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Virtual Field Trip to the Empire State Building

Learn About the Empire State Building


Virtual Field Trip to the Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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Today we are going to take a virtual field trip with some New York attitude! We are going to visit the world famous Empire State Building in the heart of Manhattan. This is a great e-learning activity for the whole family. Most young children have heard of the Empire State Building and older family members will appreciate learning about its history and architecture. I know that heavy traffic, subways, and taxi cabs are part of the New York experience – but I think we’ll just skip all of that and go directly to the sightseeing! Gather the gang, adjust the computer monitor, and grab a few bagels – we’re off to NYC for a virtual field trip.

Completed in 1931, the Empire State Building stands 1,454 feet tall and was the tallest skyscraper in the world for over 40 years. It is now the 15th tallest in the world, and the tallest skyscraper in New York. The renowned 120 story office building is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and attracts 3.5 million visitors each year.

The Empire State Building Online

A good place to begin our trip is the Official Site of the Empire State Building, which provides information about the skyscraper’s observatory as well as its shops and restaurants. The website also offers interesting articles and video clips about events at the Empire State Building.  While you’re at this site, don’t forget to visit its Historical Timeline, which gives a historic overview of the property from 1799 to 2009. Also, there is a fun web page entitled Empire State Building in the Movies, which lists nearly 100 Hollywood films that have featured the iconic skyscraper.  

Empire State Building Photo Galleries

The sleek symmetry of the Empire State Building’s art deco design has attracted photographers since it was first constructed. To see some of these fantastic pictures, visit New York Architecture. This website features dozens of images of the Empire State Building including shots of its interior, close-ups of the exterior, paintings, and old postcards.  Another excellent site is called Empire State Building Photos, which features pictures and links to photos from the building’s 86th floor, photos from the Empire State Building’s 102nd floor observatory, and the spectacular Empire State building’s view at night.

Virtual Tour of the Empire State Building

A Virtual Tour of the Empire State Building is available at nylocations.com, which features a 360 degree panoramic view of Manhattan as seen from the top of this remarkable skyscraper. Click of the picture titled Empire State Building: NYC and the virtual tour will begin. To get the best view, click the full screen button. The sun, low in the sky, makes the scene even more dramatic. Another incredible panoramic tour is Aerial Empire State Building by Tours from Above. This impressive view was shot from above the skyscraper and will allow you to see just about the entire island of Manhattan with a few movements of your mouse! The zoom in feature is particularly good on this tour.

More Information Online

You can find out a lot more interesting info about the Empire State Building, online. For instance, did you know that the skyscraper lights up its tower to celebrate events, charities, countries, and holidays around the world?  Tower Lights is an online chart that lets you know the upcoming colors that will light the tower and what they mean. Another fun site is Empire State Building Trivia, which offers cool facts about the stately skyscraper. For a more in-depth article, History of the Empire State Building provides more information about the structure’s fascinating past. Finally, for anyone planning an actual visit, the Empire State Building’s Visitor’s Guide supplies travelers with links to important information regarding directions, purchasing tickets, and visitor tips.

Extras for Educators

The Empire State Building and Bank Street College teamed up to produce downloadable lesson plans about the Empire State Building. This material was created specifically for educators who are planning an actual field trip to the Empire State Building. There are lessons available for grades 3 to 5, grades 6 to 8, and grades 9 to 12. The curriculum was developed for three different subjects: 

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