One of New York City’s most famous buildings, 30 Rockefeller Plaza boasts panoramic views from its sky-high observation deck, Top of the Rock. Visitors can access three levels for both indoor and outdoor glass-walled platforms offering unobstructed, 360-degree vistas of the sprawling metropolis. The skyscraper, which houses NBC headquarters, was formerly known as the GE Building and is now the Comcast Building.
On the way up are a handful of exhibits, including the Swarovski-created Radiance Wall and Joie Chandelier, a short historical video shown in the theater, and the mezzanine, home to artifacts and photos documenting Rockefeller history. The observation deck offers a popular spot to view New York City from above, especially due to the large viewing area and because you can see a clear look at the Empire State Building and Central Park. For the best experience, book your timed Top of the Rock ticket in advance with your chosen date and time slot. Visitors 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 both in daylight and after dark. To uncover more of the history and architecture of this famous landmark, book a Rockefeller Center Tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Visitors pass through a security checkpoint before entering. Food and beverages are not allowed.
- Bring your camera to snap photos of the city from the Rock observation deck.
- Kids under 6 enter free, and collapsible strollers are allowed.
- Top of the Rock is fully accessible.
- There is no time limit for visits to the Top of the Rock. Most travelers allott about 45 minutes for the experience.
- While Top of the Rock does not feature a restaurant or bar, dining can be found in Rockefeller Center, plus 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 a timed entry between 8am and 11:15pm (the site closes at midnight daily). 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 feature rooftops and outdoor decks that attract both locals and visitors.