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“Absolutely Stunning”

Top of the Rock Observation Deck
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Owner description: Top of the Rock Observation Deck, the newly opened, 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, is New York City's most amazing attraction! The unforgettable experience includes a panoramic 360-degree, unobstructed view from the 70th floor observatory, 850 feet in the sky! Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - Midnight, last elevator goes up at 11:00 PM.Main entrance is located on 50th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues.
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Absolutely Stunning”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

I can't believe Top of the Rock isn't more widely known. I was rather surprised when people told me they've never heard of it. The view on top is absolutely breathtaking. You have a 360 degree view of the entire city from three different observation decks. The first two decks have glass paneling but the third deck gives you an unobstructed view of the Big Apple with just a four foot wall to keep you from falling. It was magnificent to be parallel from the Empire State Building at night. The lights glisten in the background creating the most magical backdrop for pictures you could ever imagine.

I do suggest buying a timed entry ticket. They are sold in fifteen minute intervals, I believe. We bought tickets for 8:15-8:30pm for a Friday night (this is just for entry, not the time you spend on the deck itself), but were let in about ten minutes earlier. There were virtually no lines at all. A thirty second wait greeted us at the security line and a five minute wait after that for the elevator. The only problem I had with TOTR was that once you pass security, there's a seemingly mandatory line for pictures. We had a hard time finding a way to pass this line (as the line is the only way to make it to the elevator hallway), but a huge group of people decided to walk past the photo zone and we quickly followed. The elevator ride was about forty seconds long and was quite beautiful. It is made of glass so you can see all the floors you go up. Once you step in, the elevator immediately dims in lighting and a video plays on the roof. Before you know it, you're already on the 86th floor, ready to see NYC!

I could tell you about the views and sights, but highly suggest you see it for yourself. You can spend as much time as you want up there, no one rushes you. Besides the occasional over-enthusiastic tourist that obscures your view and shoves a camera at you for pictures, our trip was perfect. At around 8:45, the third observation deck had about twenty people total. It was quiet and we had the view almost all to ourselves. I cannot begin to tell you how perfect that was.

The line for the elevators back down took about 15 minutes, as everyone was ready to leave, but there were still bustles of people entering the observatories. Do yourself a favor and take a trip to Top of the Rock if you're deciding between Empire State and TOTR. It was absolutely stunning.

Visited August 2013
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Caracas, Venezuela
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“Romantic place”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Its very good to visit just when the daylight is almos over. You can take great pictures of the city. The observation desk its open and by far better than the empire state

Visited August 2013
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Stratford, UK
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“brilliant on top of the rock”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Rock is well worth the $. Much cheaper than Empire
State; you go higher, see more, and the ticket is more flexible too! And you get to SEE the ESB.

Visited August 2013
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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“...."going up!"”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Top of the Rock ( Rockerfeller Center) was the last stop on a bus tour. Our guide got the tickets. They are TIMED. Once you go in you are directed to the elevators passing a long, dazzling chandelier. The operator tells you the elevator ceiling is glass in case a person has height fear like my sister. Once the elevator starts it goes dark and lights come on in the shaft and words like a mini show. Very cool! Then you are there. A mini shop for souveniers and a bank of windows. Your heart beats faster as you gaze at the Empire State building. Not enough, go through a set of doors. Outside! Large "glass" partitions separate you from the world. Beautiful view all around. Snap photos! THen there is another TOP level upstairs. Are you ready?

Visited July 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very Nice Tour”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

I didn't dislike anything. Our guide, Christine, was lovely. The tour was very professional, informative and interesting. Tours like this can sometimes be difficult if there are too many people in the group and if the guide is constantly shouting instructions. This is not at all like that; the group maybe consisted of ten people, the guide uses a microphone into headphones so there is no shouting, but the best part is the smooth transition between each point of interest. I would recommend the tour if you want to know a lot more about Rockefeller and New York.

Visited August 2013
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