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: (877) 692-7625

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

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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 Superb view. Must visit if you are in NY. I may be would recommend it over empire estate as you would be able to see empire estate as well. You get to see central park, statue of liberty and many other land marks. Gap in glass lets you take clear pictures. Helping staff is professional and helpful. Do see it.

Ankush Kumar - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating What an incredible experience. Recommend to go on a sunny day because it lights up the majesty of the the city and enhances the experience! The mini videos before going up were super cool and informative. Reading the history of the building was a bonus. The whole building is extravagant, beautiful, and awe-inspiring! You have to go here if you're visiting NYC!

M M - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating A must do when visiting New York! Best views of this wonderful city! Although there's a lot of people wandering around it didn't feel crowded and you can easily share a romantic moment! The elevator ride up take a 46 seconds and is an experience in itself! Such an iconic building and amazing views all over Manhattan an a beyond!

Shelley McKearney - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Hands down one of the best views of new York city. It was an excellent opportunity to explore new points of view. I got there early and spent quite some time enjoying a beautiful sunset and then the city changing up. Make sure to dress up warmly because the wind is quite strong on the last floor and you won't last long 😉 enjoy your time!

Constantin PAtru - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the best places to visit in New York! Day 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 - 29 days 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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