Top of the Rock

30 Rockefeller Center, New York City

4.5

Top of the Rock Observation Deck 70th floor open-air roof deck atop the skyscraper. The deck offers the best panoramic bird's eye view of the city. Competing with the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building, it is 61 m higher. The building is a part of the Rockefeller Center complex. The building underwent a US$170 million floor-by-floor interior renovation in 2014. The renovation included new Comcast signage atop the building; new ground-level signage that reads Comcast Building; and, for the first time, the display of the iconic NBC Peacock logo on the building's exterior. It is often considered to be the best city view, if only because it offers a view of the aforementioned Empire State Building, which cannot be seen from its own observation deck. The building was completed in 1933 as part of the Rockefeller Center complex. The noted Art Deco architect Raymond Hood led a team of Rockefeller architects.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Tue

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Wed

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Thu

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Fri

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Sat

    08:00 - 00:00

  • Sun

    08:00 - 00:00

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  • Nan Palmero, MBA

    5
    - 09 September 2018 -

    This is a beautiful way to see New York City, especially at dusk. The vistas are truly breathtaking. To get there at dusk, it’s best to buy your tickets at least a day in advance. Same day tickets for the sunset are difficult to come by. Additionally, the very top gives you the best unobstructed view but you’ve got to get their early because it gets packed. Further, this is the place to be. Everyone thinks they want to go to the top of the Empire State but if you want to see that building from above, come here instead.

  • Jessica Shook

    5
    - 03 September 2018 -

    In all the times I've been to NYC, I've always gone to the top of the Empire State Building. But this time we wanted to try something new. We went to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) and I'm so glad we did. I prefer this view over the Empire State Buildings...because the Empire State Building is IN this view! So it makes the pictures all the more iconic and breathtaking. I loved it. There are several levels to the observation deck which adds to the wonder of it all. The staff was great, and the security guard took our picture in a really fun way! We stayed up even longer than I expected because we enjoyed it so much.

  • Rambo G

    5
    - 24 August 2018 -

    Incredible views! The best time to go is before sunset, which consequently is the most popular time to go too! You’ll get stunning views of everything NYC has to offer from the Empire State Building, to Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn in the distance. It’s stunning in the sunlight but when the sun goes down the city that never sleeps comes to life, illuminated with all the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the minute traffic 1000’s of feet below your view. If you’re in NYC this is something not to be missed.

  • Mihir Ranadive

    5
    - 22 August 2018 -

    Nice place. Definitely visit this INSTEAD of the empire State building. Not only will you save hours and hours of standing in lines but the view one side of the city, of the central park and seeing the empire State building right in front of you is a sight to behold. Try going about 1/2 an hour before sunset to get a great sunset plus view of the city in the day and night as well...

  • Al Gilmore

    5
    - 21 August 2018 -

    Wonderful views of new York, take your time and work your way through the exhibits. The history is fascinating and the views breathtaking. Needless to say it's busy, I'd recommend going early in the morning or before it closes, mid morning to mid afternoon is really peak time and I'd avoid it. Appreciate the exterior of the building as well from the ground, walk round and soak up the atmosphere. One of the must see attractions new york has to offer.

  • Alex Dempsey

    3
    - 28 July 2018 -

    It's a good purchase if it's a nice, clear, sunny day or a cloudless evening. Today we visited and there was a big storm, couldn't see anything either. The employees say you can get about an hour up there and that you can stay up as long as you want. To be honest, if it's not clear skies, you'll be up there for five minutes. Also, wear comfortable 'standing shoes,' the queues are massive. I'd say about a 1 - 1 30 hour wait, and there's literally one elevator to get up and down for the amount of people up there. That's all I have to say, really. If you need to change your ticket times, you can do so in the box office, and there's shops beside the entrance of Top of the Rock and the Box Office.

  • Mike Machtinger

    4
    - 16 July 2018 -

    This was a great experience we chose in place of the Empire State Building at the promise of a much shorter line. It delivered, and we had virtually no weight on a Sunday at 1030am in early July. The views are fantastic, and we enjoyed a great vista of NYC, Statue of Liberty, etc. With that said, $111 for a family of four to ride an elevator 70 floors up on an office building? Very steep. The photos and souvenirs were also overpriced. Still, as tourists we were happy to pay and don't have any regrets.

  • Rambo G

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    Incredible views! The best time to go is before sunset, which consequently is the most popular time to go too! You’ll get stunning views of everything NYC has to offer from the Empire State Building, to Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn in the distance. It’s stunning in the sunlight but when the sun goes down the city that never sleeps comes to life, illuminated with all the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the minute traffic 1000’s of feet below your view. If you’re in NYC this is something not to be missed.

  • William Woodard

    5
    - 09 July 2018 -

    Excellent 360 degree city views We were on a four day three night tour of NYC so were obviously limited in what we would have time to see. We decided to try Top of the Rock and were glad we did. It gives wonderful views of the city and an excellent bird's eye view of the tourist map that we had. Also an excellent view of the Empire State Building. The trip up and down is well organized and those working there were pleasant and helpful. There are several levels upon reaching the 'top' with the very top views being unobstructed. An amazing close up view of the Big Apple for this small town boy from the heartland.

  • Roxanne Childers

    5
    - 08 July 2018 -

    My daughter and i agree, this view was superb! It gave you the iconic New York look, with the Empire State Building in the background. You could also see Central Park very nicely. We had gone to Empire earlier, but loved Top of the Rock. I felt more comfortable at Top of the Rock as well. There were three levels of viewing, all worth taking a look. My knee was giving me trouble on this trip. The stairs that I needed to walk to get to each level weren't a problem at all. Very good time.

  • Olivier Dellacherie

    - 16 May 2018 -

    Whouah ! So fun. What amazing views !

  • Saleh B

    - 15 May 2018 -

    View in open sky

  • Noel T.

    - 03 May 2018 -

    I would spend a whole day here. It's beautyful! Don't miss the sunset!

  • Lewis S.

    - 28 April 2018 -

    Pre book your ticket online and go straight to the elevator

  • Tommy MiIler

    - 11 April 2018 -

    It's the most beautiful nightscape I have ever seen.

  • Ada Dubrawska

    - 29 March 2018 -

    You can go all around the deck to get a 360* view.

  • John Agapitos

    - 27 March 2018 -

    Amazing view, especially from the south side! Although there are usually long lines to get up and down from the observatory, with VIP tickets (only a bit more expensive), one cuts through all lines.

  • Can Erdem

    - 10 March 2018 -

    Best view of Manhattan

  • Ece Bolat

    - 07 March 2018 -

    Love it! The best view of the city and central park

  • Theresa

    - 27 February 2018 -

    Everything perfect - did not have to wait longer than 10 minutes (with NY Pass). Breathtaking!

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