Top of the Rock delivers stunning views of New York City from your choice of 3 observation decks on the 67th, 69th, or 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center. The top deck reaches more than 850 feet above street level! Imagine unobstructed 360 degree views of the big apple including being able to see the Empire State Building!! It's a great alternative, or addition to, the Empire State Building. (Tip: the crowds are much less than at the Empire State Building, and, in my opinion, the views are far superior.) It provides a completely different view of the city including expansive views of Central Park and the northern section of Manhattan. In addition, you’ll be able to see Times Square, the Chrysler Building, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River. It’s just beautiful AND fun.
Need more fun? The elevator (see picture and video below) that whisks you to the top features a transparent ceiling so that visitors can see their FAST ascent up the 70-story elevator chute. This high speed ride also includes a light show and awesome projected images which just add to the fun of this ‘ride.’ Needless to say, it's a hit with everyone, especially the kids!
Top of the Rock has a time ticketing system. This means that guests purchase tickets based on the date and time they wish to visit. If you purchase your tickets online, you can skip the box office line, and proceed right to the entrance at your assigned time.
Adult Tickets: $32 (without my discounts)
Child Tickets: $26 (without my discounts)
Children Under 6: Free
Seniors (62+): $30 (without my discounts)
Sun and Stars Ticket
Allows you to visit twice in a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, giving you different kinds of views
Sun & Stars: $47.00
Sun & Stars Child: $36.00
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The elevator that whisks you to the top features a transparent ceiling so that visitors can see their FAST ascent up the 70-story elevator chute. This high speed ride also includes a light show and awesome projected images which just add to the fun of it. Watch the video and don't forget to bring your video camera to capture this!
Top of the Rock is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 5th and 6th Avenues at 50th Street.
The observation decks are open from 8:30 AM to midnight, 365 days a year despite weather conditions. Last elevator goes up at 11:00 PM. Hours of operation vary on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day--so check the website in advance. In the case of inclement weather, portions of the deck may be closed for safety reasons but you will be advised prior to entry. Tickets will not be refunded in the event of inclement weather, but they will reissue your ticket for a future time and date.
By Subway: WHAT TO BRING
Take the B, D, F, or V to Rockefeller Center 47-50th Street Station.
Take the 6 to 51st Street and Lexington Avenue; walk west to 5th Avenue and south to 50th Street.
Take the 1 to 50th Street and Broadway; walk east toward 5th Avenue.
Take the N, R, or W to 49th Street and 7th Avenue; walk east toward 5th Avenue and north to 50th Street.
Take the E or V to 5th Avenue and 53rd Street; walk south to 50th Street.
Need help in determining how to best route out your trip? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!
For information on subway fares, metrocards and more Click here!
If you'd like to use the bus, Use this bus map to help!
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Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route!
WHAT TO BRING
When you venture out to Top of the Rock, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!
If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your holiday. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
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