Top of the Rock
The observation deck is a popular spot from which to admire New York City, especially the Empire State Building and Central Park. For the best Top of the Rock experience, book your timed ticket in advance with your chosen date and time slot.
You can also opt for VIP access to skip the elevator lines or a Sun and Stars ticket to visit twice in 24 hours and catch the views by both day and night. To uncover more of the history and architecture of this famous landmark, book a Rockefeller Center Tour.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Visitors pass through a security checkpoint before entering; food and beverages are not allowed.
Kids under 6 enter free, and collapsible strollers are allowed.
Top of the Rock is fully wheelchair accessible.
There's no time limit for visits to Top of the Rock, but expect to spend around an hour there.
While Top of the Rock doesn't have a restaurant or bar, dining can be found in Rockefeller Center, as well as the 65th-floor Bar SixtyFive.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the building.
How to Get There
Set at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, the 1933 art deco Rockefeller Center houses the Top of the Rock. The main entrance is on 50th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The closest subway is at 47-50th Street/Rockefeller Station.
When to Get There
Reserve your ticket in advance for timed entry between 8am and 11:15pm (the site closes at midnight every day). Try to plan your visit for a day with clear skies for the best views. The site is busiest around sunset and after dark as travelers catch a look at the city illuminated; early morning visits are less crowded. Top of the Rock is open 365 days a year.
Best NYC Spots for City Views
Top of the Rock offers one of the best views of New York City. Other attractions with notable views include the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the High Line, and the One World Observatory. With the city’s sea of skyscrapers, many New York restaurants and bars have rooftops and outdoor decks that attract both locals and visitors.
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