Top of the Rock

Views to the north from The Top of The Rock

What about that - this is looking to the north from the The Top of The Rock
What about that - this is looking to the north from the The Top of The Rock

Top of the Rock in New York City


The Top of the Rock is an attraction in New York City that gives you some fantastic views of Manhattan Island. The “rock” isn’t a large natural stone structure in the very heart of New York City – it’s short for the Rockefeller Center.

Built in 1933 by John D. Rockefeller, the skyscraper’s observation deck was closed in the 1980’s – but re-opened in 2005. The Top of the Rock is included in the New York Pass, and that’s what we used to gain entry to this attraction.

Visit to the Top of the Rock


The Top of the Rock opens at 8am, which suited our family (mum, dad and two children). Most attractions seem to open at 10am, and we like to get to them first thing to avoid the queues! So the plan was to visit the Top of the Rock before breakfast.

Our family arrived at 8am – and, as expected, we were queue free. We caught the glass ceilinged elevator (oh yes, glass ceiling – I felt like Bruce Willis in Die Hard). Being deposited on the first observation deck. The joy of getting to the Top of the Rock so early is that you can wander around and see the sights without getting in anybody’s way (or them getting in your way!)

The sights are incredible. With good views all around; from the financial district in the south, and up past Central Park in the north. It’s worth going for a look.

views to the south from the Top of the Rock

Views to the south of New York City from the Top of The Rock
Views to the south of New York City from the Top of The Rock

Any Advice


Go Early! That’s the one piece of advice I’d give you. Things were getting busier as we came back round about 10am. And as the Top of the Rock opens at 8am, you can do this before heading off for the rest of your day.

There weren’t any problems taking the children to the Top of the Rock either – so definitely somewhere to take the family if you’re ever passing through New York City.

Top of the Rock in New York City!

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point2make 4 years ago

Wow...what great views. I haven't been to the "rock" yet. Walked past it a few times but now, thanks to you hub, I'll give it a try. Thanks for the excellent tip.


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Julester 4 years ago from England Author

No problems - hope you get a good day for it. The views are fantastic. There's more space on the observation deck than the "Empire State Buliding", which we found very cramped. More coming up on the Empire State Building soon...

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