Top of the Rock
at Rockefeller Center

The Top of the Rock is an observation area that occupies the top three floors of the GE ("30 Rock") Building in Rockefeller Center.

30 Rock at Rockefeller Center

Compelling Views

The Top of the Rock might be less famous than the Empire State Building, but at 850 feet above street level, it too offers compelling bird's eye views of the city and is a not-to-be-overlooked tourist attraction.

Its location in upper Midtown Manhattan allows for first-rate views of Central Park to the north and the Empire State Building to the south.

Feel Like You're on Top of the World

The 67th and 69th floor observation decks have transparent safety glass instead of railings. The safety glass is easy to look through and cuts down on the wind, which can be strong this high in the air.

The 70th floor, which is set back from the 69th floor, is an open-air viewing area with no tall barriers or obstructions. There is no time limit for how long visitors can stay.

Top of the Rock View
Central Park and Upper Manhattan to the North

View from Top of the Rock
Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan to the South

Big View, Small Hassle

Because it’s a less popular attraction (for now) than the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock has smaller crowds to deal with. It’s also a great place for photographing the Empire State Building or taking your picture with the famous building in the background.

Need help deciding on the best vantage point to view the city?

For a fair comparison of the two most popular spots, see
Empire State Building vs. Top of the Rock.

Essential Tourist Information

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $29
  • Child (6-12): $18

Online Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online in advance or upon arrival. You can save time and hassle by purchasing tickets online beforehand.

Interested in combo tickets? Here are some options worth looking into:

Observatory Hours

  • Open every day, 365 days a year
  • 8 am to midnight, last elevator goes up at 11 pm


The Top of the Rock is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

  • By subway, take the F, M, B, or D trains to 47th-50th Street/Rockefeller Center or take the E or M trains to the 5th Avenue/53rd Street station.
  • Enter at the main entrance on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

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