Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock)

The Rockefeller Center is a national historic landmark that offers dramatic vistas of New York City from its 850 foot high observatory commonly refered to as the Top of the Rock

Looking up at Rockefeller Center in New York City
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Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and listed on the US Register of Historic Places, Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres. Commissioned by John D Rockefeller, it was the largest private construction project ever undertaken and was the setting for the famous 1932 Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper photograph of workers having lunch on a steel beam dangling 840 feet in the air.

The centrepiece of Rockefeller Center is the GE Building, referred to locals as "30 Rock", which headquarters NBC and houses most of the network's New York studios. NBC offers daily studio tours and free tickets to tapings of Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Today Show and the Dr Oz Show through the show website or try your luck at with standby tickets at the NBC Studio Experience Store.

At the front of 30 Rock, the Lower Plaza is the centre of the complex and home to the world-famous annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and ice skating rink. On the upper level of the 70 story GE building, Top of the Rock is a six level observatory 850 feet above street level offering visitors an alternative to the crowds at the Empire State Building. Reopened to the public in 2005, Top of the Rock offers sweeping views of the New York City skyline from the Chrysler Building to the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park to the Hudson and East Rivers.

When you visit Top of the Rock NYC, you will purchase tickets with assigned entrance times to reduce congestion. The experience begins with an exhibit area chronically the history of Rockefeller Center, before you begin your 70 story ascent in an elevator with a transparent ceiling. Once on the observation deck, you will enjoy a bird's eye view of the city, but be sure to climb up above the main deck or you will be forced to photograph through glass. The security guards at Top of the Rock are extremely helpful in identifying landmarks and helping visitors orientate themselves to the city below.

Nearby attractions include Museum of Modern Art, Theatre District, Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

Daytime or night-time - anytime is the right time to visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Perched 70 stories above the city at Rockefeller Plaza, the panoramic views of Manhattan are unequaled anywhere else in New York City.Breathtaking vistas stretch for miles in every direction. You'll see New York's famous landmarks, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Plus, your view includes the Empire State Building! Quite simply, it is the most spectacular view in New York City.

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  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, USA

Phone: (212) 692-7625

Official Website: Rockefeller Center | Top of the Rock in NYC


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
B, D, F or MRockefeller Center0 minutes
1, C or E50th Street5 minutes
N, Q or R49th Street6 minutes

How to get to Rockefeller Center | Top of the Rock in NYC by Subway

Take the B, D, F or M train to Rockefeller Center, arriving in the underground concourse or take the 1, C or E train to 50th Street and walk east on 50th to just past 6th Avenue or the N, Q or R train to 49th Street and head north to 50th Street go right (east) to just past 6th Avenue. Access to the Top of the Rock is off 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5Top of the Rock Star Rating

5 Star Rating The Top of the Rock was amazing! It's got the best views! With great service inside too! The day we had booked to visit ended up being super foggy. But they were kind enough to rebook us for a day later in the week. We had the day and night pass, and it was definitely worth it. It just made an amazing trip that bit better. And to top it off it's not massively crowded, and you don't have to wait in a huge queue either. It's a win win, and definitely worth the visit.

Michael Coggins - 6 hours ago

5 Star Rating This is my favorite view from the city! The city lights are a wonder to see. You have to go up at least once and feel the immense size of Manhattan. I didn't get a chance to go up during the twilight time - daytime into night - but if I were to go again, I'd want to catch the sunset and see all the lights illuminate the city. Bring a jacket going up. It felt, at least, a good 10 degrees colder up there.

Justin DeCoudreaux - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a wonderful experience for everyone. To all visitors, vacation guests and to all those who love to site see, this is the place high up that you want to be. Top of the Rock has the finest outside panoramic view in Manhattan. The outside observation tower whether you are North, South, East or West is absolutely breathtaking. You stand in the middle of Midtown and basically see fantastic views all around you and you are pretty high up. The elevator ride is amazing and there is a museum about historical things in New York City. There were plenty of gift shops to buy items and there is food everywhere. During Christmas, Top of the Rock and Rockefeller center are absolutely spectacular with the tree, music and lights. I encourage people from all over the world to make this their choice in New York at any time of the year and especially during the Christmas holiday to experience the Top of the Rock.

C H - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of the best places to visit in New York! Say or night, it’s fantastic! On a clear day you can see for miles. There are so many landmarks to see from the top including the Empire State Building, which is the photographers favourite! It’s a pretty cool experience and lots of different walkways and views. During the summer, I’d recommend going up around 4pm so you can see it in the daylight and sunset to when it gets dark!

Mel - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating I love Top of the Rock. I've been going there with friends and family for many years. You can see so far out and pretty much all unobstructed. You can take a picture with the Empire State Building when you're on top. It's also really good to watch the films and learn about the construction of the building while waiting. It's an important piece of American history whether you like the Rockefeller family or not. The fact that Rock Plaza is home to NBC studio, part of so many historical moments, and where the most famous Christmas tree is located is just amazing! I would have given it five stars except this one new building being constructed now is blocking the full beautiful view of central park.

Wei Chen - 1 month ago


This video will show you the spectacular views from the Top of the Rock along with the many other fun things to see and do in and around Rockefeller Center

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