Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York City

Get above many of Manhattan's high-rises at Top of the Rock Observation Deck, 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 Observation Deck and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Without a doubt the Top of the Rock has the best view of NYC. I recommend go day to appreciate both the view of Central Park and the Empire State Building. Keep in mind that there are usually enough waiting.
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  • Top of the Rock was amazing. We had already pre boiked and paid before our arrival in New York so we picked which dayvof our trip to go. We used the hop on hop off bus to get to the Rockefella buildin...  more »
  • ... and the reason I say that is because you get to see the Empire State in all it's glory making for wonderful photos of manhattan from the top. Only unfortunate thing is that you can't get a good sh...  more »
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  • If you are visiting New York City this is a must! Top of the Rock is an amazing place to go and see the beautiful city at any time of the day. I went at night and It was absolutely amazing. I went during the first week of November and it was grey and misty during the day so I decided to go at night and I was happy I did! It was clear and the line wasn’t too long to get to the top. There is about 3 different levels in seeing the view at Top of the Rock. At first you can see the city inside or go outside with glass panels in front of you. Then you can go to the next level where you can see the city with out the glass panels and you can see the city clearly (perfect for taking photos) then you can go even higher to the very top of the Rockefeller center and see the amazing views 360 degrees. Honestly it was amazing! There was even a room that lit up different colors when movement or sound was in the room. Really cool. Definitely must see when in new york city!
  • I highly recommend that those visiting Manhattan do the Top of the Rock. The views are the star of the show, but the total experience is just fantastic. Start with the people here who are so friendly and pleasant whether they are at the ticket counter, guiding the crowds or selling souvenir photos. The building itself has an incredible story, such as how it was built during the Depression, described in panels and in brief movies you can watch while waiting to ride the elevators up (even the elevators are part of the show). There are three decks at the top, two which let you choose to be in or outdoors. Outdoors you can point your phone through the gaps in the glass panels for clear shots. Deck two has an interactive light room which kids may enjoy more than the views. Look for the narrow stairway leading from deck two to the very upper deck if you want the most spectacular panoramas. Sunset is the best time to visit but prepare to deal with a crowd of equally excited visitors all trying to get the best snaps. At night, the lights of the city around Christmas are particularly fabulous. Anywhere you look you will have incredible views of Manhattan and her landmarks and the surrounding city. And if you visit the Top of the Rock every time you get to Manhattan, then it is astonishing to see how New York City continues to evolve over time.
  • Stunning night views from Top of The Rock in December 2017! Before arriving on the 1st observation deck we had no idea we could actually access another two above all within our standard ticket (unlike the Empire State Building). It was great to see the city lit up at night, especially over the Christmas season when you could also make out some trees on the ground below! You could also make out the Statue of Liberty & Central Park even though it was nearly pitch black - I'd definitely want to return and experience the amazing views in daylight to see the difference it makes!
  • Great views of the city from all the sides. Probably the best observation deck considering you get to see both the empire state building, and one world Trade Center which is not possible if you go their observation decks instead. Also has open area which allows for great photos. Best time to go would be slightly before sunset so can see the city in daylight and night. There is no limit for how long you can stay up there.
  • This is probably the best Observation deck in New York... first of all you get the famous view of both the World Trade Center and Empire State Building... and there is far more space outside (unlike the World Trade Center) ... 3 levels of open air standing on the roof, and unlike the Empire State Building only glass obstructing your view, not a cage... there’s also almost head sized gaps in the glass making it really easy to see all the way down Manhattan... one of the most stunning views of South North East and West that’s amazing all the year round... with inside areas, shops and seating it’s great. You buy in 30 Rock on 50th Street, Including tax, it’s $37 and well worth it. Before you go up there’s a small wall through museum and film detailing the history of Rockefeller Center with interviews from David Rockefeller Jr, that in winter also has special emphasis on the Christmas tree. All in all if you only have time for one Observation deck, make it this one!

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