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Top of the Rock: So much more than the views

One World Trade Center might offer New York's highest observation deck, but the city's most beloved views can be seen from the Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building. Both offer their own Art Deco charm, but here's what else Top of the Rock's got!

A three-story deck

The Top of the Rock observation deck spans three stories, with each adding its own unique touches to the views over Central Park and the Empire State Building!


In line with J.D. Rockefeller Jr.'s patronage of the arts, the views aren't all there is to see at the top! Currently featured is the dazzling "Radiance Wall" created by Swarovski.

The way up

The doors close and the lights go dim. Suddenly the top clears to reveal the inner workings of the dramatically lit elevator shaft as you hurtle upwards! The way down's great too!


Visiting with kids? Be sure to check out Top of the Rock's Breezeway attraction. They'll have great fun changing the colors of the room with their every move!

One of Manhattan's liveliest locations

Hands down the best reason to visit the Top of the Rock is the hub of culture swimming at its feet. The Rockefeller Center is a must-do on any New York tourist itinerary!

Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open daily from 8AM till midnight. The last elevator to the top departs at 11PM.

How much does it cost?

Ticket prices start at $30 for adults, with concessions for children and seniors. Tickets are available to buy at the entrance, but book online to avoid the lines.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    8:00AM - Midnight
  • What is the price?
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessarily
  • How to get there
    Take the subway to any number of stops around Rockefeller Center, located between 5th and 6th Ave.
  • Additional tips
    It's highly recommended you book online to avoid long ticket lines!

What People Are Saying About Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Too early to start the tour. Weather was very cold 43°

Start time was too early. Didn't have time for coffee or breakfast, then guide was 30 minutes late. It was a walking tour, however guide had leg in cast from knee down. Wasn't given but 1 bathroom break, or anytime to get water or coffee. Couldn't hear her. Had no microphone like other guides. Felt rused. Though tour was at nbc, but was only there for a short time.

The bus tours were great-guides fun and helpful.

Busses were good, but some of the headphones/audio didn't work. Guides fun and informative.
New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 10/06/2016

Great guide full of information and interesting facts.

Best way to see the big apple. Traffic is crazy in the city so walking is better with use of the subway.
New York City Tour by Public Transit with Private Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/23/2016

Perfect way to see as much if NYC as possible.

Clean buses, easy check in, very informative tour guide. What's not to like? Another great day out thanks to GetYourGuide.
New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/01/2016

City Explorer Pass, easy to order, easy to change Attractions ticket.

In New York, easy to take subway, you can go to Battery Park , pick your boarding pass Ferry ticket to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum. You should to know which subway line take you to right place. Google map will help you. Central Park is good place for walk.
New York City Explorer Pass Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/18/2016

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