Rockefeller Center Tours

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Radiating art deco glory, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan is where you'll find Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, the Top of the Rock observation deck, and in winter, New York City’s famous ice rink and Christmas tree. Opened by John D. Rockefeller in 1933, it’s a classic NYC stop for its history as a cultural center and architectural icon.

The Basics
There’s a lot to see and do in the complex of 19 buildings and gardens. Daily Rockefeller Center tours highlight the rich assortment of art deco statues, sculptures, and murals, while benefiting from expert historians telling the story of the structure, gardens, and art. Entertainment fans can go behind the scenes on an NBC Studios tour, while New York City lovers can see it all from above at the Top of the Rock observation deck. Don’t miss the famous gilt statue of Prometheus in the Lower Plaza and Atlas on Fifth Avenue, or the underground shopping concourse with more than 100 stores and 40 restaurants. Rockfeller Center is included on most New York sightseeing tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The center is wheelchair accessible and has free Wi-Fi available.
  • Many miss the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens, but it’s worth visiting the strip of fountains and plants, which change with the seasons.
  • The NBC Studios tour is an interactive experience, as travelers can have their photo taken at the news desk or give an impromptu weather report.
  • Stunning views of the Manhattan skyline can be seen from three observation platforms at the Top of the Rock. (Book timed tickets in advance.)

How to Get There
Rockefeller Center is located between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Midtown Manhattan, stretching from W. 48th to W. 51st streets. Rockefeller Plaza leads from 48th Street through to Roosevelt Plaza on 51st Street. Top of the Rock is located in the Comcast Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, with its entrance set on 50th Street. The nearest subway is 47-50th Street/Rockefeller Station.

When to Get There
There is always something going on at Rockefeller Center, open 365 days a year. The holiday season, however, is the highlight.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
Winter brings Rockefeller Center’s ice skating rink to life, starting in early October. The 90-minute skating sessions are first come, first serve, with only 150 people skating at a time for an intimate experience. The famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, an iconic and festive annual NYC tradition, is lit at the end of November and stays up through early January, while the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and its stellar Rockettes make for another worthy tradition.
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Address: 1250 Sixth Avenue, New York City 10112, USA
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Hours: Open daily. Hours vary for each tour
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Viator VIP: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Experience and Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Feel like a true New York City insider with priority access to two iconic holiday experiences, including ice skating at Rockefeller Center and sightseeing at Top of the Rock, during this 1.5-hour Viator VIP experience. Avoid the crowds with priority access to Rockefeller Center’s iconic ice-skating rink for the 8:30am skate session, including VIP chalet access with complimentary hot chocolate and fresh-baked cookies. Cap off your day with 360-degree panoramic views of the Big Apple from the Top of the Rock observation deck.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Viator VIP: Rockefeller Center Late-Night Ice Skating and Top of the Rock

Combine nighttime ice skating at Rockefeller Center and a visit to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck on this Viator VIP experience. Hit the observation deck first for stellar views of the city, and then head to the arena for a late-night ice-skating experience, including priority entry and access to the heated chalet. Plus, you can refuel with fresh-baked cookies and hot chocolate.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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TV and Movie Locations Tour with Official NBC Studios Tour

Go behind the scenes of one of America's top television studios with this memorable tour that showcases the best of NBC. The interactive experience puts travelers right in touch with the action and includes hands-on options that are perfect for visitors of all ages. Check out the sets of Saturday Night Live and the Today Show. Film your own TV segment, which you'll be emailed to show friends back at home. Learn about the business of producing some of the nation's top programming and see iconic landmarks like Radio City Music Hall as part of this incredible tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rockefeller Center Tour

Visit one of New York City’s most famous landmarks on this 1-hour tour of Rockefeller Center. Learn about the rich history of this architecturally significant building and its famous owner, John D. Rockefeller Jr. with informative commentary from your guide. Stroll through the building, its gardens, and its art spaces and see what Rockefeller’s vision for a cultural space has evolved into.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps with this 5-hour guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat and bus as you swing by Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, Federal Hall and much more. You’ll then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the New York City skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. Finish your day exploring Central Park and landmarks like Lincoln Center.*boat cruise is not included during the off season Jan 1 - April 1
  • Duration: 5 hours
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New York City Explorer Pass

Discover a selection of NYC’s top attractions -- many with skip-the-line privileges including the Empire State Building Observatory -- and activities for one low price with the New York City Explorer Pass. Pick among landmarks like Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and activities like a Yankee Stadium Tour, and see the the city in comfort and convenience on a Hop On Hop Off tour, plus much more. 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- and 10-attraction pass options are available with immediate access right from your mobile device as well as special food and shopping discounts.
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Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

Get the best view in all of New York City from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Plaza. Soak up three floors of indoor and outdoor viewing areas and admire the Big Apple’s popular landmarks, such as Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and more. Upgrade to include a 75-minute Rockefeller Center tour.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights Brooklyn

Christmas in New York City is a magical time, and some of the best festive spots in the Big Apple are Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. Residents in these areas take Christmas decorations to a whole new level that shouldn't be missed. This tour whisks you out to Brooklyn, and then on the way back, you can enjoy views of the lit-up Manhattan skyline.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the Big Apple with a Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour Classic ticket. Pass top attractions like Central Park, the Empire State Building and more, and learn about the history of the city from an on-board guide. Then, when you're ready to explore a part of town in greater depth, hop off. Upgrade to a Premium ticket that includes the choice of the Brooklyn Loop, the Harlem Loop or the Panoramic Night Tour. Choose the Deluxe ticket to include all loops and a sightseeing cruise.
  • Duration: 2 days
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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this 17-20 minute helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue up the Hudson River to see even more of Manhattan. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
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New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

See the sights of New York City from up in the air on this 20-minute helicopter tour of the city at night. Take off, and soar over the NYC as you take in aerial views of some of the most famous sights. See the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center, and Times Square all lit up, and then pass by the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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New York City FreeStyle Pass

Weave through the best of the Big Apple with this 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Take in the sites and learn about the history of the city from the running commentary, and then when something strikes your fancy, hop off the bus to explore further. When you're done, get back on the next bus and continue. Stop by Greenwich Village, SoHo, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Lincoln Center, Central Park and much more. Your Pass also includes admission to the top attractions of your choice! Just select a 3-attraction pass, 5-attraction pass or 7-attraction pass and choose from the list of the city’s most popular attractions.
  • Duration: 3 days
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New York Pass with Fast Track Access

Simplify your trip to the Big Apple, save money, and gain fast track access to many attractions by purchasing The New York Pass. Choose between convenient 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-day pass options, granting access to more than 90 top NYC attractions like the Whitney Museum, Empire State Building Observation Deck, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and more. With special skip-the-line access at many sites, and unlimited entry at included attractions, the benefits add up fast.
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Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of New York City

Combine a sightseeing tour by bus with a scenic cruise on the Staten Island Ferry during this full-day tour of New York City. Go to top attractions such as Greenwich Village, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and hop off the bus with your guide for short walks around sites such as the Rockefeller Center. Hear live commentary about the city's history from your guide, and travel in comfort in a climate-controlled bus as you take in the best of the Big Apple.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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NYC Private Holiday Lights Tour by Limo

Get into the Christmas spirit with this private Christmas lights tour through New York City in a comfortable limousine. Your limo is stocked with a bottle of Champagne and soft drinks for the ride, and your guide takes you to some of the most holiday-themed areas of the city. Begin in Manhattan, and go to see Brooklyn's Dyker Heights displays as well as other neighborhoods decked out in holiday cheer. Plus, pass by famous sights such as Rockefeller Center and its giant Christmas tree.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day NYC Small-Group Tour

Experience the ultimate New York City tour on this guided, full-day outing. This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind, small-group experience is a walking, subway and ferry tour of the Big Apple. The authentic trip features famous landmark locations and sites, like Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more.  Approximately 5 miles of walking.  Please do not book this tour if you cannot walk 5 miles over 7 hours.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

See New York City shine in all its glory on this illuminating, 1.5-hour night tour. From aboard an open-top double-decker bus, see the lights and evening activity of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. You'll savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Tour

Enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights and holiday movie sites in New York City on this guided bus tour. See some of the best of the Big Apple’s brilliant holiday lights and decorations in all their holiday splendor while visiting one iconic landmark after another, as well as some of the city’s hidden gems. See the exact locations where many holiday movies were filmed, and match them to their on-screen movie clips along the way. This tour is a fun and festive way for the entire family to celebrate the season.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this 28-30 minute helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue to see Brooklyn, Staten Island and more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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$389.00 USD
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this 12-15 minute helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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$249.00 USD
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NYC at Night Bus Tour

Experience New York, the ‘city that never sleeps,’ magically lit up after dark during this 4-hour guided evening tour of the city by bus. Begin with a short nighttime stroll along the city’s famous High Line Park, then hop on a bus for a ride past illuminated landmarks like Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the neighborhoods of SoHo and Chinatown, and take short walk through Grand Central Terminal.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private New York Helicopter Tour: City Skyline Experience

Fly over New York City in a private helicopter on a 20- to 25-minute sightseeing flight with live commentary. Choose between an afternoon flight and an evening flight, then see the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park from the air. This scenic helicopter tour takes off from Linden Municipal Airport in New Jersey, and accommodates your private group of up to 6 people.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

Enjoy a private, customized walking tour of New York City with a guide who is also a professional photographer. There’s no need for selfies on this exclusive New York photo tour. The guide will serve as both a personal photographer and tour leader while exploring New York City’s most iconic landmarks. Select from any number of popular locations, like Times Square and the Theatre District, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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