Monday, April 27, 2015

Empire State Building - New York City

The Empire State Building is not the tallest building in New York City anymore but it is still probably the tallest building your kids have seen so close enough.  That's pretty much all there is to the Empire State Building though.  You go up the elevator and check out the observation deck.  Adults will enjoy seeing such an iconic building in the flesh as it were  and if it's a clear day you really can see forever but there's only so long kids will hang around and enjoy the view.
The view facing south
There are two very important things to keep in mind when visiting the Empire State Building.  First, it is expensive.  For a family of four to go up to the the highest observation deck it can cost up to $300 if you want to skip the lines.  That is madness.  Don't do this.  Even to go to the lower observation deck (86th floor) and wait in line like a lowly plebe will cost you $124.  Still pretty crazy for riding an elevator if you ask me.  It is included in the City Pass and several other bundles so I would investigate those if you are thinking of checking out the Empire State Building.  Any admission to the Empire State Building, including the one that comes with the City Pass, includes a return visit in the evening on the same day.
For some reason my daughter loved this thing!
The other thing to keep in mind is the actual time you will spend on the Observation Deck is probably less time than you will spend in line.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't go but go when the line ups aren't as bad. We were there at 8:00 a.m. (when it opens) since my kids are up at the crack of dawn anyway.  We went up to the 86th floor, hung around, came down, checked out the gift shop, wandered up to see the New York Public Library lions, had a snack and wandered all the way back down to the Museum of Mathematics (about 2 km walking in total) before they opened at 10:00 a.m. If you can miss the line ups you can be in and out of the Empire State Building in about an hour and still spend all of the time that little kids will want to spend there.
For some reason the kicky little dresses on the bathroom signs tickled me.
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