On the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center is Top of the Rock: New York’s best viewpoint. From the observation deck you not only overlook Lower Manhattan, Central Park, the Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, but also the iconic Empire State Building. Find here all the information you need for your visit.
Where is Top of the Rock?
Top of the Rock is the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center, which is located in Midtown Manhattan in the City that never sleeps: New York City in the United States.
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What can you expect during your visit?
After a security check and a short video about NBC and the Rockefeller Center, you board the Sky Shuttle: an elevator that takes you to the 67th floor in less than 1 minute. Once upstairs you can enjoy the view of New York from 3 different floors.
Duration of your visit
On average you need about 45-60 minutes for a visit, but you can visit the observation deck for as long as you want.
Top of the Rock tickets
You can easily order tickets online in advance. The advantage is that you no longer have to stand in line and with these tickets you can still decide in New York when and at which time you want to visit the observation deck. This gives you complete freedom to plan your visit on a day that suits you best and when the weather is good too. Because of course you don’t want to enjoy the view of New York while it is raining like crazy.
Once you are in New York, just pass by the ticketdesk with your confirmation 1 or more days before you want to go up and reserve your desired date and time slot!
|Type of visitor||Entrance fee|
|Adult (12 years and older)||USD 41,37 / € 37,89|
|Senior (62 years and older)||USD 39,20 / € 35,89|
|Child (6-12 years old)||USD 34,84 / € 31,89|
|Children till 6 years old have free entrance.|
Buy your tickets for Top of the Rock
Are you planning to visit multiple attractions in New York and do you know which ones? In some cases it may be cheaper to buy a New York CityPass.
365 days a year, from 08.00h till midnight (08.00am-00.00pm).
Do you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the city with daylight and in the evening? I always go to the top one hour before the sun goes down. This way you can take beautiful pictures of the city with daylight, during the sunset and of all the lights in the city as soon as it has become dark.
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How do you get there?
Top of the Rock can be reached easily by metro or by bus.
Below you will find which metro and bus line you should take, as well as what is the best stop to get off the metro or bus. From all stops, depending on where you get off, it’s a 2-10 minute walk to the Rockefeller Center entrance.
|Subway line||Get off at ||Walk|
|B, D, F, M (orange)||47-50th Street Rockefeller Center||160m / 2 min|
|1 (red)||50th Street Broadway||450m / 6 min|
|6 (green)||51st Street||700m / 10 min|
|N, Q, R (yellow)||49th Street||450m / 6 min|
From the various bus stops it is a few minutes’ walk to the entrance.
|Bus line||Get off at (north-south)||Get off at (south-north)||Walk|
|M1||5 Av/W 49 St||Madison Av/E 49 St||4 min / 6 min|
|M2||5 Av/W 50 St||Madison Av/E 49 St||3 min / 6 min|
|M3||5 Av/W 50 St||Madison Av/E 49 St||3 min / 6 min|
|M4||5 Av/W 49 St||Madison Av/E 49 St||3 min / 6 min|
|M5||5 Av/W 50 St||West 50 St & 6 Avenue||3 min / 1 min|
|M7||7 Avenue & West 50 St||West 50 St & 6 Avenue||5 min / 1 min|
|M50||West 50 St & 6 Avenue (west-east)||West 49 St & 5 Avenue||1 min / 4 min|
Food and drinks
The observation deck has no restaurant or bar where you can eat and / or drink something. However, there are plenty of options in and around the Rockefeller Center for a snack and / or a drink before or after your visit.
It is not permitted to take food and / or drinks to the top yourself.
Is Top of the Rock wheelchair accessible?
Use of a tripod
Accommodations near Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock is located in Midtown Manhattan and is an ideal area to stay if you want to be centrally located in New York close to various other attractions such as Times Square and Grand Central Station.
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