Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/250 sec at f/2.8, ISO 5000

Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/250 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/250 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/400 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

Tourist taking photos on top of the Rockefeller Center

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/250 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/400 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100

Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/250 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

Man taking photo on mobile phone

Man taking photo on mobile phone

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/400 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

Rockerfeller Centre

Rockerfeller Centre

Above: Pentax 645Z, 55mm,  1/250 sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

 

Oh my the views from the top of the Rockefeller Center are immense! When we were planning our trip this was one of the first things added to our schedule. We did this one morning and the Empire State Building at night time which worked really well. The views from both are similar as they are quite close together so doing one in daylight and one at night meant we saw the New York City in two different light (literally).

The Top of the Rock Observation Desk sits at the top of the Rockefeller Center on the 70th floor, offering stunning views. The lift to the top floor takes 60 seconds and is a real treat as the ceiling of the elevator puts on an animated show, you hardly notice how fast you are going up!

Paying for tickets was easy, there's a choice of ticket booths and self service payment machines, which we used with no problem. There's also a selection of shops and restrooms (all air conditioned and with free wifi) to enjoy on your visit. 

Top Tips

Head straight to the top viewing level first, resisting the temptation to explore the lower two levels (which is hard as you have to walk out on the 2nd level to access the third).  It's worth doing it this way round - there are 3 viewing levels and the first two have a glass screen around them. We spent ages fannying about trying to squeeze camera lenses through the small gaps between these glass panels to get a good photo only to find that the 3rd level doesn't have the glass sections at all and makes taking photos really easy. It was less busy than the first two levels when we visited (maybe because like us, everyone was concentrating on trying to get a good photo on the first two!)

In the Summer months when the weather is really hot it's best to avoid the hottest time of day, the 12-2pm slot as there's limited indoor shade at the top and it does get very hot indeed.

Head to the lower floor to grab a drink and enjoy the super fast free wifi and air con.

Handy Info

Official Rockefeller Center website

Location
30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY
Entrance on 50th Street
between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
212.698.2000

Opening Hours
Daily from 8am - Midnight
Last elevator goes up at 11pm

Ticket Prices
Tickets start at $30 for adults,
Tickets start at $24 for children 6-12 years of age
Tickets start at $28 for seniors

Social sharing

If you do visit, tag your images with #TopoftheRock on Instagram for a chance to be featured on the official Rockefeller Center website.


Photographs

All photos taken with a Pentax 645Z and 55mm lens which was kindly loaned to me for my trip to New York by Calumet's Rental department. Any post-process editing was done in Lightroom using VSCO presets.

Annie Spratt16 Comments