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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  • colby101105
    California286 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, Kentucky4,346 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, California16,230 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, France140 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 Kingdom127 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 Kingdom2,334 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 Kingdom365 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, Michigan8,512 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
  • Kim L
    Wisbech, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    The views from the top were incredible. It was a gorgeous day with bright sun and was very hot for the time of year. I knew we would see the tree lit up but couldn’t even see the tree as all the scaffolding surrounded it.
    Thank you for this fantastic review! We hope to welcome you back soon and you can see the tree without scaffolding!
    Written 27 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great during Christmas!
    Rockefeller Center is a must if you are in the city during Christmas time. Unfortunately the tree wasn’t lit up when I went, but it was still cool to see all of the Christmas decorations and the ice skating rink. Overall, I highly recommend!
    Thank you for recommending! Please come back soon to see the tree lit up!
    Written 27 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 December 2023
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Jane T
Middlesbrough26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Good view. No issues. Good view of Empire State Building and central park.
Visited early in the day, the process and the staff were all friendly and ok.
We all had a good day.
Written 28 May 2024
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soinic
Lux.2,476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is an iconic landmark not to be missed, we "visit" Rockefeller Center each time we are in NYC.

"Free activity"

The "Channel Gardens" are nice to have a look at ...
Written 11 May 2024
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Olivia G
United Kingdom54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great experience, we attended On a rainy day not expecting much of a view due to it been a last minute booking. Even with the rain it had amazing views. There are two viewing floors and you can pay extra to do the famous picture, which we didn’t do due to the weather.

Accessible for wheelchairs and prams, although the toilets in the Rockefeller tower didn’t have changing facilities for babies as the doors where locked to it and knowbody in site to ask to open.

Overall good for the view.
Written 10 May 2024
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Berti H
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We went to the Top of the Rock and it was just incredible. We choose a near-sunset timeslot and waiting for it to ve dark so we could take photos during daylight and night as well. It was a bit crowded, but the view is just breathtaking.
Written 9 May 2024
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TravelNerd
Tirana, Albania63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Probably it's at its most beautiful during Xmas and when I went the whole thing was still locked so did not get to experience much.
Written 2 May 2024
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Randall
West Des Moines, IA102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Walked around to see the sights both inside and outside. Got some bagels inside that were delicious. Next time I’m in town, will need to explore more.
Written 26 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the delicious bagels during your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to explore more of what we have to offer next time you're in town.
Written 29 April 2024
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Kaan Kuskonmaz
Istanbul, Türkiye284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It's one of the tallest building reaching to the sky in Manhattan. Everybody can remember the ice rink in front of the building from movies :) Next time I visit NYC, I'll be climbing up to Top of The Rock.
Written 23 April 2024
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Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our iconic building in Manhattan. We can't wait to welcome you back and see you at the Top of The Rock next time you're in NYC!
Written 25 April 2024
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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, MN5,126 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
893 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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