Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Dutchnatasja on June 6, 2006

After the WTC and Empire State Building we wanted to see the view from the Top of the Rock. It was around 11 o'clock when we arrived at the Top of the Rock. It was very quiet at that time. No waiting lines for tickets. We even didn't have to wait at the elevator. In about 10 minutes we were at top of Rockefeller Center.

The first elevator brings you to an exhibition of the history of Rockefeller Center. There’s a timeline with pictures and sounds. There is also a girder to walk over. You can look down and see what the workers saw when they built it. There is perplex floor on either side.

The second elevator brings you to the observation deck. These elevators have a see-through glass roof, it’s an attraction itself. When the elevator is in motion the elevator shaft lights up. It’s fantastic to see. So heads up in the elevator!

First you come at a lower observation deck that’s surrounded by panels of non-reflective safety glass. The view is amazing; especially the view of Central Park. This is something you won’t see when you’re at top of the Empire State Building. You can’t get enough of the view. Wherever you look it’s just beautiful! The second and higher level has no safety glass. The view is getting better and better. I just can’t get enough of the views; it is breathtaking! I highly recommend a visit to Top of the Rock. You won’t be sorry!

For $2 you can buy a brochure that tells you which buildings you are seeing when you’re at the top.

We didn’t buy our tickets through the Internet. If you have tickets in front you must go on the date you selected, whether the weather is good or not. So I prefer to buy my tickets minutes before visiting the Top of the Rock.

We've been on all three observation decks; World Trade Centre, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock. Every building has its unique views. The one I like the most is Top of the Rock, because you have great views of Central Park. Experience it yourself!

8am to midnight
365 days a year
The last elevator is going up at 11pm.

Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York
(212) 698-2000

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