Top of the Rock Observation Deck

30 Rockefeller Center, New York City

(58 595)

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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  • Whitney Wiles

    - 15 January 2018 -

    If you are visiting New York City this is a must! Top of the Rock is an amazing place to go and see the beautiful city at any time of the day. I went at night and It was absolutely amazing. I went during the first week of November and it was grey and misty during the day so I decided to go at night and I was happy I did! It was clear and the line wasn’t too long to get to the top. There is about 3 different levels in seeing the view at Top of the Rock. At first you can see the city inside or go outside with glass panels in front of you. Then you can go to the next level where you can see the city with out the glass panels and you can see the city clearly (perfect for taking photos) then you can go even higher to the very top of the Rockefeller center and see the amazing views 360 degrees. Honestly it was amazing! There was even a room that lit up different colors when movement or sound was in the room. Really cool. Definitely must see when in new york city!

  • Ellie McGrath

    - 09 January 2018 -

    Stunning night views from Top of The Rock in December 2017! Before arriving on the 1st observation deck we had no idea we could actually access another two above all within our standard ticket (unlike the Empire State Building). It was great to see the city lit up at night, especially over the Christmas season when you could also make out some trees on the ground below! You could also make out the Statue of Liberty & Central Park even though it was nearly pitch black - I'd definitely want to return and experience the amazing views in daylight to see the difference it makes!

  • Jim Kang

    - 08 January 2018 -

    I highly recommend that those visiting Manhattan do the Top of the Rock. The views are the star of the show, but the total experience is just fantastic. Start with the people here who are so friendly and pleasant whether they are at the ticket counter, guiding the crowds or selling souvenir photos. The building itself has an incredible story, such as how it was built during the Depression, described in panels and in brief movies you can watch while waiting to ride the elevators up (even the elevators are part of the show). There are three decks at the top, two which let you choose to be in or outdoors. Outdoors you can point your phone through the gaps in the glass panels for clear shots. Deck two has an interactive light room which kids may enjoy more than the views. Look for the narrow stairway leading from deck two to the very upper deck if you want the most spectacular panoramas. Sunset is the best time to visit but prepare to deal with a crowd of equally excited visitors all trying to get the best snaps. At night, the lights of the city around Christmas are particularly fabulous. Anywhere you look you will have incredible views of Manhattan and her landmarks and the surrounding city. And if you visit the Top of the Rock every time you get to Manhattan, then it is astonishing to see how New York City continues to evolve over time.

  • Dasser kamran

    - 02 January 2018 -

    Great views of the city from all the sides. Probably the best observation deck considering you get to see both the empire state building, and one world Trade Center which is not possible if you go their observation decks instead. Also has open area which allows for great photos. Best time to go would be slightly before sunset so can see the city in daylight and night. There is no limit for how long you can stay up there.

  • Alex Bransby

    - 19 December 2017 -

    This is probably the best Observation deck in New York... first of all you get the famous view of both the World Trade Center and Empire State Building... and there is far more space outside (unlike the World Trade Center) ... 3 levels of open air standing on the roof, and unlike the Empire State Building only glass obstructing your view, not a cage... there’s also almost head sized gaps in the glass making it really easy to see all the way down Manhattan... one of the most stunning views of South North East and West that’s amazing all the year round... with inside areas, shops and seating it’s great. You buy in 30 Rock on 50th Street, Including tax, it’s $37 and well worth it. Before you go up there’s a small wall through museum and film detailing the history of Rockefeller Center with interviews from David Rockefeller Jr, that in winter also has special emphasis on the Christmas tree. All in all if you only have time for one Observation deck, make it this one!

  • Marc Ward-Jenkins

    - 20 September 2017 -

    Nice views south towards the Empire State and north towards Central Park. We were warned before paying that it was misty and we may want to come back later to get a better view, but we took the chance and were glad we did. It was quiet as a result (no queue at all) and the slight mistiness added to the atmosphere. I thought the view from One World Observatory was more spectacular but this was good too.

  • Shengying Pan

    - 10 September 2017 -

    Great place to snap some photos of Manhattan. Unlike other buildings, although this is not the highest spot you can get up to, it has unobstructed views and you are not shooting behind windows to fight the reflection. I always prefer this to empire states and other buildings for sunset photos when visiting NYC.

  • Menderes Fatih GÜVEN

    - 20 August 2017 -

    Great place to view New York. I preferred Top of the Rock over Empire State building is that you can see Empire State building within New York skyline from Top of the Rock. Central Park view is not bad too. This place deserves 5 stars. I am giving 4 because it is not easy to find the entrance, there are not enough signs. Also the place where you buy tickets and the elevators that take you to the top are apart. It can be managed better.

  • Danny Mann

    - 14 August 2017 -

    This is the best observation deck in NYC. It features 3 levels, including an enclosed level, and the absolute roof. Views in all directions including a great view of Central Park and the Empire State Building in the other direction. If you're choosing between One World Trade, Empire State, and Top of the Rock, the Rock is hands down the winner.

  • Mike Rechner

    - 28 July 2017 -

    The views are great as you can imagine. Even though the crowds can be a bit much, the staff do a great job of keeping things moving. I actually left a personal item behind at security but they helped me track it down and get it back. Top marks for the staff!

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