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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  • 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.

  • Valen C

    5
    - 24 June 2018 -

    The best Observatory of New York City. Fall in love with this wonderful city by going to this Observatory deck. It is the best since, compared to One World Trade Center, you can actually see the Central Park. Compared to the Empire State Observatory, you can see the actual Empire State, which does not happen if you go to the Empire State Observatory. Also, you have several levels, were you can decide where to go or to go to all of them. A huge gift shop is also provided. The views are spectacular! You can see Central Park, the Empire State building, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and even the Statue of Liberty (very tiny, but if you pay attention, you can see it). 100% recommended.

  • Anchit Tapadia

    4
    - 24 June 2018 -

    Best place to be If u want to see around the city. U can see empire state building, one world, glimpse of statue of liberty all from 1 building. I would recommend to go just before the sun set so you can enjoy both day and night view of the city which is amazing to see. Don't forget to purchase evening tickets in advance as they go fast.

  • Kritt Normsaskul

    4
    - 16 June 2018 -

    Incredible views as you'd expect from one of New York's most iconic and tallest skyscraper. Not sure it's worth the $40 to visit though. Most spectacular time to go Up the Rock is during sunset. Sadly it's also the most busiest time so tickets will have to be purchased in advance if you want to see it at that time. Highly recommended over the Empire State building as you can see Central Park too.

  • Emma Higgins

    5
    - 06 June 2018 -

    Recommend anyone who comes to New York to visit Top of the Rock - I always think it's better to see the Empire State Building in your photos than be up it! Visited here twice and would go again - the views are out of this world on both side of the building. Second visit we got the sun & stars ticket which was definitely worth the money! Top of the Rock will always be a special place as it is where I got engaged!!

  • Gnans S

    3
    - 01 June 2018 -

    READ THIS IF YOU HAVE A CITY/NYC PASS. CHECK INDIVIDUAL ATTRACTION AGE RANGE BEFORE BUYING TICKETS FOR KIDS/CHILDREN. Okay, you did you ground work and bought a group attraction pass at a discounted rate. Good stuff on that BUT be advised that you need to QUEUE UP here to convert the pass into timed ticket. The timed ticket are not always available. Mine was only available two hours after I queued up and will make me miss the last train. The only best part is they offer the ticket timed for any future date and that will work if you plan to be in the city on another day. For the pass holders they will server from ONLY ONE counter which means your queue will move slower than those paying on the spot. We did not climb upstairs for the view so can't review anything around that.

  • 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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