NYC Travel Blog: Guide to Visiting Top of the Rock
New York City is home to many world-renowned attractions, including Top of the Rock, an observation deck located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. Before you visit the Big Apple, read our latest NYC Travel Blog article, ‘Guide to Visiting Top of the Rock’ to learn more about how you can enjoy breathtaking views of New York City.
These are unusual times we find ourselves living in, with restrictions being put in place and lifted with little notice, so please be sure to confirm operating hours before visiting any of the attractions or activities mentioned in this article.
This latest article, ‘Guide to Visiting Top of the Rock,’ in our NYC Travel Guide presents you with tips and interesting facts about visiting Top of the Rock located in the heart of Rockefeller Center.
Top of the Rock
Location: 30 Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10012
Distance from Hotel Mela: .4 miles
About Top of the Rock:
Top of the Rock is a popular New York City activity that you can enjoy nearly any time of year. Located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Top of the Rock offers sweeping views of Manhattan and beyond from several observation decks.
A visit to Top of the Rock is worthwhile because the vantage point for viewing the city is one of the best you’ll experience. Bring your camera and get ready to post to your social media accounts. Top of the Rock offers view that are mesmerizing and memorable.
The Top of the Rock attraction is comprised of 3 outdoor observation decks and 1 indoor deck. When you visit Top of the Rock, you can take photos and stay as long as you like. Some Top of the Rock visitors like to take advantage of the attraction’s enhanced experience, which includes downloading the Viewfinder Mobile app to a smartphone. All tickets to Top of the Rock are timed-entry admission tickets, which means that you won’t have to wait long to enter after you arrive at the attraction.
Why Visit Top of the Rock:
Aside from enjoying sweeping views of New York City with your own eyes, you can rent binoculars to zoom in on various parts of Manhattan from above when you visit Top of the Rock. Whether you want to take in the view from outdoors or inside, you’re in for a treat at Top of the Rock because the city’s most notable attractions and landmarks are all in clear view.
At Top of the Rock, you’ll be able to admire NYC’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and more. Study Manhattan’s streets from high up in the clouds and see how they form a perfect grid that makes navigating the city a breeze.
When you’re done taking pictures and being amazed at the sights of New York City from the sky, make your way to the Top of the Rock gift shop to pick up souvenirs to bring back home. The Top of the Rock gift shop also sells cameras, which comes in handy if you’ve forgotten yours at home.
For amazing day time or sparkling nighttime views of the city, few spots in NYC can match the views from the Top of the Rock!
Tips for Visiting Top of the Rock:
Top of the Rock is a must-see attraction for a New York City trip of any length, but there are some things you should remember before you visit:
- Dress for the weather and always bring a jacket (it’s usually cool and windy on the outdoor observation decks).
- Check the official Rockefeller Center Website (link above) to confirm the hours of operation for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.
- The best time to visit is late afternoon just before dusk to enjoy beautiful sunset views of the city, or later in the night for spectacular nighttime views of NYC.
- It is best to visit Top of the Rock during the week, Monday to Thursday to avoid the much busier weekends.
- Be sure to check online and some of the 'City Pass' options for discounts on tickets to Top of the Rock.
- Bring sunscreen in case you’re lingering on the outside decks for more than 15 minutes.
- Plan to explore the rest of Rockefeller Center and enjoy the many shops and restaurants that are all just steps away.
- Depending on the time of year, you can also walk the corridor of Rockefeller Center and view the famous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.
- During the late Fall and Winter months you can take in a session of Ice Skating at the popular Rink at Rockefeller Center.
Facts About Top of the Rock:
- The Rockefeller Center observation decks opened to the public in 1933, but the new and improved Top of the Rock decks opened in 2005.
- Top of the Rock is a 6-level observatory located at the top of the 30 Rockefeller Plaza Art Deco building.
- The Top of the Rock upper decks are situated 850 feet above street level.
This NYC Travel Guide article, ‘Guide to Visiting Top of the Rock,’ presents just a few highlights for visiting this famous New York City attraction.
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