Top of the Rock
Perched 70 stories above Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock Observation Deck offers 3-floors of panoramic, 360-degree views unequaled anywhere else in NYC. Explore the architecture and landmarks by day or sunset, or become memorized by the lights of the 'city that never sleeps'.
What you’ll do
There are three levels of observation decks to explore at Top of the Rock. The first deck includes the Radiance Wall and our gift shop. The second, featuring the Breezeway, is entirely outdoors. The third observation deck, located on the 70th floor open-air roof deck, is completely outdoors and free of a glass enclosure, making it perfect for photos.From the mezzanine exhibit, to the elevator ride, to the interactive Breezeway, there’s a lot to see on your way to the Top. Explore what you’ll see leading up to the view:
- Joie Chandelier: Comprising 14,000 crystals, the Joie Chandelier was specially crafted by Swarovski for Top of the Rock. It’s the largest of its kind, soaring three stories above the Grand Atrium Lobby. Tip: If you look at the chandelier upside down, you’ll see it’s in the shape of 30 Rock.
- Mezzanine Exhibit: After passing through a security screening, make your way through the mezzanine, filled with interesting information about Rockefeller Center, including photos and artifacts. Here you’ll learn all about John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the creation of Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock.
- Beam Walk: Everyone has seen the iconic image of construction workers eating lunch on a steel beam high above the city. But did you know it was taken here? Walk in their footsteps on the interactive Beam Walk and pause for your tribute photo. Tip: Pick up last-minute souvenirs in one of our three gift shops!
- Theatre: Before getting on the Sky Shuttle to the Top, you’ll briefly stop in the theatre to view a short video presentation about the history of NBC and Rockefeller Center.
- Sky Shuttle: It takes less than a minute, but it’s an elevator ride to remember. You’ll be traveling up to 850 feet (260 meters) above street level. Tip: Be sure to look up.
- Radiance Wall: Created by Swarovski and comprised of breathtaking glass panels, blown glass, crystal clusters, and fiber-optic lighting, the Radiance Wall is one of a kind. Tip: Look closely for tiny animals and crystal figurines hidden within the wall.
- Breezeway: This one’s a favorite for kids and adults alike. Step into a room with a mind of its own. Upon entering, you’ll be assigned a color that will follow your every step throughout the room.
- Indoor & Outdoor Viewing: Enjoy unobstructed views on the 67th and 69th floors, and on the 70th floor open-air roof deck. The 70th floor has no glass or metal enclosures, making it perfect for photos.
Plan your visit
There’s no place like Top of the Rock. Whether you come to Top of the Rock to discover the rich history of New York, or to bask in the beauty of the city, you group will marvel at the world’s capital of commerce from 70 stories high. In addition to the view, the glittering installations by Swarovski and the rich history of John D. Rockefeller’s commercial and civic contributions will surely impress. All groups at Top of the Rock enjoy a dedicated entrance, reserved ticket times, and a VIP ambassador to greet them upon arrival.
Reservations and ticketing are fast and easy. We offer special discounted pricing to any group of 20 or more guests. Call 212-698-2000 or email [email protected] for more information on rates and reservations.
Where is it
Whether you’re traveling from near or far, once you are in Manhattan, we recommend you travel by foot or by MTA NYC Transit.
- B D F M TRAINS: Take the B, D, F, or M train to the 47th-50th Street Rockefeller Center stop.
- 1 TRAIN: Take the 1 train to the 50th Street stop and walk east on 50th Street to Rockefeller Center between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
- 6 TRAIN: Take the 6 train to the 51st Street stop and walk west on 50th Street to Rockefeller Center between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
- N Q R TRAINS: Take the N, Q, or R train to the 49th Street stop and walk east on 49th Street to Rockefeller Center between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
- Fifth Avenue (going south) or Madison Avenue (going north): Take the M1, M2, M3, M4 or M5 bus to 50th Street. Buses run north and south.
- From Broadway: Take the M7 bus. Exit at 50th Street and walk east to Rockefeller Center. Buses run north and south.
- From 49th and 50th streets: Take the M50 bus. Exit between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. Buses run east and west.
- The main entrance to Top of the Rock is located on 50th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Look for the big red carpet marking the entrance on the south side of the street.
- A second entrance is located on the Concourse level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Hours & Schedule
We’re open from 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. The first elevator goes up at 8am, the last one at 11pm. Hours of operation may vary on holidays.
Holiday Hours of Operation
- Thanksgiving, November 28: 8am-Midnight
- Christmas Eve, December 24: 8am-10pm
- Christmas Day, December 25: 8am-Midnight
- New Year’s Eve, December 31: 8am-10pm
- New Year’s Day, January 1: 10am-12:30am
Top of the Rock is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, regardless of weather conditions. In the case of inclement weather, portions of the deck may be closed for safety reasons. Guests will be advised about weather conditions and visibility prior to entry.
Things to keep in mind
- There is a security checkpoint for all visitors. Be mindful of the belongings you choose to bring with you. No weapons of any kind (this includes, but is not limited to: knives of any kind, including pen knives, small pocket knives, Swiss army knives, switchblades, lighters, glass bottles, and flammable substances). Food and beverages are also not permitted.
- Top of the Rock and the Rockefeller Center Tour are wheelchair accessible. All entrances are accessible and power-assist doors are located at the main entrance on 50th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
- Everyone is welcome to join the Rockefeller Center Tour. Our guides are trained to accommodate anyone in need by leading the tour through wheelchair accessible routes at an appropriate speed.
- Elevators are available on all floors of Top of the Rock, from street level up to the open air viewing deck on the 70th floor.
- All public restrooms at Top of the Rock have designated wheelchair accessible stalls.
- For all short films played during the Top of the Rock experience, printed transcripts are available upon request from any Top of the Rock staff.
- All visitors participating in the Rockefeller Center Tours are given a personal headset with a closed-circuit connection for optimal audio clarity. Our guides are trained to speak at an appropriate volume and speed upon request.
- Service dogs are welcome in all public areas of Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center.
- Strollers are permitted. However, they must be collapsible.