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Top of the Rock Tickets

Buy your Top of the Rock tickets before you go to New York. The Top of the Rock observation deck is on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The observation deck offers superb open-air views of New York. Take the lift to the 70th floor to discover the three viewpoints and enjoy the 360 views from the Top of the Rock. On the one side, there is a beautiful view of Central Park and on the other, you’ll see the magnificent 103-story Empire State Building.

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Top of the Rock Tickets

You can order Top of the Rock tickets easily and affordably online through this website. After purchase, you will receive a QR code that you can print or show on your phone at the entrance. You can skip the ticket lines and enter directly during your chosen time slot. It is also possible to visit the Top of the Rock observation deck with every discount pass. If you use one of these passes, you’ll be able to save on the entrance fees.

If you use a discount pass, like the Sightseeing Flex Pass or Explorer Pass, you can visit any time. This is especially handy when you want to keep your schedule flexible. Just go to the Top of the Rock and present your pass at the ticket counter. Do know that it can get busy at the Top of the Rock, so especially during the holidays I would advise buying a timed ticket for the day you’d like to visit.

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View from Top of the Rock

Heading up to the top you can enjoy the mezzanine exposition, a collection of photos and artefacts that tell the fascinating story of the Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center. You’ll have even higher expectations when you’ve seen the exhibition! The ‘ride’ in the lift is spectacular! The lift’s roof is nice, so you can see the lift going up in the lift shaft.

Once at the top, you have a beautiful view over Manhattan, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Queens! From the viewing area, you can see the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Hudson River. You can also see Central Park on the north side and the Empire State Building on the south side! The observation deck has three levels. On the third level, you have an unobstructed view without a glass enclosure, which gives you the opportunity to take great photos.

Eric’s Tip: “I personally think that the view from the Top of the Rock is nicer than the view from the Empire State Building. You are in the middle of Manhattan and the building is a little lower. There are newer buildings that partially block the Central Park view, but the view is still beautiful. If you have the opportunity to visit both Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building though, I highly recommend that you do it. My advice is to visit the Top of the Rock during the day, that way you’ll have the best view of Central Park. If it’s dark the park isn’t clearly visible.”

The Beam Experience

The iconic photograph of 11 workers eating lunch on a steel beam was taken in 1932. The beam was 69 stories high, and the photo was captured during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the building that houses Top of the Rock. You can now follow in the footsteps of those builders in The Beam Experience. Buckle up, rise above the deck and enjoy the views of Central Park. Tickets for The Beam Experience are included in the VIP package.

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Practical Information

  • Location: The Main Entrance is on 50th Street between Fifth and 6th Avenue
  • Opening hours: from 08:00 to 00:00
    • The last elevator goes up 50 minutes before closing time
    • Opening hours may vary during Christmas and New Year’s
  • See pricing details

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Tip: Take the Rockefeller Center Tour

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How much is a Top of the Rock ticket?

You can visit the Top of the Rock from £35. If you want to visit other attractions, read about discount passes.

What time is best to visit Top of the Rock?

I would advise visiting the Top of the Rock during the day. Even better is during sunset, but it can be very busy! Read my tips.

How long can you stay at Top of the Rock?

After entering, you can stay on the observation deck for as long as you want. Book your tickets here.

Is the Top of the Rock worth it?

Yes! During the day, the view you get from Top of the Rock is one of the most iconic in New York.

About the Author

Hey there, I'm Eric! I'm a true New York fan with over 20 years of experience visiting and living in NYC. Here on my website, I share all my tips and valuable information to help you make the most of your trip. I personally test and regularly re-test everything on my site to ensure that what I write is useful, honest, and always up-to-date.
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