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Visit to the Top of the Rock in New York: How to get there, prices and advice


One of the things that most fascinate about New York is the incredible skyline, with the skyscrapers that follow one after the other and light up the streets of the city as the sun goes down. Everyone dreams of being in front of the New York skyline at least once.

Among the different viewing terraces, the Top of The Rock is definitely a must see on a trip to the Big Apple! From here you can take the famous souvenir photo of the city from above with the Empire State Building in the foreground. Here is all the useful information for you to organize your visit to the Top of the Rock,



Index

  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Hours and prices
  3. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  4. What to see and how to visit Top of the Rock
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: located in Rockefeller Plaza, in the heart of Midtown; walkable to Times Square (600m, 8mins), Empire State Building (1,5km, 20mins) and Central Park South Entrance (1km, 13mins) - Get Directions
  • By bus: easily accessible from anywhere in Manhattan; nearest stops 5 Av / W 50 St (bus M2, M3 and M5) and West 50 St & 6 Avenue (bus M50); single ticket cost $ 2,75 (€ 2,45)
  • By metro: easily accessible by metro; nearest stops 49 St Subway Station (400 m, 5 min; yellow lines N, Q, R and W) and 51 St Station (750 m, 11 min; green lines 4 and 6); single ticket cost $ 2,75 (€ 2,45)

Hours and prices

  • every day 8: 00-23: 45, last admission 45 min before closing
  • Best time to avoid queues: early in the morning when opening or at lunchtime. The busiest time is sunset
  • $ 38,00 (€ 32,10) / sunset visit additional cost of $ 10,00 (€ 8,50) / VIP access $ 75,00 (€ 63,30)
  • Reductions: children 6-12 years $ 32,00 (€ 27,00), over 62 $ 36,00 (€ 30,40)
  • Free: children up to 6 years

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit Top of the Rock

The Top of The Rock is probably theNew York's most famous observatory! It is from its terraces, in fact, that the famous photo of the New York skyline is taken, with the Empire State Building in the foreground.

The skyscraper is located in Rockefeller Plaza, but the main entrance is located on 50th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Once you pass the checks, you can access to three panoramic terraces on three different levels! Of these three, the highest is completely open. Before arriving at the three terraces, however, there are other levels that you can visit with your tickets:



  • Mezzanine Exhibit: exhibition with all the info on the Rockefeller Center and the Top of The Rock, to learn about its history through documents and photos
  • theater: before going up to the terraces, here you can see a short video presentation of the Rockefeller Center and its history
  • Observers: there are three, located on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors and are both internal and external. From here you can enjoy a 360 ° view across New York

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 8:00 am;
  2. Buy the city card: If you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can purchase the NYC Explorer Pass or the New York CityPASS and save on admissions
  3. Online ticket: online ticket purchase with flexible date is recommended, in order to be able to cope with potential delays or setbacks
  4. Priority ticket: buy the VIP Access ticket with priority entrance to avoid the endless queues / $ 75,00 (€ 63,30)
  5. Watch out for restrictions: no food allowed (water in plastic bottles allowed); it is forbidden to bring personal accessories and cameras, for dedicated or professional shooting, ask for authorization first;
  6. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of one hour for the visit
  7. Terrace: in case of strong thunderstorms, the outdoor panoramic terraces may be closed, so check the time of the day of your visit and the official website for possible communications about it
  8. Accessibilità: The Top of The Rock is also accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, to guarantee everyone a visit. As soon as you arrive, contact the staff at the entrance

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The works for the construction of the Top of The Rock began in 1931, following the project of the architect Raymond Hood. The works were very fast, in fact the skyscraper was inaugurated in 1933. And right here, during construction, the famous black and white photo entitled Lunch atop a skyscraper was taken, where you can see some workers having lunch seated on a suspended beam, below them the void.

What makes the visit even more beautiful and unique is the fact that the Top Of The Rock is included in the Rockefeller Center complex, which includes 19 buildings, including television studios, offices, restaurants and much more. This place is also famous because here, during the Christmas period, theignition of the big and famous tree of Rockefeller Plaza, about 25 meters high. Also, a large ice rink is built in winter!



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