Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center
Photograph: Bart Barlow

Let the world believe the Empire State Building has the best view of New York City–it keeps the crowds slightly more manageable at 30 Rockefeller Center’s spectacular open air observation deck. The bird’s eye view of Gotham from 70 stories up allows visitors to not only see other landmark skyscrapers around midtown–including the aforementioned Empire State building–but also to see the full sprawl of Central Park. Not quite as expensive as that other observation deck ($32, seniors $30, children $26), and for those who can’t get enough of the views there is an amazing “Sun & Stars” deal ($47, children $32) that gives guests the chance to come twice in one day, once while the sun is shining and again later to see the glittering lights of the building and the stars that still shine through the city’s light pollution. If you’re willing to splurge don’t forget to dress up and stop by the Rainbow Room–the historic lounge on the 65th floor–for exceptional cocktails, fine dining, live music and spectacular sightlines that rival the deck’s, albeit a few stories lower.

By: Tolly Wright

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Venue name: Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center
Contact:
Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York
10020
Cross street: between 49th and 50th Sts
Opening hours: 8am–midnight
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 47th–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr
Price: Adults $21, seniors $19, children 6-12 $14
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