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.

Venue name: Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center
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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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Tara P
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The New York skyline is the basis of much of its iconic appeal. It's impressive, but strangely familiar. On ascending to the top of the rock I didn't feel so much surprised or awed, but in a strange way peaceful. This was partly because there were few enough people on the deck to find a good position without jostling for space, but also because there was little that was new to see. The Empire State is so iconic, that you gaze upon it as an old friend. We stayed for 20 minutes, just gazing. Not feverishly wandering, trying to see everything. Just gazing at a monument that you've known for years and yet never seen in the flesh. It's an experience that shouldn't be missed in New York. It could be a five star experience, but the staff could have been friendlier and the queueing system beforehand was tiresome and overly commercialised (shocker!) so it just missed out. They could also learn from the shard and offer a glass of champagne with the view. But in all, if you're a first-time visitor or haven't got up close and personal with the Empire State for a few years, then take a trip up the rock and fall in love with New York all over again!

Dan Q. Dao

You can count on one hand the number of public spots with this kind of awesome panoramic city view. It's understandably busy, so take a day off and visit during off-peak hours, or save it for when your favorite out-of-towner comes to visit NYC. Highly recommend!

Jillian Anthony

Gorgeous views of the city and the ice skaters merrily enjoying themselves below! Just make sure you buy your tickets online and try to go on off hours—it's one of the busiest tourist spots in the city. Before or after your visit, grab a bite at the downstairs restaurants or cafeteria area, then hit teh nearby shopping or head further up Fifth Avenue to get to the truly fancy stuff. You can walk to many of the must-see stops in New York right from Rockefeller, including Broadway shows, the Empire State Building (though I would choose one city building to scale and stick with it), Bryant Park, Central Park, Columbus Circle and more!

Maddy M

This is the universal tourist and NYC resident must see. Any time day or night it is breathtaking to witness! You'll never regret an afternoon spent looking over Manhattan from the Top of the Rock.

Naveen R

My favorite view of Central Park is from this observation deck. You get to see the grandeur of it in the midst of a concrete jungle. The Empire State is pretty magnificent to view from here too. I'd recommend going on a day with clear skies and around sunset. If you are going for sunset, be prepared for it to be busy with long queues (even if you have a ticket). You'll want make sure you turn up early. Top tip, if it looks like you're going to miss the time slot you were hoping to go up for because of the queues, trade in your ticket for another day, and head to the Bar SixtyFive (65th floor of the Rock) for just as amazing views and a cocktail.

TIM P

Everyone I know who has ever gone swears up and down that its a better view than the top of the Empire State Building.   So there you go.  

Erik A

I took my girlfriend for Valentine's Day a few years ago.  They had a Jazz Band and champagne.  Highly recommend! It was very romantic.  I also always send friends who are visiting when they want to go to get the best view of NYC.  Incredible views of Central Park, Empire State, etc.  

Wei S
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I'd recommend going twice if you have the time—once during the day and another time at night. The views are gorgeous so bring a camera.

Melissa S

If you're looking for THE view in New York City, look no further. The observation deck is a must-do! It's incredible during the day, but the view at night is magical--the whole city sparkles. 

Allie E

There are three huge observation decks for feasting your eyes on an amazing view of the city. You’ll see the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Central Park and a ton of sweet skyscrapers.

 

Carla S

Best. View. Around. For tourists and New Yorkers alike, this is a can't-miss. Go, go, go!

Joel M

First stop on my list of tourist must-dos. Really great view that actually takes IN the Empire State Building. And great proximity to fun midtown stuff (hello, Radio City!)

A W

I advise all my friends to go up to the Top of the Rock if they only have limited time in the city to visit just one of the tall buildings. The reason for that is you get to see Central Park (and you won't believe how sprawling it really is - beautiful from above all year round but particularly in the Autumn) and you also get the iconic view of the Empire State Building and the city behind it, as well as the wondrous Chrysler Building and the new One World Trade in the Financial District. The best tower for getting all the best pics of the city for sure. You can either go up to the very top levels which are exposed, or if it's Winter (or you just prefer bars!) head to the Rainbow Room or SixtyFive on the 65th floor.  

Maria M
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If you've never done something like this before in the city, definitely go to 30 Rock and get an amazing view of the city! It doesn't cost much for your ticket for the observation deck. What's great about this location versus other observatory areas (for example the Met rooftop or One World Trade) is 30 Rock is located right in the middle of Manhattan, so you can see both north and south of where you are, whereas in the other locations you don't get the full 360 view of Manhattan. It's fun for a date, with your family, or with a group of friends!

Pavlos G
Staff Writer

I went there after work. The building is quite high and on the top you get a breathtaking view of New York. I would recommend this to anyone visiting New York. You get a nice view of Central Park and all of the buildings surrounding it.