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Top of the Rock, New York City

Observation Deck · Lookout
Get above many of Manhattan's high-rises at Top of the Rock, with an unobstructed, 360-degree view from the 70th floor. You can also gaze far and wide from protected outdoor terraces on the 67th and 69th floors. After a renovation that kept it closed for several years, the deck reopened in 2005. Designed to resemble an ocean liner's deck, the observation deck offers a bird's-eye view of many of the city's iconic buildings. A timed entry system helps keep the lines shorter and the experience less crowded than at other viewing platforms in the city. Save even more time by purchasing your tickets online. Take a look at our New York City attractions planner to schedule your visit to Top of the Rock and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I think the location of this observation deck is the best in NYC in my opinion. From one direction you get front row seats to the Empire State Building and Times Square (including the Times Square...  more »
  • My 3 granddaughters, 17,15,13 went into the beautiful entry hall for Top of the Rock. The host told us there was zero visibility at the top. I greatly appreciated his honesty before we paid for the....  more »
  • One of the few tourist sites in NYC that are truly worth the considerable price. Situated in the center of midtown, the view is far more impressive and immersive than what is offered from downtown  more »
  • What an amazing experience! We decided to book Top of the Rock instead of trying to get into Times Square on New Year's Eve. We went on New Year's Day. It was pretty tame, despite being a hallmark day. The view was absolutely incredible. You could see all the way to the top of Central Park, all the way down the the Statue of Liberty. The height of the building made it seem like Central park was tiny. You could look down between the gaps of the building and it made the cars and people look comically small. We bought the VIP pass - which is definitely worth considering over the general pass. They don't treat "VIP" lightly. As soon as we let he doorman know we had a VIP pass, he moved us quickly past the crowded line and we were the first on the elevator. The elevator makes the 80-something story ride look like light work. We were up there for a good two hours, and we weren't asked for our pass or bothered once, as the VIP pass enabled us to come and go as we pleased. Would recommend the experience.
  • Amazing views that can only be experienced in person to fully appreciate and grasp. It's a whole different world in the city when you are viewing it from on top of the building! This view gives you a much better idea of how grand this city is. It also helps get you oriented a bit seeing the whole city laid out from a birds eye's view. I've never seen so many buildings crammed into a city and still maintain a level of beauty and organization. Well done, New York City!!!
  • By far, the best views of NYC! This is a must if you’re visiting NY. Pics of NYC look better with the Empire State Building in them than from there. One World Trade Center is taller but it’s so far away. Here you have a Great view of the whole skyline and Central Park. I recommend going an hour or two before sunset so you can see the city in the day, at sunset and at night. All three views are amazing.
  • This is a lovely space to have a nice view of the city, but you need to make sure you come on a day the weather is great, otherwise you can even hardly see the empire state building which is just 15 blocks away. I was there taking photos for my wedding, and we did have some nice shots. Facing the north is the central park, it looks good of the view, but not very nice on the photo... I would prefer the standard city skyline view on the south...
  • Had a great time at the top taking pictures. We got a great view of New York City at night. For a first timer it was great and a must see. Make sure to have your camera ready to record when you're going up the elevator. Also, as we entered a photographer took our picture but it would have been nice if we were told why we were taking the picture so we could have posed for the pictures. They would have come out better. We were wondering why one of the other photographs had people doing weird stuff now we know.

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