Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
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Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
Top of the Rock Observation Deck, the newly opened, 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, is New York City's most amazing attraction! The unforgettable experience includes a panoramic 360-degree, unobstructed view from the 70th floor observatory, 850 feet in the sky! Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - Midnight, last elevator goes up at 11:00 PM.Main entrance is located on 50th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 47–50 Sts – Rockefeller Center • 2 min walk
  • 5th Ave / 53rd St • 5 min walk
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  • AS2021
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best observation deck in NYC
    By far the best observation deck to take in the skyline of NYC. With uninterrupted views of the iconic Empire State and Chrysler buildings, you really know you're in NYC at the Top of the Rock. A visit in the evening was well worth it, watching all the lights come on across the city after watching a beautiful sunset. Good value being available on the New York Pass (a modest surcharge is payable to go at sunset). If you're only going up one observation deck, make it this one - you don't see the Empire State building from the Empire State observation deck!
    Thank you for this wonderful review! We couldn't agree more about the ESB. We hope to welcome you back to the Top of the Rock very soon.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 24 July 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    'Top Of The Rock' Observation Deck!
    Another highly recommended observation deck to experience if visiting NYC! We booked through NYC CityPASS tickets which were very simple and straight forward to use and saved us a lot of money when visiting a few of the city's attractions (see separate review) Even though we went in a peak Summer month, we visited in the morning upon opening time so we avoided what I imagine could be very long queues as other reviews have mentioned here. Staff were friendly and attentive during our visit. The views from the 'top' were incredible and you can see all over magnificent Manhattan (stunning Central Park, Empire State Building and miles and miles of skyscrapers) Great photo opportunities!
    Thank you for your 5 Star review! We are happy to hear that the staff were great and to avoid the sunset rush, you visited us first thing in the morning. You rock! Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written 30 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Avadoesit
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    Beautiful views of the city in one trip. The staff is amazing as well. You’re able to find deals on this place on City Pass it simply pay $40 per person. Go early to prevent overcrowding and enjoy the beautiful views of the city.
    Thanks for taking the time to leave this response, and great advice! We hope to welcome you back very soon.
    Written 18 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Taelyn C
    Dalton, Georgia1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good first time experience
    I enjoyed the view it was very cool! The entrance into the building is nice and the elevator ride was cool. The view of the city was great! It was expensive for what your doing considering its like a 30- maybe an hour thing but I'm glad I saw it. Definitely a first time in NYC kind of thing. I wouldn't do it twice!
    We're glad you enjoyed the experience and liked the views! We appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback. Hopefully you decide to come back at some point, we'd love to welcome you again!
    Written 18 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China20,340 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist experience
    Top of the Rock needs no further introduction. Yes, it is crowded as previous reviews describe but tourists will visit anyway, right? And of course, the view of the Big Apple atop is unparalleled. Getting the Express Pass is a good idea as you can skip the line to wait for the lift down (waiting to go up is a complete nonissue compared with going down).
    Thank you for taking the time to leave this positive review! We appreciate the understanding that there will be crowds at a popular NYC attraction. Great advice on the Express Pass. We hope to welcome you back again soon, have a great day!
    Written 18 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
  • marmitchy
    Killeen, Texas68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome view
    An amazing experience. Visited twice. My first one was before the sunset two years ago, and it was such an experience. The view from the top is wonderful and you’ll see Empire State Building illuminated, a sight to behold. Visited NYC again two weeks ago, this time during daytime and I’m still amazed. I recommend going up before sunset and still till night time and wait for the Empire State Building to light up, it’s a view you won’t experience anywhere else. I love NYC!!
    Great advice for our future visitors! Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Have a great day!
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Cassandra T
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must do!
    We had the absolute pleasure of the VIP tour with David, it was fantastic and worth every cent! David shared his passion and knowledge of the history of Rockerfella Plaza, so amazing! We then toured the beautiful Rainbow Room, a step back in time, simply stunning! And then onto the observation deck! The VIP pass ensured ease of access from start to finish, no waiting in lines. I cannot recommend this tour enough! Loved it! One of the best things we did on our 4 week trip across the USA!
    Thank you for this wonderful review! David is a great guide, we're glad you enjoyed his passion and knowledge for Rockefeller Center. Come back next time you're in town!
    Written 24 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Happygoluckyhere
    187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous views
    Fabulous views from every side of the building. Even if Central Park, which you can always see from the other high rise buildings. We could see right passed the Statue of Liberty. The only downside is the poor organisation getting in and up and the long queues to get down.
    We're sorry to hear about the issues with organization and queues. We are making improvements in these areas. We're glad you enjoyed the views and we hope to welcome you back soon!
    Written 24 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • jakeabbott22
    Manchester, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible night time views
    Amazing experience we choice to see Manhattan during the night our time slot was 7:35. Very easy to find the entrance and the staff were amazing and helpful. It wasn’t too busy during the time we visited too so you could spend a bit longer taking in the views. The views were unbelievable seeing the city lit up was special that’s for sure. It was a clear night so you could see for miles proper bucket list stuff. Would definitely recommend to anyone visited New York.
    Thank you for leaving this amazing review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
    Written 24 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Kdawg282
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania1,589 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outdoor views of the city!
    We stopped by the Top of the Rock during our NYC visit and thoroughly enjoyed it! Great views of NYC and you will see the Empire State Building very close! You get good views of Central Park here as well. It’s a bit different from the One World views, a bit lower and outdoor vs being inside glass. I would do both and see which one you like best!
    Thank you for this excellent review! We're so glad you enjoyed the views. We hope to welcome you back very soon.
    Written 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
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dmorgan202
Liverpool, UK187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We booked tickets on line for $38 plus an extra $10 as we wanted to go at sunset (the start of fleecing you for every penny). A small queue and through security and you’re then herded to have greenscreen photos taken on girder as per the famous workers photo.

We tried to watch the 4 minute film re the history of the building but was told to get in the lift ASAP or we’d miss the sunset!!?? (It was an hour before sunset).

Next we get into an ultra fast lift which was great and at the top you can roam between 3 levels with very top one having no barriers so you get a fantastic 360 view.

It took a long time between the sun going down and it being the night view (and it’s freezing up there) so plan that in.

We went to look at the photos which weren’t that great and they wanted $30 for 1 or $34 for both!! An absolute rip off for photos and gift shop was equally extortionate compared to other NY shops!!

Whilst the views were great (though there are other great views for free) the whole thing felt like sheer robbery!!
Written 3 March 2020
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Victor Borba
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Extreme unpleasant,
(1) overcrowded and super disorganized, bought four adults to see the sunset, with the crowds our 4:05 pm tickets we could pass the front door only by 4:25 and get into the top itself be later 4:40. That said obviously lost the sunset ($+10/person). In addition a fourth person was not even able to get into in time due the super line.
(2) Staff was super rude - offensive and yelling to us.
Disappointed and disrespected.

Yes they indeed have a nice sight, but after going to both TOP and Empire Estate I can say that the latter is definitely better (although a small $ premium).
Finally do recommend Empire given this disrespect and long lines regular likely experience in the TOP of the Rock.
Written 1 January 2020
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amie89
18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There was a lot going on around Rockefeller at the time we went as it was over the new year period so there were lots of queues for different things and it's not obvious where the entrance to the observation decks is. We had purchased VIP tickets in advance which was supposed to give you queue jump, they do not have a time on them as you can go any time with those tickets where as if you purchase normal tickets in advance they will have a time on them or you can queue in a different line for people with the city passes etc which was by far the longest line. There was a member of staff outside showing people which line they needed to be in so we showed him our tickets and asked which line we should join. He said that because our tickets didn't have a time on them we needed to be in the massive line, I asked him if he was sure as it wouldn't be worth paying the extra $40 each if we had to wait in the biggest queue and he just pointed at the long line. So we waited for 40 mins in that line. However when we got inside and our tickets were scanned we went straight through and jumped all the queues. The staff inside were brilliant, really friendly. Sadly this couldn't make up for the waiting outside, which I wouldn't have minded had I not paid an extra $80.
Written 11 January 2020
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Toriavic9
Beaufort, SC135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited here late night in February and there were no lines and plenty of space to view the city. The lights are just amazing to see from that view. You're sitting in the middle of it all, high enough to see all the buildings but not too high that you're looking down on everything. The only thing we had trouble with was getting a little mixed up inside the building when trying to find the entrance to the observatory and also the exit. Lots of stairs and escalators! The staff was very helpful.

For those who have passes, please make sure you read up on how to use them here. You have to purchase "timed" tickets to reserve your time slot for viewing. YES even with a pass as you have to scan it to receive your time. It was not a big deal for us considering it was not busy at all but I am sure during peak months and times it can get crowded. I can't believe people are upset about this with the passes...it clearly says in the directions AND the website for Top of the Rock that you MUST redeem a ticket at the counter. There is no need to rate a one star for your lack of preparation.
Written 16 February 2020
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Fam4Adventure
Bryan11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We purchased the 24 hour pass option so we could see at night and early morning. This is the way to go. This also will give you a buffer if weather conditions are not ideal. They also were so kind as to allow us to change the time due to a 0% visibility upon our original entry time/day. Recommend getting in line early if you are going first thing so you can take pictures with little to no people present.
Written 3 January 2020
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Liv
Wales, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Bought the sun and stars ticket for myself and my Mum in December. We booked the ticket for 3.15pm so that we could see the sunset. It was very busy but to be expected at sunset.
When we queued outside before even going through security, the staff were not friendly and seemed extremely stressed and shouting at people who were struggling to understand the ticketing system. Have read a lot of other reviews too saying this but think they need to try sort the system out.
However, when we got to the top, we took loads of brilliant photos of the view and was a great experience. Went to the very top deck for sunset and we were jam packed but managed to get a good spot. Got very cold waiting for the sunset but was worth it. Then returned a few hours later for the night view, brilliant. Was such an incredible view and a lot quieter- New York at night is beautiful. The side facing Lower Manhattan and Empire State is definitely the better view but fabulous views of Central Park too. There is no time limit to how long you are up there. Gift shop at the top too. Lift up to the top of fab, very fast with projections on the glass roof. Highly recommend going for the Sun and Stars ticket and checking online what time sunset is to see sunset whilst up there.
Written 25 January 2020
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Jess
Merseyside, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We included the Top of the Rock tour as part of our trip to the Rockerfella Centre and we are so glad we did. Sean Patrick was a fantastic guide, funny and informative and gave us lots of information about the local area and the history of the buildings. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour really enjoyable. I would highly recommend you incorporate this into your trip, it lasted approximately 1 hour and you were then taken to queue for the observation deck.
Written 24 February 2020
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Shannon
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed the sunset views however, there were simply too many people who hogged the front for long periods. Everyone in the sunset time slot paid for the experience and instead of everyone getting their photos and stepping back to let others see many people just camped out in front of the glass making it difficult to take in the full views. We were there the weekend before Christmas so we did expect it to be busy but, a little common courtesy for each other would have gone a long way to enhance everyone’s experience. Still would do it again!
Written 1 January 2020
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LivMcGiv
Dublin, Ireland71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I saw a couple of reviews about the length of queues, the cost and trying to get space on the viewing levels, but I must have timed it perfectly because there was nobody in the queue for payment, and there were only a handful of people on any viewing level.
I went early on a Sunday morning the day after the Christmas tree had been removed from the Rockefeller Plaza.
If you have spent a couple of hours or days walking around the city, the Top of The Rock experience is well worth the money to look down on everything from above and to be able to see the density and spread of the buildings around.
The view of NYC is so familiar even though I had never seen it before and it is amazing to be able to see all the iconic buildings from one vantage point.
The staff were all so friendly, cheerful and helpful.
There is a gift shop at the top and the price for merchandise is on a par with other official gift shops
The guide on offer for an extra $1 was well worth it as it gives details of the view for both night and day. I have to go back to NYC next month and I will definitely do it again. Loved it.
Written 22 January 2020
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k8rew
Liverpool, UK384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We chose a day when we knew the weather would be good, we paid our fee of $40 each (about £32) and headed off in the lift to the TOTR which was an experience in itself.
From the top we could see clearly across all of Manhattan and beyond including New Jersey, I think my favourite view though was Central Park to see how it was all set out.
We probably spent about 45 minutes up there which was enough for us as we had a busy day ahead of us, whilst at the top it never felt crowded and there was always room for a selfie or two.
I would certainly give the TOTR top marks but if I was disappointed in one thing it was the charge of $34 for a couple of photos they take of you superimposed on the steel beam, why do you want to charge your guests the amount of money when the have already paid to get in? (Felt like a tourist trap)
Is a must do in NYC and we are certainly glad we visited.
Written 9 February 2020
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