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The Empire State Building turns 80

Visit NYC's tallest skyscraper on its 80th Anniversary.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

The tallest building on the New York City skyline has 103 floors and stands at 1,454 feet.

The landmark is a cinematic gem, too. Remind children that the building's played prominent roles in films like King Kong and Elf.

The Empire State Building officially opened on May 1, 1931, after only one year and 45 days of construction.

The tower's lights shine in different color combos for celebrations—the tradition began in 1932 when FDR was elected President.

The elevators whisk visitors up to the 86th-floor observatory in less than a minute; take your kids there to survey the entirety of the city—and up to 80 miles in every direction on a clear day.

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