Top of the Rock

A $30.00 value - Included with your New York Explorer Pass!

4.6/5 10 Reviews
Gate Prices Adult $30.00
Child $20.00

The best place for sweeping views of New York City? The Top of the Rock® at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Top of the Rock, the famous art deco style skyscraper, also known as “30 Rock”, boasts three floors of indoor and outdoor observation decks at over 800-feet above street level. With 360-degree views of the New York City skyline, this must-see NYC attraction is an unforgettable experience (and provides unbeatable photo opportunities).

It’s all about the skyline view. What you’ll see:

  • Empire State Building
  • Chrysler Building
  • Freedom Tower
  • Central Park
  • Bank of America Tower
  • Flatiron Building
  • And more.

Top of the Rock tickets include:

  • Access to three floors of both indoor and outdoor observations decks on the 27th and 29th floors.
  • Sky Shuttle elevator ride up to the top with light show (a kid-favorite!).
  • Admission to entertaining and informative multi-media exhibits detailing the history of Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center.
  • Interactive Beam Walk inspired by the famous photo of construction workers eating lunch while sitting on a construction beam 69 floors above Manhattan.
  • Breezeway room with interactive light displays.
  • Radiance Wall and Swarovski Joie Chandelier: two sparkling crystal installations.

Insider tip: Download the free Top of the Rock Viewfinder app to identify and learn about the iconic landmarks as you see them. Bring headphones to listen to the audio tour right on your mobile device.

The New York Explorer Pass® is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes discount Top of the Rock tickets, plus admission to your choice of other top attractions.

Getting In

Go to the Will Call window at the 50th Street entrance of the Top of the Rock (between 5th and 6th Avenues) and present your pass for entry.

Hours

REGULAR OPERATING HOURS:
8:00 am-Midnight (last elevator goes up at 11:10pm)
HOLIDAY HOURS:
Thanksgiving Thursday, 11/27
8:00am-Midnight (last elevator goes up at 11:10 pm)
Christmas Eve Wednesday, 12/24
8:00am-11:00pm (last elevator at 10:10pm)
Christmas Day Thursday, 12/25
8:00am-Midnight (last elevator goes up at 11:10pm)
New Year’s Eve Wednesday, 12/31
8:00am-10:00pm (last elevator goes up at 9:10pm)
New Year’s Day Thursday, 1/1
10:00am-Midnight (last elevator goes up at 11:10pm)

Closings

Open 365 days a year

Note

The Observation Deck can experience extremely high volume days. We recommend that you bring your pass to Top of the Rock in advance or early in the morning to reserve your ideal day and time for your visit, especially during holiday weeks. This will ensure you a timed ticket upon returning to enter and enjoy this attraction.

Also, if you are traveling with a tour group, please send a tour group leader to exchange ALL PASSES for timed admission tickets between 9:00 am and 10:00 am on the day you plan to visit the observatory. Tour groups that arrive after 10:00 am without timed admission tickets may be turned away.

Address

30 Rockefeller Plaza
Main entrance is at 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
New York, NY 10112

Public Transportation

B, D, F, to 47-50th St./Rockefeller Center Station;
6 to E. 51st St. at Lexington Avenue. Walk west to Fifth Avenue and south to W. 50th Street;
1 train to 50th St. Station at Broadway. Walk east toward Fifth Avenue;
N or R trains to 49th St. at Seventh Avenue. Walk east toward Fifth Avenue and north to W. 50th Street;
E, train to Fifth Ave/53rd St. Station. Walk south to W. 50th Street.

 

Reviews for Top of the Rock

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Nighttime visit
By PJ from Ohio on

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

We visited on a Friday evening. As expected, the first available ticket was 90 minutes later. There were lots of people but the lines moved quickly. At night it was hard to tell what buildings/places you were looking at. It would have been helpful if there was some kind of guide.

Smart Destinations Response: Hi Pj, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about this experience, which will also help future customers plan their trip to the Top of the Rock.
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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Best view of NYC!
By RJ Verified Reviewer from UK on
Pros:
EXCELLENT view
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

Excellent view of NYC - this was the first thing I did in the city and it was spectacular! Make sure you check the weather forecast in advance as a bright sunny day makes for a better experience!

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[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

great view at the Empire!
By Nathan from Belgium on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

Great of course seeing the empire which is of course not possible being on the empire itself. and this isn't actually so much lower. But we didn't see the point of having some spots with glass on the lowest levels. At first like almost everybody else we didn't knew that there was a glass-free spot at the top so we took a lot of unnessacary pictures and wasted some time there.

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[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Must-See NYC Attraction
By Katie Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Spectacular Views Of City, Good Indoors Or Outdoors, Fun Elevator Ride
Cons:
Wait Time For Elevators, Ticketing Process,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

Having visited the Empire State Building years earlier, my family's visit to the Top of the Rock was a great experience and a new "must see" in NYC. The views from the top were spectacular, including good views of Central Park, the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, and even the Statue of Liberty in the distance. The top deck has 3 different levels (including indoor and outdoor options). The outside areas had tall glass panes about 15 feet tall so it felt safer (especially for children) and the wind does not hit you. There were several observation meters to get better views. The only downside is that this is a popular attraction with limited number of elevators to take visitors up or down (I counted 2), so expect to wait for the elevators going up and going down. The ride inside the elevators is fun (they have a cool glass ceiling with lights inside the elevator shaft so you can see how fast and far up you are going).

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Fabulous view!!!
By Carmel Verified Reviewer from St. John's NL on
Pros:
Great All Around View
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

Best ever view of the BIG APPLE! Lots of areas for great photo ops!

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Execellent
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario on
Pros:
Great view
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

Great view ... able to take wonderful pics... line moved very quickly... a must when in NY

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Excelent
By Edinburgh Gill Verified Reviewer from Edinburgh on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

Brilliant views of Central Park, Empire State Building and most of NYC on a clear day. Great attraction would go back again.

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[2 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Great time!
By Ally from New York, NY on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

This was a great deal and a wonderful attraction. The view is breath taking! This is a must see if you are visiting NYC and really want an idea of big and unique this city is!

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[5 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

A HIGHLIGHT in New York City!
By Loves2Travel Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Neat exhibit, Location is amazing, Glass Walls are amazing, The coolest view of NYC, HIGH quality everything
Cons:
Crowded but worth it,
Best Uses:
Get a great view of NYC,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

This is a great attraction in NYC. I haven't been to the Empire State Building so I can't compare the two, but I can say that it's cool to be so high and up and SEE the Empire State Building (which is probably prettier from the outside than the inside.. my guess) I loved the exhibit, there's a spot where the floor is done so you feel like you are one of the original construction workers sitting on a beam up high (it's an illusion) it's very cool. I highly recommend

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

AWESOME VIEW!
By MARYY Verified Reviewer from PHILADELPHIA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Top of the Rock Observation Deck:

LOVED THIS VIEW!! EVENING OR DAYTIME, ITS WORTH THE TRIP!

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