Visiting the Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Last Updated on November 8, 2020

When you’re in Gotham, checking out the top New York attractions is a must, especially for the best views. NYC’s scenic skyline outlooks can really take your breath away, and we definitely had that feeling as we stood in awe at the views surrounding the Top of the Rock observation deck. Rockfeller Center is a NYC landmark, fondly known for its outdoor skating rink, also home to NBC Studios (you can also take a tour) and tourist favorite Radio City Music Hall.

Originally opened to the public in 1933, the observation deck at Rockefeller Center was closed to the public in 1986. It was later restored and improved, and was reopened to the public in November 2005. The sights from the Top Of The Rock offer 360 degree views of the New York City skyline, including fantastic views of Central Park among the concrete jungle, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, as well as the Hudson and East Rivers.

We were blessed with fantastic sunshine and blue skies while we were in NYC. When you’re looking for a city view like this, keep in mind that the views are best when the day is clear; we highly recommend going on the first clear day of your trip. The views will blow your mind! Also, make sure you dress for the weather. On the observation deck, you’ll find it chillier than it is at street level.

We loved that the tickets were timed; it helped keep the crowds and keep the wait time to a minimum. It was still pretty busy when we went, but it takes around a half hour to go through the process of elevator rides and airport style security. We walked right up and got tickets that were valid a short ten minutes later, but keep in mind that during peak times like summer, that likely won’t happen.

These views blew our minds and it felt so unreal standing before such a massive cityscape:

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Observation Decks

Floor Details
Floor 67 The most crowded floor with big glass windows
Floor 69 Take the stairs from the 67th floor
Floor 70 You need to take another staircase to get here.  Least congested floor and has the best views. You’ll enjoy unobstructed views of Manhattan without the big glass windows.

The decks are on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors, reaching 850 feet above street level at the top deck.  The elevator takes you up to to the first observation deck on the 67th floor only.

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We loved having our CityPass to check out all of NYC’s top attractions, including Top of the Rock. It is a great pass because you can save 40% or more on New York’s 6 best attractions with CityPASS and be able to see it all.  If you just showed up at the attraction and bought your full-priced admission though, the rates when we went were as follows (standard pass):

Adults – $36
Child (6-12 years old) – $30
Seniors – $34

Once you’re at the top, you’re able to stay for as long as you would like. We were on our way to the Yankees Vs. Blue Jays game so we were not able to spend quite as much time as we would have liked. We would definitely recommend to plan for at least an hour to take your time at the different viewpoint angles and get all the photos your heart desires.

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We just had Jacob with us on this trip, since he is still breastfeeding. It was a nice little break and the girls had some bonding time with family.

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It was unreal standing there. Just unreal.

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The views were absolutely spectacular and left us in awe time and time again. It was a great way to get a good look at the Empire State building from another angle. The cityscape view felt like it went on for miles and miles.

 

Where is one of the best cityscape views you have witnessed? What is your favourite NYC viewpoint?

 

Disclaimer: Our visit to Top of the Rock was sponsored by CityPASS, but as always, our opinions are our own.