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Top of the Rock: Tickets and Tours

Elevate your Rockefeller Center experience with a breathtaking view of New York City from the Top of the Rock Observatory. Hop onboard the elevator, zoom up to the 70th floor and admire the best view in all of NYC. The views are spectacular and provide photo-ops of the Big Apple skyline, including the Empire State Building and Central Park.

Daytime, sunset or at nighttime - anytime is the right time to visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Get a million-dollar-view of NYC and come back home with stunning pictures.

How much do Top of the Rock tickets cost?

Find below all the different types of Rock of the Rock tickets.

Top of the Rock standard ticket

This ticket takes you 70 floors up to your choice of one of three observation decks and sweeping 360-degree views of the NYC landscape.

  • Adult: US$ 38
  • Senior (62+): US$ 36
  • Child (6-12): US$ 32
  • Under Age 6: FREE

Add US$ 10 if you wish to visit during sunset time.

Top of the Rock VIP Access ticket

The VIP pass provides immediate entry to the observation decks and let you skip the line.

  • All Ages: US$ 75

Rockefeller Center Tour

The guided tour lets you explore the iconic Rockefeller Center by foot with a historian guide.

  • All Ages: US$ 25

How do you book Top of the Rock tickets online?

Top of the Rock tickets are available online through the official website and online travel agencies such as Viator, Headout and Getyourguide. It is a good idea to considering purchasing tickets beforehand to secure your spot, especially if you want a guided tour or tickets for sunset time.

Are there any combined tickets including Top of the Rock tickets and other attractions in NYC?

There are currently a few ways to combine Top of the Rock tickets with other attractions in New York City, including:

  • Top of the Rock + City Bus: The hop-on, hop-off bus package allows you  to board and depart whenever you please to see important landmarks and  attractions in New York City.
  • Top of the Rock + Central Park + Times Square: Reserve a horse carriage ride to leisurely appreciate some of the most impressive sights in the Big Apple. Then venture up 70  stories to Top of the Rock!
  • Top of the Rock + Harbor Cruise:  See the popular attractions of Manhattan, including Top of the Rock,  before or after you take a cruise on the Hudson River.
  • Top  of the Rock + Grand Central Station + 42nd Street: Get an insider’s look  at some of the most iconic attractions in New York City, including  venues on 42nd Street.

What will I see?

Top of the Rock Observatory is part of Rockefeller Center in NYC. 30  Rockefeller Plaza is an Art Deco skyscraper that was built in 1933 and originally called the RCA Building. The landmark is often shortened to 30 Rock and includes the headquarters for NBC. If you are food lover, don't miss the Rainbow Room restaurant, another famous place located inside the building.

30 Rock stands 850 feet high and is among the tallest skyscrapers in New York  City. Its observation deck, Top of the Rock, competes with other observation decks in the area, including the Empire State Building Observatory and One World Observatory.

The Top of  the Rock Observatory is a combination of indoor and outdoor decks on the 68th, 69th, and 70th floors of the building. The deck is designed to resemble an ocean liner. Visitors will appreciate its world-class views of the NYC skyline.

Visitors cherish panoramic views of the city as the  building sits a little further away from other skyscrapers compared to the Empire State Building. The 30 Rock observation deck best highlights the impressive scope of Central Park.

Before you reach the top decks, the mezzanine level includes the brilliant Joei Chandelier along with exhibits regarding the history of Rockefeller Center.

Are Top of the Rock tickets included in any attractions city passes?

Yes, there are several NYC City Passes worth considering. Right now,  Rockefeller Center is currently running a special with New York CityPASS. The package allows you to save as much as 44% off box office prices by seeing multiple attractions during a certain amount of days.

There are other city passes to consider, including the New York Pass, NYC Explorer Pass, and Sightseeing Pass. All three passes currently include entry to Top of the Rock among the other NYC attractions. However, you will still need to select an anticipated time you plan to arrive at Top of the Rock beforehand.

What is the best time to visit Top of the Rock? How to avoid the crowd?

Crowds generally build as the day goes along. Traditionally, the busiest times at Top of the Rock are late afternoon. You can avoid the crowds by arriving at Rockefeller Center as early as possible, from the hours of 8 - 10 am. Top of the Rock is also open late, so visits after 10 pm don’t have a ton of crowds yet are not always accommodating for visitors with children.

What are Top of the Rock in NYC opening hours?

Top of the Rock Observatory at Rockefeller Center is open seven days a week. The regular observatory hours are 8 am to 12 am. Please note that hours can vary on holidays, including Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Travel Tips

  • There are two entrances for Top of the Rock: You can find one at the red carpet entrance on 50th Street. The other entrance is at the concourse of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. We suggest the entrance on 50th Street.
  • Consider the anticipated forecast. Top of the Rock Observatory remains open regardless; however, your views are not nearly as good when it is cloudy or foggy. Plan by checking the weather and anticipate afternoon storms by arriving earlier in the day.
  • Make sure you visit the mezzanine level exhibit beforehand. Rockefeller Center does not allow patrons to return to the mezzanine after reaching the observatory, so if you want to see both exhibits make sure you see the mezzanine level first.