Top of the Rock Observation Deck
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Top of the Rock: So much more than the views

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!

A three-story deck

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!

Installations

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 way up

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!

Colors

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!

One of Manhattan's liveliest locations

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!

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open daily from 8AM till midnight. The last elevator to the top departs at 11PM.

How much does it cost?

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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    8:00AM - Midnight
  • Is it expensive?
    $30
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessarily
  • How to get there
    Take the subway to any number of stops around Rockefeller Center, located between 5th and 6th Ave.
  • Additional information
    It's highly recommended you book online to avoid long ticket lines!

What people are saying about Top of the Rock Observation Deck

spectacular views, although a little over crowded.

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.

Breathtaking views of New York - try to go at sunset!

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.

Flexible ticket - exchange for timed entry - skip the line - perfect!

Excellent deal and fantastic location, best views of NYC. Went for sunset and twinkly city lights. Wrap up warm!

Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/22/2018

Wonderful tour, with an end on the Top of the rock. Beautiful view!

Lots of seen and learned. Good guide, good explanation in Harlem and around Central park. Beautiful ambience in High line Chelsea and Market.

Top of The Rock Ticket and New York Sights Day Tour Reviewed by Fabienne, 04/16/2018

Plan and book ahead to get the best sunset slot

We arrived 24 hours before and exchanged our GYG voucher for 2 tickets the following day for the sunset slot. Dont expect to get this premium time without getting your tickets in advance. Incredible views and super friendly staff. Good queue management. Toilets available and option to skip the cheesy 'tourist' photo at the start.

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