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“Amazing view and a good tour”
Review of Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 1, 2014

After years of visiting Rockefeller Center for the shopping, tree viewing, checking out the NBC Today Show, and watching the ice skating, I finally became a true tourist and did the art and architecture tour with a trip to "Top of the Rock".

The tour has elements of kitsch to it and the guide was a little too hyped up for my liking (although I must confess I am not a tour person), however all things considered he did a good job given the variety of people from different countries and with different language barriers.

The best thing about the tour is that it takes you to parts of Rockefeller Center that you would not normally walk past and gives you a taste of the story behind the art and architecture. What I saw was stunning examples of art deco and it gave me a new historical perspective on the Rockefellers and the building of these remarkable buildings that make up the Center. It had me writing down artist names and googling for more information afterwards.

The trip to the Top of the Rock was excellent. I bypassed the line with the obligatory photo superimposed on the background and was disappointed that they had some great short documentary film options downstairs, but no ability to sit and really enjoy, as there are only bars to lean against whilst people walk past blocking the screen. However, once you get up to the top, the view itself is wonderful and in hindsight I was surprised I had not done it before. You can spend as long as you like, with indoor and outdoor viewing options (although after a snow storm, our outdoor options were somewhat restricted), and some seating areas to just sit and soak it all in.

I also never knew there were so many great food options within Rockefeller itself. Go into the main building and head downstairs - upmarket take out options and good restaurants too.

Thank Iznik8
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Loved skating and going to "The Top of the Rock!" Great photo ops...selfies with me and my son in the setting sun, Lots of fun...and sent post cards, too.

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Rockefeller Centre / Plaza always has something going on during the colder months and if you don't want to stand outside there are plenty of shops and cafes around. The lights on the statue and the fairy lights that decorate he trees coming up to Christmas are wonderful. By day - it doesn't have the same magic - but there is still the Lego shop not far away! Top of the Rock (separate post) is incredible.

Thank Lozfromoz98
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The day I spent in Manhattan was completely rainy, son the underground mall and restaurants there fit perfectly into my schedule. Between ascending to the Top of the Rock, taking the Center's tour, dinning, and shopping, my day was perfectly designed by this city landmark. The location is so central to so many other attractions, that once I finished at Rockefeller only had to short walk to many other important shops and restaurants New York has to offer.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

The top of the rock is well worth a visit! $27 gives you a great view of the city including the Empire State Building - $40 gets you top of the rock and ice skating - so well worth considering the deal!

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