Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center is a national historic landmark in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Home to Top of the Rock Observation Deck, NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall and much more. Shop, dine and explore at one of New York's most inspiring locations.
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Neighborhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 47–50 Sts – Rockefeller Center • 3 min walk
  • 5th Ave / 53rd St • 5 min walk
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  • tropnevad68
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Top of the Rock experience
    We got entry via GoCity app and just popped in as we were walking passed - no real queueing and visit was well organised. The top was not too busy despite it being mid-afternoon over the Easter weekend. Lots of room at the top and got some great views across Manhattan
    We're so glad you a smooth visit! Thanks for taking the time to leave this review and we hope to welcome you back soon.
    Written April 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Cornwallgurl
    Gunnislake, United Kingdom196 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art Deco splendour
    This was the free bit that made the trip up the Top of the Rock worth while. Magnificent Art Deco architecture, with fine accompanying murals and statuary and a small, but attractive water garden, well planted. (Noticeable how much less floriferous New York is than London).
    Thank you for spending some time with us and leaving this lovely review! We hope to welcome you back soon!
    Written May 9, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 8, 2023
  • colby101105
    California276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant location to sit and relax and grab a bite to eat.
    Just a beautiful place to sit and relax as you are a block or two off the hustle and bustle of Times Square. During the winter, this is where the giant Christmas Tree and ice skating are located. In the summer, the ice rink is converted to a roller rink. ( about 45-70$ to rent skates and time in the rink ) Fun to just grab a soft drink or food from the food court located on the rink level - and people watch .
    Thank you for leaving this wonderful review! We're so glad you enjoy spending time at Rockefeller Center and we hope you visit us again soon.
    Written July 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • jgbtravels
    Louisville, Kentucky3,733 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic and not to be missed.
    As folks who come to New York a number of times and stay at a hotel nearby a visit to Rockefeller Center is always a must. You don’t have to look hard to find a great photo opportunity. It’s an iconic spot no one visiting New York should ever miss, it’s beautiful in any season but a couple of visits around the holidays were incredibly breathtaking. Who can resist the decorations snd the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Of course I stopped in FAO Swartz for a bit of nostalgia. Who could resist, right?
    We're so glad you took the time to visit us! Thank you for taking the time to leave this thoughtful review and we hope to welcome you back next time you are in town.
    Written July 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,098 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Urban Design at Its Best
    Each time I am in NY I make a visit to the Rock. This is urban design at its best. Everything is so harmonious in design, the buildings, the fountains, the art and sculpture. And it functions well, as evidenced by the throngs who come here to skate, eat, shop, hang out, plus all of the workers. Manhattan at its best.
    We couldn't agree more! Thank you for this very thoughtful post and we can't wait to welcome you back.
    Written July 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Franziska K
    Mulhouse, France134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views.
    Amazing views. No waiting at all, but make sure to go there early in the morning (we went there at 10am). Would recommend Rockefeller observation deck instead of Empire State Building (only half the price, less people, great views to Central Park and Empire State Building).
    Thank you for this wonderful review! Excellent advice for future visitors, as well. We hope to welcome you back soon!
    Written August 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rockefeller Center!
    Well worth a visit if in NYC. We took a leisurely stroll around the Rockefeller Center whilst visiting 'Top Of The Rock' observatory deck. (see separate review) Beautiful Art Deco, history, architecture, murals and water feature/garden. Tastefully presented with great photo opportunities.
    Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had a great time at Rockefeller Center. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written August 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Craig E
    Manchester, United Kingdom1,779 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best views of NY
    Of all the observation decks in New York this one has by far the best views from the top. The view over Central Park is perfect. Highly recommend if visiting NY. Unlike the Empire State Building, the process to get to the top here is very efficient and slick.
    Thank you for this excellent review! We're so glad you enjoyed the views and like our processes. Come back soon!
    Written November 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • MurrayElliot
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the top, but make sure you invest in the express pass
    Long queues to get into the Rock, but the express pass got us in and up to the top in minutes. So glad we didn't have to queue otherwise we'd have missed the sunset! Definitely worth the extra investment. Elevator was fast, the view from the top magnificent, if a little busy, especially on the topmost terrace. People rather rude, but that's just humans for you. Ice rink at the bottom was open, a beautiful sight all in all.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Thank you for leaving this review and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
    Written November 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Written October 25, 2023
  • NikaNumber1
    Royal Oak, Michigan6,598 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The rink is up for the holiday season
    The rink is ready and the Christmas market huts are up as well. The holiday season is starting up in the big Apple. I always think of all of the famous movies with the Rockefeller center and rink in many RomCom scenes. The rink and center is animated and packed today. It looks nice even during the day here today.
    Thank you for this lovely review, it reads like a beautiful poem! Visit us often this holiday season.
    Written November 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
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Greg Harris
Bronx, NY1,605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
The Rockefeller Center is undoubtedly a top New York City awe inspiring destination that will leave its visitors enthralled and mesmerized and one in which entice you to visit again, again and again!!!

In December of 2020, I brought my wife and myself to the Rockefeller Center to celebrate our Happy Four Engagement Anniversary, and we had an absolute amazing experience during our visit.

During our time there, we saw and were dazzled by the beautiful Channel Gardens, and had the chance to take great pictures of the infamous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

My wife and I also visited and shopped at many of the great stores at the Rockefeller Center such as Anthropologie, a popular and well-regarded American clothing retailer.

My wife and I also took part in the Rockefeller Center Tour, and thus able to learn about the rich and storied history of this famous National Historic Landmark as well as learned about its famous builder, John D. Rockefeller Jr. a prominent 20th Century financier and philanthropist and son of John D. Rockefeller Sr, the founder of Standard Oil.

Both my wife and I thank our tour guide, Jacob for giving us a wonderful tour experience. Jacob did a great job in detailing the great cultural and historic importance of the Rockefeller Center, noted the Center’s major tenants and owner, Tishman Speyer, and highlighted the Center’s famous Art Deco architectural style. Jacob also showed us the Center’s major attractions such as the Ice Rink and the Statue of Atlas on fifth avenue.

Following our tour, my wife and I also went and enjoyed our visit to the Top Of The Rock attraction.
Our Top Of The Rock experience was amazing because we had the chance to see and take pictures of New York City’s majestic city skyline, and other major landmarks such as Central Park, the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center. The
Rockefeller Center’s professional photographer also took wonderful pictures which featured both me and my wife during our Top Of The Rock trip.

All in all, both my wife and I very much enjoyed celebrating our Happy Four Your Engagement Anniversary at the Rockefeller Center, and we definitely recommend for all domestic and international travelers to visit and sightsee this iconic New York destination!!!
Written December 7, 2020
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k8rew
Liverpool, UK343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visited over a couple of days whilst in NYC first day was to see the ice rink and to get an idea of crowds and tickets etc so we could return. We also took advantage of the coffee shops here to get in and get warm.
We returned early the following day, the weather forecast was good for going to the TOTR and we paid our $40 fee after waiting in line for 10 minutes and them we were off in the lift (an experience in itself)
The view from the top as you can imagine was fantastic, we loved seeing Central Park from up there. Even though it was quite busy it did not feel overcrowded and we had plenty of space for photos and selfies.
The only downside was the cost of their own photographs they take of you on the steel beam, at 2 images for $34 I thought this was expensive, why do they need to do this?
This is a must do when in NYC and I am glad we did.
Written February 6, 2020
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Janaaa_Z
Trier, Germany20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I would recommend everyone visiting NYC for the first time to rather visit the Rockefeller Center because it has an amazing view on top of the Empire state building. The negative aspect lies in the intensely high priced tickets, but won't differ from the Empire State building. Definitely recommend of going on top as it is one of the bucket lists items that needs to be done!
Written May 17, 2021
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DJ_MC202
Kaysville, UT152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited specifically for the Radio City Stage door tour (which I reviewed separately) and then visited the shopping mall associated with Rockefeller Center. The buildings and public area are stunning and beautiful. The shopping was fun but kind of what to be expected from NYC. Not a huge fan of NBC TV but there is a large story with all manner of NBC stuff as well as several other fun store in the large mall. Really just soaking in the area that is Rockefeller Center is worth the visit.
Written January 23, 2020
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Sachin0408
Bengaluru, India938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was in my list of places to visit this New Year when I was in NYC. A decade ago when I was here i did Staten Island, Empire Estate and the Central Park. This time I wanted to focus on UN Headquarters, Rockefeller Centre, Grand Central, Times Square, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge.

I am a lazy tourist. I spend lot of time when I visit any tourist place admiring the view and let the feeling sink in even if that means I need to come back to the city again and again for other attractions. I know I am yet to visit Queens, Long Island and other famous museums But then teres always a next time - Isn't it?

I was at the Rockefeller for close to 2 hours. I started with Saks Fifth Avenue than I did the St. Patrick's Cathedral and finally the RFC. The crowd that gathered for ice skating outside was so much yet so orgnaized. The giant Christmas Tree was so well decorated and the Top of the Rock and its view - Spellbinding. All in all a spot to revisit again on my next visit.
Written February 29, 2020
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Lane the English traveller
Huddersfield, UK569 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We went here on an evening visit and it just became uncomfortable. Far too many people. Everyone push and shove and not thinking about other people. My wife wanted to leave as it made her uncomfortable. I quickly took some photos of each level whilst she sat on a bench and then we left. We wouldn't go again. OWO and Empire State Building are much better at organising people and not letting it get crowded. I just felt it was a money thing at TOTR. We were even sent away first time and told to come back later to make a booking. So then we didnt travel far as we didnt want to miss a chance to book a slot. I think I'm being generous giving it a 4 out if 5. The view is fantastic though. Maybe that's why. But it isnt worth being a sardine.
Written May 22, 2020
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yvonnedp
Atlanta, GA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
So I got to see THE CHRISTMAS TREE!!! WOW! The crowd around it was electrifying but everyone seemed focused on just taking it all in and making it through to their ultimate destinations. Ours was to get to the theater because we had tickets to see the Rockettes! This time I DID play the "age card" and avoided waiting in that long line but was ushered in to sit and wait in the lounge until my show time. The show itself was two hours of nonstop singing and dancing and high kicking!!! No intermission! Another experience that lived up to my expectations! Very exciting and enjoyable! Don't miss it next time you're in New York at Christmastime! I made a special trip to New York just to do all these activities! So glad I came!
Written January 15, 2020
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S M
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
It was my guy’s first trip to NYC and We happened to wander by top of the rock and the doorman asked us if we were interested in seeing the view so we decided to take a chance and do it! The staff were all so courteous and diligent about keeping the guests safe and the place clean. There were not a lot of people when we visited so we ended up staying from 5:30-7 and found a nice bench to sit and relax on and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city. Also, the breeze was nice, the sun not too hot, and i felt comfortable in my mask with the pleasant breeze. I’m so glad we did this because normally it’s so crazy busy but it was perfect and I felt completely safe.
Written September 8, 2020
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holidayhoney65
Chessington, UK1,192 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We visited the Rockefeller Centre both day and night. I have given an average revue as the magic of the place is taken away by the overcrowding

Night
We visited the Rockefeller Plaza at night to see the tree, the crowds were insane and I have to say a little unnerving. At one point there were barriers put across the street to keep the crowds in one area which I didn't understand as when you had seen the tree you wanted to walk away and get out of the crowd but we couldn't and everyone was stuck for quite sometime, finally people pushed the barriers out of the way and the crowd moved. If it is like that every night around Christmas I would avoid going again and especially if I had children with me.
The tree however was spectacular, beautiful and did not disappoint

Day
A lot less crowded during the day around the tree area but off course the lights do not look as pretty but at least you could get close enough to see the tree and the ice rink
We also passed through the centre inside so we could go to Top Of The Rock. This I would recommend booking in advance as even trying to book the morning of that day all the slots where booked and we had to book for the next day.
I have to say inside the Rockefeller building on the ground level it is also chaotic, understaffed and hot and the que from the ladies toilets was out the door and a long way from the toilet entrance so don't get caught short.
We did visit The Top Of The Rock which was awesome and so well done but I will review that under Top Of The Rock.
Written December 31, 2022
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Thank you for the review. We appreciate you braving the crowds during the holiday season to spend some time with us. Definitely great advice for future visitors who want to see the tree.
Written January 6, 2023
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OrpingtonGuy
Bromley, UK200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited the rockafella most nights on a evening walk every night it was very very busy. We didn’t ice skate because of the $48 dollar per a person price tag. If you go inside the shops aren’t as amazing as it sounds was great to use amazon go shop you scan your app pick up your shopping walls out and your charged I couldn’t believe how it knew what you bought.
Written January 1, 2020
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