exhibition.

Dare to Dream Exhibition

On the 80th floor lies the Dare to Dream exhibition. While you explore the Dare to Dream Exhibition, you’ll get up close and personal with all the planning and construction of the world’s most famous building. You’ll be able to view personal documents from those who worked on her construction crew, architectural sketches, photos and mementos, bookkeeping documents, and construction notes.

Take some time to stroll through this area before you board your final elevator to the 86th floor. Of course, the building is so prominent that on nights throughout the year, the buildings spire is lit up in various colors. If the New York Yankees were in the World Series, you’d see the building lit up in blue and white.

For Childhood Cancer Awareness, the building is lit up in gold during the entire month of September. Sometimes, the Empire State Building doesn’t get lit up in memory of a prominent passing or marking of a historical event like 9/11.

Take Me to the Top

Ready to take the 86 floor elevator ride to what some consider the top of the world? Head over to 365 Tickets USA today. You can even combine your tickets with other attractions in the area to get an even better deal.

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