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Top sights in New York
One World Trade Center might offer New York's highest observation deck, but the city's most beloved views can be seen from the Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building. Both offer their own Art Deco charm, but here's what else Top of the Rock's got!
The Top of the Rock observation deck spans three stories, with each adding its own unique touches to the views over Central Park and the Empire State Building!
In line with J.D. Rockefeller Jr.'s patronage of the arts, the views aren't all there is to see at the top! Currently featured is the dazzling "Radiance Wall" created by Swarovski.
The doors close and the lights go dim. Suddenly the top clears to reveal the inner workings of the dramatically lit elevator shaft as you hurtle upwards! The way down's great too!
Visiting with kids? Be sure to check out Top of the Rock's Breezeway attraction. They'll have great fun changing the colors of the room with their every move!
Hands down the best reason to visit the Top of the Rock is the hub of culture swimming at its feet. The Rockefeller Center is a must-do on any New York tourist itinerary!
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open daily from 8AM till midnight. The last elevator to the top departs at 11PM.
Ticket prices start at $30 for adults, with concessions for children and seniors. Tickets are available to buy at the entrance, but book online to avoid the lines.
- When should I visit?8:00AM - Midnight
- Is it expensive?$30
- Will I need a guide?Not necessarily
- How to get thereTake the subway to any number of stops around Rockefeller Center, located between 5th and 6th Ave.
- Additional informationIt's highly recommended you book online to avoid long ticket lines!
What people are saying about Top of the Rock Observation Deck
The experience was good as a whole. Even though we’d paid in advance we had to queue for timed tickets and then wait for an hour until we could go up.
Great tour by foot. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative. We covered all of Central Park and then got to see the Top of the Rock. Easy to follow multi-lingual tour with plenty of stops and photo opportunities. There is a lot of walking (be aware) but I think that this is the best way to see New York and what it has to offer. highly recommended.
The ideal time to visit is 30 minutes before sunset to get dusk and then night time panorama. We pre booked the time slot 24 hours before attending. Easy checkin process and with security etc you are up the top in 20 minutes
Fantastic experience, excellent staff and well managed with excellent facilities and large viewing platforms. however a little confused on where to actually start, a few more signs might help and a too many guests allowed at same time.
This ticket saves you a little time, but be aware that there is still a bit of planning needed if you visit the Rockefeller on a busy day. We went to the entrance at 18:30 and were only able to book a visit at 20:30.