There are few better ways to get personally acquainted with New York City than by visiting the Top of The Rock and we’ve got tips and info for you to make the most of your visit.
What is that exactly? Ever heard of the Rockefeller Center? Yes, we thought so! One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Rockefeller Center offers a spectacular observation deck which is called The Top of the Rock.
Though it was closed for a while, The Top of the Rock Observation Deck was reopened in the 2000s and has been giving people of all ages a chance to enjoy the history of Rockefeller Center and bask in magnificent views of New York City. We’ve got tips, info, tickets and prices for you so read on!
The Top of the Rock observation deck is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. To access the elevators to the observation deck, follow the signage inside the building. From there, you will exchange your 365 Tickets voucher for a timed entrance ticket.
The streets of New York appear eerily quiet as you explore the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center. Before boarding the elevators to the top, guests can enjoy the rich history that Rockefeller Center as a whole offers. Attendees can learn all different things about the historic building from short historical films shown as part of the tour.
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck has one of the best views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. Glance one direction and you’ll see the Freedom Tower, then place to the other side of the deck and you’ll see Central Park. Airport-like security is involved before boarding elevators, as Rockefeller Center is a heavily visited tourist area.
In case you’re running behind schedule, the time on the entrance ticket can be exchanged. Top of the Rock also has an app that visitors can download that includes a map so you can pinpoint certain landmarks throughout the Manhattan area.
Different times of the day offer different views. If you want a unique view of the New York Skyline, head to the observation deck later in the day, when you will be able to capture New York City in all it’s lit up glory. If you’re interested in historical landmarks head to the top during the daylight hours.
Once you board the elevator, be prepared for an ear pop as you rise! There are three levels for observation, which all guarantee gorgeous city views. You’ll see Central Park, the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center. Bonus, if you forgot something, there is a shop at the main level of the Observation Deck.
Inside the building, Rockefeller Center is home to much more than just an Observation Deck. Hit TV shows like the TODAY Show, 30 Rock, and Nightly News with Lester Holt all film inside Rockefeller Center.
There are shops and restaurants throughout the plaza area, as well as the iconic ice rink which turns into an outdoor cafe in the summertime. Also in the Rockefeller Center area, check out Radio City Music Hall.
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