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.


0 replies on “ Things to do in New York: See the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center ”
  1. Stunning views Annie. We never went up the Rockefeller Center – the queues were too long so we abandoned ship. At least now I know what I was missing out on. It would be really cool if that outdoor viewing platform had a clear floor don’t you think? Or is that just my inner dare devil talking?

    1. That would totally freak me out and excite me in equal measures!
      We were lucky in that the schools had gone back when we visited and it was a weekday. We didn’t queue at all luckily 🙂

  2. Oh my, great photos, I’ve always wanted to go to New York! Ohh how good is that camera. I love how you process and edit photos Annie, they really do represent you…

  3. I am in love with the pictures that camera takes, incredible! Many moons ago, in pre-mobile phone days, I remember phoning my Dad from the top of that building, to say hello (from a payphone!). It was still night there and he wasn’t impressed! 😀

  4. Visiting the Rockefeller Center is on my must do list, especially at Christmas – I want to stand at the bottom of their Christmas tree in awe of it all

  5. I absolutely loved seeing your New York photos on instagram and these don’t disappoint either. You are one talented lady. I have been to New York twice and absolutely love it. Would love to go with my girls one day and see what it is like for families with young children. x

  6. I’ve never had an interest in New York or the United States at all. I think I’m more of a Europe girl, but I have loved your photos so much that I really want to go now. It looks amazing and so so vibrant and full of life.

  7. This was my favourite thing to do when we were last there. Every time I see Central Park, I’m like WTF?! It defies belief. A park that immense in the middle of a city? It’s almost like a mirage. We had a bit of a strange experience when we were there as we think they mistook Paul for somebody famous because they whisked us out of the queue in to a private lift and gave us a special tour separate from all of the other visitors. They kept calling him Sir and being quite deferential. We didn’t dare ask who they thought he was but we couldn’t stop laughing.

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