Manhattan is all about skylines. Why not try to capture as many unique views as possible on your trip? The Empire State Building may be more recognizable, but Top of the Rock affords views that are just as spectacular, and it tends to be less crowded. Another thing Top of the Rock can offer that the Empire State Building will never be able to is, well—a view of the Empire State Building! Boasting a 360-degree panorama of New York, visitors can marvel at the city from this 55,000 square-foot, multi-tiered observation deck at Rockefeller Plaza’s “30 Rock” building, located between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Top of the Rock is named for its location spanning the top few floors of Rockefeller Plaza’s Comcast Building, an Art Deco style skyscraper built during the Great Depression by the infamous John D. Rockefeller as a gift to his beloved Manhattan.
Rockefeller Plaza is known for its massive and ornately-decorated Christmas tree and ice-skating rink; both at the base of the Comcast building, and both staples on the winter tourism checklist. Renovated in 2005, Top of the Rock affords visitors completely unobstructed views of New York City in all its glory. Ride a beautiful glass elevator 70 stories into the air, while watching educational videos provided by NBC, one of many well-known companies housed at Rockefeller Plaza.
Once at the top, super-helpful staff can assist you in locating landmarks on the horizon, and will be more than happy to snap some great shots of you and your companions with a stunning New York backdrop. Take your pick of viewing the city from a fully-enclosed indoor observation deck in inclement weather or one of the open-air terraces in the summertime, or make use of both! A trip to Top of the Rock is both breathtaking and informative, and guests can check out the multimedia exhibit that goes into detail about the history behind Rockefeller Plaza.
A visit to Top of the Rock is a brilliant way to squeeze a little romance into the fast pace of a New York City visit. Try going just before dusk on a clear day and watching the sun set over Manhattan. It’s an unforgettable experience that will send you home with spectacular photos as well as memories you can only get from being in the heart of Old New York!
Use the entrance on 50th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Proceed down the staircase to enter the Express Line and present your pass for entry.
If you are traveling with a tour group, please send a tour group leader to exchange all passes for timed admission tickets between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on the day before you plan to visit the observatory. Tour groups that arrive after 10:00 am without timed admission tickets may be turned away.
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.
Group Tours: 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.