I have only been to New York twice and even if it was more I would still consider myself a tourist. There is so much to see that you know doubt will find things you haven’t done before and going to the top of the Rockefeller Center or ‘Top of the Rock’ was one of those things that I can now cross off. I have been to the top of the Empire State Building but never the Rockefeller Center and now that have I would definitely recommend it. Just like in Paris when I went up to the top of the Montparnasse Tower I was able to get a view of the Eiffel Tower instead of being on it and this is the same for the Rockefeller, you can see the Empire State Building in all it’s glory, as well as fantastic views over Central Park, the city and beyond.
Here are my tips if you are planning a visit to the Top of the Rock.
WHEN TO VISIT
I booked tickets for us to visit at sunset, so being May this was at around 8-8.30pm. You can check when the sunset will be when you visit using this handy sunrise/sunset guide online I found. Our tickets were booked for the 7.30pm-7.45pm entrance and this was plenty time to get in, go through security and get to see each different level. As everyone wants those picture perfect views and pictures, it is extremely busy and so I highly recommend booking ahead. However this time is perfect as you get to see New York whilst it’s still daylight and when it gets dark. It also gives you plenty time to have a whole day of exploring and shopping etc, so in turn I felt like we had plenty time to stay at the top without rushing.
Definitely book in advance. You have to choose your day and time, but to see the sunset over New York City, it’s totally worth it.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you arrive at the Rockefeller Center, the entrance for the Observation Deck are at the two sides of the building. Don’t arrive too early before your entry time as you will only get told to politely go away. Once through the entrance, you will be taken up in a lift to the security floor and then once through security there is a small queue to get into the lifts to the top.
There are numerous floors, one inside, one with more glass round it and the best floor is the very top which I recommend definitely going to. This is where you will get your money shot and be able to capture the City so well without glass blocking your view. As I said at this time it can be extremely busy and full of selfie sticks, so just be patient and you will be able to get to the front of the crowd and get your picture.
WHAT TO BRING
Camera – There are of course amazing photo opportunities at the top; the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center, the Chrysler and Central Park. I used my Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm kit lens for these pictures
Comfortable Shoes – Wear something your comfortable in on your feet, there are a few stairs at the very top and you could be standing waiting in the queue.
Quarters – For the binoculars!
Your love for NYC!
I am so glad we visited Top of the Rock, it was an amazing experience and watching the sunset over New York is one view I will never forget.