Top of the Rock Discount Tickets & Tips for Visiting – A Must See Attraction!

The Top of the Rock features one of the best views of the New York City skyline from both an indoor observation deck, and two outdoor observation decks. You haven’t seen NYC until you see it from the Top of the Rock.

Also known as “30 Rock,” the famous art deco style skyscraper, and home of NBC Studios, offers 360-degree panoramic views of New York City from the 67th, 69th, and 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

This iconic attraction also features a multi-media interactive educational exhibit to enhance the experience. Experience a New York City icon, learn about the history of the building and its historical significance, and learn about New York City’s ever-evolving skyline, right from the source.

Looking for Top of the Rock Observatory Discount Tickets?

We’ve got you covered – Top of the Rock Observatory admission is available with the below money-saving options, so you can choose the attraction pass that’s right for you:

1. Explorer Pass – Choose attractions as you go. Includes admission to up to 10 attractions.

2 . Costruisci il tuo pass - Seleziona le attrazioni che vuoi visitare prima di visitare.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

Now you can take your trip to NYC to new heights–850 feet above ground level to be exact.

Tips for Visiting Top of the Rock

Download the Top of the Rock mobile app

  • Take your time at the exhibits on the way up to the Top of the Rock, once you pass through, you cannot return.
  • Salva su ammissione combinato al Top of the Rock e da altre famose attrazioni di New York con una Go di New York Explorer Pass.
  • Bring a back-up battery for your camera or mobile device–you’ll be taking lots of pictures.
  • Head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the morning for the most choices for timed tickets.
  • Look up the time of sunset for the day and get your timed ticket for about one hour before sunset, also known as “the golden hour” for photography. Plus, you’ll get daytime and evening views of the city when the buildings light up.
  • Scarica il Top of the app Roccia per una guida orizzonte che identifica ciò che gli edifici che stai guardando, tour audio è possibile ascoltare, e altro ancora. Consiglio dell'esperto: scaricare il tour audio tramite WiFi prima del tuo viaggio per salvare i dati.
  • Plan to stay a while. There is no time limit on the observation decks so make the most of it and plan to stay a while.
  • Don’t let an inclement weather forecast scare you away – the view is pretty breathtaking in all weather, plus a stormy sky can add to the dramatic views (plus crowds tend to be smaller, too!).
  • Visit another popular observation deck so you can compare Top of the Rock vs Empire State Building.

When to Visit the Observation Deck

For the best views, head to the Top of the Rock one hour before sunset (the golden hour)

To avoid the largest crowds, save your Top of the Rock trip for a weekday. Head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza early in the day and get a timed ticket.

The best views are arguably right before sunset to get both daytime and twilight views.

Worried about the weather? The views are pretty spectacular no matter the weather, but be sure to double check the observation deck hasn’t closed due to inclement weather if it looks iffy.

What to Bring

  • A camera is a must! Bring backup batteries if you have them.
  • Dress for the weather as the observation decks are outdoors and keep in mind that it’s windier at the top: sunscreen, rain jacket, sweater, sunglasses, etc.
  • Quarters if you want to use the coin-operated binoculars.
  • A selfie stick for memorable photos of yourself with the Empire State Building in the background.

What to Do at Top of the Rock

Take your time going through the exhibits on the way up to the observations decks to get the background history and learn about this iconic New York City landmark building.

The Grand Atrium Lobby

la Joie cristallo Water Fall Lampadario nel Grand Atrium Lobby della Top of the Deck Roccia di osservazione

Be sure to look up when you’re in the lobby for a view of “Joie – Crystal Water Fall”, a 35-foot delicate chandelier made of 600 free hanging strands of perfectly cut Swarovski crystals.

Designed by Michael Hammers, the chandelier is an inverted replica of the shape of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Mezzanine Level Exhibit

top of the rock skyscraper

Questa mostra multimediale migliora visitatori Top dell'esperienza roccia, fornendo informazioni divertente sulla ricca storia dell'edificio, la sua iconica architettura art deco progettato dal famoso architetto Raymond Hood, la costruzione dell'edificio, e altro ancora. I visitatori possono guardare video informativi su schermi al plasma e osservare il modello originale di tiglio 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Learn about John D. Rockefeller’s original plans for the building in 1928 and how the crash of the stock market on October 24, 1929, the beginning of the Great Depression, changed his vision and the building’s construction became a symbol of hope for economic recovery.

Browse through photographs and artifacts from the building’s construction and check out the original architect’s model for the building.  You’ll see how the building was a feat of engineering and learn about some of the individual workers who contributed to its construction including the iconic photo “Lunchtime” portraying construction workers sitting on a construction beam and eating lunch–you’ll even have a chance to pose for your own “Lunchtime” photograph!

Walk along the interactive beam walk, a motion technology simulated exhibit that allows visitors to see what it was like to walk across one of the building beams during the building’s construction.

The Sky Shuttle Elevator Ride and Light Show

Among the world’s fastest elevators, the Sky Shuttle travels 700 feet in less than a minute. While inside, keep your eyes to the sky for an entertaining light show (a kid favorite!).

Radiance parete

Radiance Wall on the 67th floor of Top of the Rock

The second Swarovski crystal installation at the Top of the Rock is the Radiance Wall, a large, colorful crystal geode wall located on the 67th observation floor.

Observation Decks

There are three floors of observation decks; the 68th, 69th, and 70th.

The 67th floor is where the elevator lets visitors out and features exhibits, a souvenir shop, and mostly indoor views of New York City.

Il 69 ° piano Caratteristiche all'aperto, 360 vista gradi di della città da dietro la sicurezza di pannelli di vetro.

The 70th floor features open-air, 360-degree views of the city with no glass panels.

Each of the observation decks features stunning views of many notable New York City skyline icons, including:

  • The Empire State Building
  • One World Trade Center
  • The Chrysler Building
  • Bank of America Tower
  • Central Park
  • Il ponte di Brooklyn
  • La Statua della libertà
  • Trump Tower
  • Times Square
  • Flatiron Building
  • and lots more

Attrazioni vicine

New York City is huge, be sure to visit other top attractions close to Rockefeller Plaza while you’re in the area to make the most of your time. Check out our New York City by Neighborhood Guide for more NYC itinerary tips, and our Getting Around NYC Guide.

Tour of Rockefeller Center – For a full Rockefeller experience, be sure to go on a guided tour of the “hub of Manhattan”, Rockefeller Center, which has earned the status of a National Landmark. Comprised of 19 commercial buildings, the center is spread out over a space of 89,000 square meters. You’ll go through the center’s most recognizable spots, including its gardens and some of its buildings.

Museum of Modern Art – Visit the greatest collection of modern art in the world and experience the New York museum scene. Home to Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Claude Monet’s Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, and many more iconic works of art, visitors will enjoy the museum’s premier permanent collection.

Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour –  Get a behind-the-scenes look and meet a real-life Rockette on a tour of Radio City Music Hall, the “Showplace of the Nation” and host to some of the world’s most famous events, including the Grammy’s and MTV Music Awards.

Central Park Bike Rental – Biking is one of the best ways to explore all the sights in Central Park. With your full-day bike rental starting in Central Park, you’ll get a detailed map, helmet, chain lock, and basket so you can make the most of your time in the famous sprawling park.

Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York: Go on the Classic 1-Day Tour for an overview of all the top sites in New York City. You’ll get to see tons of landmarks and learn about New York’s unique history and culture from your onboard professional tour guide–one of the best ways to get to know the city. (You can also start your Hop-On Hop-Off tour elsewhere in the city and hop off when you get to the Rockeller Center Stop.)

Night Tour by Big Bus New York: If you visited Top of the Rock in the late afternoon, just a short walk from Rockefeller Plaza you can board a double-decker sightseeing bus for an evening tour of New York City and its most iconic buildings and landmarks lit up in the night sky.

Posti per mangiare

If you want to grab a bite to eat during your visit, the Top of the Rock has a few options to choose from, right in the building, including:

  • Auntie Anne’s – For a small snack to hold you over until mealtime, grab a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s, located just outside the Top of the Rock ticketing lobby and souvenir shop.
  • SIXTYFIVE – For a cocktail and appetizers before or after your trip to the top, head to SIXTYFIVE Bar and Cocktail Lounge located on the 30th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and featuring views that are almost as good as the top.
  • Rock Center Café – For a sit-down meal right in the building, head to Rock Center Café, the buildings namesake dining destination. In the winter, the restaurant features front row views of the famous ice skating rink and outdoor garden seating in the summer months.
  • Cucina & Co. – For more casual fare, check out Cucina & Co. for gourmet Mediterranean sandwiches, pasta, salads, and more. Dine-in or take-out.

Bisogno di sapere

Orari di apertura

  • Daily: 8:00 am-12:00 am. The first elevator goes up at 8:00 am and the last one goes up at 11:00 pm.
  • Holidays: check  the site for up-to-date holiday hours.

Indicazioni e indirizzo

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

The main entrance is located on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

Public Transportation: Plug your starting address into the correct field for subway, train, walking, biking, or driving directions to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Save on Admission Tickets with a New York City Explorer Pass

Remember, the New York City Explorer Pass® is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes Empire State Building tickets, plus admission to your choice of other top attractions.

Save up to 50% on top museums, tours, and activities vs. paying at the gate. Visit multiple New York City attractions for one low price.

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  1. Mary dice

    Thank you so much for this detailed information and guide for the Top of the Rock. I find it very helpful and look forward to following your great advice.

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