Crowning the GE Building high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock offers visitors breathtaking, unobstructed views on the observation deck’s three different levels on the on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors. First opened in 1931, and reopened again in 2005 after a 20 year shutdown, the indoor and outdoor observations decks offer unparalleled views of the city.
While not as high as the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock may actually offer better vistas with smaller crowds and less waiting thanks to timed tickets. From this lookout point, Central Park is laid out right in front of you. And you’ll enjoy postcard perfect views of a New York icon that can’t be seen from atop the Empire State Building… which is the Empire State Building, of course!
High-speed elevators with glass ceilings flashing images of the past highlight the illuminated elevator shaft. There are interactive exhibits on the mezzanine which also maintains the 1930’s cruise ship feel it originally had when it originally ope
Top of the Rock – Trip Tips
Taking a ride to the Top of the Rock is just one of many fun things you can do when visiting NYC and Rockefeller Center. Here are a few things to keep in mind before your visit:
- Give yourself at least one hour to enjoy the views at Top of the Rock, including the the round-trip ride.
- What’s the best time to visit Top of the Rock? Any time is a good time. But the views are most stunning 1-1.5 hours before sunset (aka “golden hour”), which is when the vast skyline can be observed in three different stages of light: dusk, sunset and nightfall.
- Since there are both indoor and outdoor viewing areas, you can enjoy the vistas at Top of the Rock regardless of the temperature outside.