Top of the Rock, New York City

Get above many of Manhattan's high-rises at Top of the Rock, with an unobstructed, 360-degree view from the 70th floor. You can also gaze far and wide from protected outdoor terraces on the 67th and 69th floors. After a renovation that kept it closed for several years, the deck reopened in 2005. Designed to resemble an ocean liner's deck, the observation deck offers a bird's-eye view of many of the city's iconic buildings. A timed entry system helps keep the lines shorter and the experience less crowded than at other viewing platforms in the city. Save even more time by purchasing your tickets online. Take a look at our New York City attractions planner to schedule your visit to Top of the Rock and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Excellent views esp at night. Not for those with vertigo though as safety screens are transparent top to bottom. Queues moved fairly quick and staff nice and efficient. Def worth a visit. I bought a C...  more »
  • The views were amazing. The thing about going up the empire state building is that you can't see it, and it is more interesting to look at then the Rockefeller building. In addition to the beautiful v...  more »
  • We went to this and Empire State building. Top of the Rock has much better views and a much better experience! Staff was amazing and helpful, and the design of their tour and scheduling makes it easy ...  more »
  • My daughter and i agree, this view was superb! It gave you the iconic New York look, with the Empire State Building in the background. You could also see Central Park very nicely. We had gone to Empire earlier, but loved Top of the Rock. I felt more comfortable at Top of the Rock as well. There were three levels of viewing, all worth taking a look. My knee was giving me trouble on this trip. The stairs that I needed to walk to get to each level weren't a problem at all. Very good time.
  • Excellent 360 degree city views We were on a four day three night tour of NYC so were obviously limited in what we would have time to see. We decided to try Top of the Rock and were glad we did. It gives wonderful views of the city and an excellent bird's eye view of the tourist map that we had. Also an excellent view of the Empire State Building. The trip up and down is well organized and those working there were pleasant and helpful. There are several levels upon reaching the 'top' with the very top views being unobstructed. An amazing close up view of the Big Apple for this small town boy from the heartland.
  • This was a great experience we chose in place of the Empire State Building at the promise of a much shorter line. It delivered, and we had virtually no weight on a Sunday at 1030am in early July. The views are fantastic, and we enjoyed a great vista of NYC, Statue of Liberty, etc. With that said, $111 for a family of four to ride an elevator 70 floors up on an office building? Very steep. The photos and souvenirs were also overpriced. Still, as tourists we were happy to pay and don't have any regrets.
  • Incredible views! The best time to go is before sunset, which consequently is the most popular time to go too! You’ll get stunning views of everything NYC has to offer from the Empire State Building, to Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn in the distance. It’s stunning in the sunlight but when the sun goes down the city that never sleeps comes to life, illuminated with all the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the minute traffic 1000’s of feet below your view. If you’re in NYC this is something not to be missed.
  • The best Observatory of New York City. Fall in love with this wonderful city by going to this Observatory deck. It is the best since, compared to One World Trade Center, you can actually see the Central Park. Compared to the Empire State Observatory, you can see the actual Empire State, which does not happen if you go to the Empire State Observatory. Also, you have several levels, were you can decide where to go or to go to all of them. A huge gift shop is also provided. The views are spectacular! You can see Central Park, the Empire State building, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and even the Statue of Liberty (very tiny, but if you pay attention, you can see it). 100% recommended.

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