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Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York City
Categories: Lookouts, Observation Decks, Tourist Spots
Get above many of Manhattan's high-rises at Top of the Rock Observation Deck, 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. Plan your Top of the Rock Observation Deck visit and explore what else you can see and do in New York City using our New York City itinerary maker.
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After being herded around like animals, queuing for ages (despite pre booking a specific time slot) we finally reached the top where of course there was amazing views but to be honest you get the same... read more »
On entering the Rockefeller Plaza there are no directions where to go to get your tickets. However New York is well rehearsed in providing quality service and the staff everywhere are always available... read more »
This is excellent Try and catch sunset. Really enjoyed this and best view of Empire State and Chrysler building Book as part of a package to skip queue lines
Between the One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building and the Top of The Rock observatories, this one is by far the best. It is an open air observatory where you actually get to be on the top of the building. This is the best observatory to go during night time. The view is stunning! You will feel like you are inside the Blade Runner movie, in fact you will probably see where the makers of that movie got some of their inspiration from for the urban futuristic settings. 360 degree unobstructed view.
It will take you 1+ hours to get to the top, *from your ticket time*. It is an absolute mess of lines, queues, irritating promotional videos, and *waiting*. This is true even late at night. There is also a security gate with an x-ray machine and everything, where they made me toss a pocketknife out. A pocketknife! Come on! That said, the view from up here at night is UNBELIEVABLY BREATHTAKING I CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH, which is why this gets four stars instead of one. There's something primally emotional about feeling the wind on your face from 100 feet up. There are three levels of outdoor decks - go to the third one, there's no glass there. You can see *everything* for miles on a clear night. There's no time limit, either - stay up for as long as you like (then queue endlessly to get back down). They really need to figure out a better way to optimize the line situation, and can the stupid anal-retentive security, but what they're selling is everything they claim it is.
The Top of The Rock is a must-do. The all-directional views from the multiple glass decks are well worth the price. If you are making a reservation online, you can upgrade your ticket to get a viewfinder and a picture taken by staff. I would not suggest upgrading your ticket online; the "picture-taking area" is inside, in front of a fake scene on the wall. You only wait longer if you get the picture taken, while you can take much cooler photos on the observation decks. However, get the viewfinder at the ticket counter; it's only $3 and is very useful in identifying buildings and is a cool souvenir to take home!
I got rejected because I was carrying a pocket knife. I can understand the security issue in such places as the Rockfeller center, but the security superior (or I guess it was him) was very impolite doing so. He told me I couldn't carry a knife, started loking down at me and lecturing me, saying I shouldn't have brought it in the first place and that I had to trash it or return without it. Now I won't say that I wasn't in fault here, but he at least could have been a tad more comprehensive, even to say no. He talked to me like I was a schoolgirl who had done something she didn't understand. It is a small, folding, customized knife. I presented it at the security check (I didn't leave it in my bag to try to make it pass through), like I did in the Empire state building and into the Ground Zero museum. In the Empire state building they put it in a small plastic bag and gave me a ticket to retrieve it at the end of the visit, and in the museum they let me pass through. The whole situation was unnerving and distressful. Fortunately other security men were friendly and smiling and tried to help me out. If it does happen often as I guess so, something should be done about this. Everyone is in the right to carry something for their defense, even tourists, and especially women. Security is indeed an issue nowadays, but there are different scales of security and the individual one was completely neglected here.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a view in midtown. It was great at night and when everything was lit up. You can also see many buildings such as the Empire State Building, 432 Park avenue, the Citigroup Center and the Bank of America tower from relatively close by. I think it is better than the Empire State observatory as you are better surrounded. It's height at 260m is more than enough to see for a long distance anyway.
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