There’s a little known saying about New York City: To really see it you have to leave it – or at least rise above it. At Top of the Rock you’ll be elevated to 70 stories, and given advantageous views of many of New York City’s most iconic attractions, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, the Chrysler Building, East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. From your perch, immersive in panoramic views stretching for miles across Manhattan. Simply spectacular, New York City has never looked better.

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View of the Empire State Building from Top of the Rock

To make the most of your trip to the Top of the Rock NYC , I’m here to answer your questions and give you a head start on your visit.

p1090558 (2)When should I visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck?
Personally, I think no time is better than dusk. Arrive in time to see the city in sunlight, then watch as the sunsets and the lights of the city sparkle. You really get to see it all if you time it right. My second choice is any time after dark, as the view of the Empire State Building is the best in the city.

Should I reserve Top of the Rock tickets in advance?
I’m a planner, so yes. Plus, tickets for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck are timed so you can choose to pick the perfect time for your visit. This ticket is ideal as you get to skip the ticket lines (for purchase and redemption) and head straight to the top. If you’re unsure of the exact time of your visit, you can still reserve a ticket and then redeem it for the time of your choice upon arrival. Note that you most likely will be given a time several hours away, so don’t plan on going at the time of redemption unless it’s the slow season. I recommend redeeming your voucher in advance of your actual desired time to have the best experience.

p1090618Price: Adult (13-61): $27, Senior (62+): $25, Child (6-11): $17

The Sun and Stars tickets let you visit twice in one day ($40/Adult, $22 Child), and for just $11 more you can add a 75-minute tour of Rockefeller Center.

When is Top of the Rock open?
The observation deck is open 365 days a year, from 8:30am to midnight. However, the last elevator goes up at 11:00pm so plan accordingly.

Where is Top of the Rock located?
Top of the Rock is literally at the top of 30 Rockefeller Center. Enter on West 50th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues. A ticket counter is located on the bottom level. If you already have tickets (with a specific time), you can skip the line and head straight to the top.

new_york_city_360Is it easy to take the subway to Top of the Rock?
Yes. Don’t be afraid to take the subway in New York City. It’s generally much faster than a Taxi (due to traffic) and a lot less expensive. Plus, it’s part of the NYC experience. The nearest subway is the B, D, F, M lines to 47-50th Street Station. To plan your subway trip, use Hop Stop. It’ll give you the closest station near you, then tell you which line to ride to Rockefeller Center.

How long should I plan for my visit?
Plan for about an hour at the top. You’ll want plenty of times to take photos, enjoy the view and see the sights from both the observation deck and the open-air top.

Where are the best picturing taking spots?
For the best photos, be sure to visit the open-air top deck. There are no security fences or windows here, so there is nothing to obstruct your lens.

Have any more questions about visiting Top of the Rock? Feel free to ask in the comments.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting New York City to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.