Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
4.5
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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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Neighbourhood: 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 heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the 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 25 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 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 9 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 8 May 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 8 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • jgbtravels
    Louisville, Kentucky3,728 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 22 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,081 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 30 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 27 July 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 7 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 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 30 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 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 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 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 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 25 October 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 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
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El
United Kingdom11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was one of my favourite things I experienced during my time in New York. There was a only short wait for the lift (which was interactive - a really nice touch) and the views from around the building were incredible!
Written 9 April 2024
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We're thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful experience during your visit to our building! Our team works hard to provide interactive and memorable experiences for our guests. Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback with us. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Written 12 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Rockefeller Center is a complex that includes 19 buildings and covers several blocks in Midtown Manhattan with "30 Rock" being the central focus. Built in the 1930s by the Rockefeller family, it is an Art Deco masterpiece. Inside is the NBC studios where the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live are filmed. Top of the Rock is the observation deck on top of 30 Rock. The views are amazing and while the historic skyscraper is not as famous or as attractive as the Empire State Building, I would argue that the views are better including the incredible unobstructed view of the Empire State Building when looking south. This is also where you fill find iconic Rockefeller Plaza with the outdoor skating rink and Christmas tree during the winter months.
Written 2 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed and positive review of Rockefeller Center! We're thrilled to hear about your wonderful experience and that you enjoyed the amazing views from Top of the Rock. We hope to welcome you back soon for more memorable moments at this iconic landmark.
Written 4 April 2024
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Travel25346533585
168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The complex is impressive. Incredible views from the top. In Decmeber a Famous Christmas Tree. Rockefeller Center is a Major New York Landmark.
Written 29 March 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback with us! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the impressive complex and incredible views from the top. We hope you had a wonderful time experiencing the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written 1 April 2024
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Christopher R
Baltimore, MD16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was a lifetime dream that came true thanks to my son who had never skated before. He really wanted to do it, so we did. It was my first time skating in 20ish years and it all slowly came back to me. Evan fell a lot but was a trooper and kept getting up and eventually started to listen to suggestions from us. It really was very fun, not crowded at all, and they played great music. Thankfully they had skates to rent, and free lockers for your shoes. That's all that is free, because for the three of us to skate for an hour cost just over $150, they have you over a barrel, and it hurt but it was an event I'll always have.
Written 29 March 2024
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Christopher, we are thrilled to hear that you and your son had such a memorable experience at our skating rink! We appreciate your positive feedback on the atmosphere, music, and rental services. We understand your concern about pricing and will take your feedback into consideration for future improvements. Thank you for choosing us for this special moment!
Written 1 April 2024
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mick B
125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fun place to visit with great shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. Also the i erink is nice to watch people and kill some time.
Written 25 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found our neighborhood to be fun with great shops and restaurants. We're glad you were able to relax and people-watch by the Rink. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!
Written 28 March 2024
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ddfg
glasgow160 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Avoid at all costs if you value your time and want to see more of New York than the queue for the lift down.

Been waiting almost an hour, no staff to be seen and when you do see one they are as much use as an ash tray on a motorbike.

If a masked man held me hostage for this long I'd be phoning the cops.
Written 1 March 2024
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Hi there, we are truly sorry to hear about your negative experience. Your feedback is important to us and we will address the issues you mentioned with our team to ensure this doesn't happen again. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
Written 7 March 2024
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Hgtravl
Marlton, NJ1,714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful & historic! It’s not a trip to NYC without seeing Rockefeller!

Things to check out:
- the actual building itself is beautiful from the outside
- The ice skating ring is iconic.
- check out inside the plaza! Lots of places to eat & shop out if you take the steps downstairs.
- check out the amazing “Chip City” cookie shop downstairs pushing out some of the BEST warm, fresh cookies!
- enjoy the scenery
Written 28 February 2024
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Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Rockefeller Center. We're glad you were able to experience the beauty of the building, the iconic ice skating rink, and all the great dining and shopping options inside the plaza. We hope to welcome you back again soon to enjoy more of the amazing scenery and treats like the delicious cookies at Chip City!
Written 7 March 2024
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Ali Pickering
Shropshire, UK216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great views
Shame about the staff they were so rude
I would recommend pre booking we didn't as it said it wasn't necessary
We had to wait over an hour

View was stunning at night so worth a visit
Written 18 February 2024
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We apologize for the experience you had with our staff. Your feedback is valuable to us and we will address the issue with our team. We appreciate your recommendation to pre-book and are glad you enjoyed the stunning views at night. Thank you for choosing us.
Written 7 March 2024
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THH-2
London, UK65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Only knocked one star off because it was pretty pricey but it was so much fun!

There was music, lights being projected onto the ice, it wasn’t too busy and overall a great atmosphere.

You can only got down to get your skates 5-10 mins before your slot then there are lockers to put your shoes and belongings into (combination lock so no coins required).

It was really mild when we were skating but the ice was cleaned regularly so it never got too slushy or wet.

You get given a coloured sticker which shows which skating slot you’re in and when your time is up your sticker colour gets called off the ice.

Overall well organised and a family with two young children we would 100% do again!
Written 11 February 2024
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Hi there, thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great time at our ice skating rink. Your feedback about the atmosphere, cleanliness, and organization is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back again soon!
Written 7 March 2024
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Stefan C
Dulles, VA160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent one hour walking tour with a very engaging and clever guide. He pointed out many interesting sites that we never would have noticed on our own, and kept up a constant patter as we walked the streets. The headsets made it possible to hear him clearly. (English only). At the end of the tour we were able to buy tickets separately to go to the top of 30 rock, which was excellent as well. We highly recommend this tour.
Written 10 February 2024
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We are thrilled to hear about your positive experience on our walking tour, Stefan! Our team takes pride in providing engaging and informative tours for our customers. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the guide's commentary and found the headsets helpful. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you on another tour soon!
Written 7 March 2024
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