Top of the Rock
Views to the north from 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
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.