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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  • The viewpoint is open air, ay Crystals that make wall, I got a full day to see all the green in Central Park, is worth visiting it.
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  • It is worth climbing, has great views of New York. Great views from all places. I recommend removing entry before to avoid the tail, especially if one goes on season of low temperatures.
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  • To take the best photos of the Empire State and Central Park, it is best to go here. You can buy the ticket online with time (for upload). It is best to climb before the sunset and waiting the sunset above... then illuminates the city and you can make some wonderful photos!
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  • 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!
  • Stunning stunning views. Book a slot around sunset to see New York transitioning into night. 360 degree views with inside and outside places to take photos. It was absolutely freezing but worth it. Unfortunately there was some construction going on near the Central Park side so the view was partially obstructed by a crane. On the Empire State side, watching the transition and sunset was beautiful. It's busy but with 3 floors you will definitely find a prime location easily to take photos.

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