The Rockefeller Center or ‘The Rock’ as locals often call her is an urban complex of 19 buildings at the heart of Manhattan. On your New York holiday there is much to do and see around the Rockefeller Center so plan to spend a few hours in the area. ‘The Rock’ was the dream of John Rockefeller Jr. and provided work for 250,000 men during the depression and was still being extended into the 1970’s.

The most famous building is the elongated ziggurat GE Building (better known as the RCA Building). You can soar 70 floors high and experience 3 Observation Decks with unobstructed 360º city views from the ‘Top of the Rock’. From the green expanse of Central Park to the thrilling city skyline, nowhere else can you see New York so spectacularly.

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The Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens offer visitors an urban oasis from the stone and concrete of the city. Whether you take a casual walk or sit quietly on a bench, you’ll enjoy a welcome abundance of greenery and water pools.

The lower Plaza is a restaurant from Spring to Autumn and is the entrance to a complete underground city experience. The network of walkways connects every building in the Center and with its range of shopping, fast food and finer restaurants for entertainment, you’ll find countless ways to wander and explore.

Disabled Access varies you can easily get to the ‘Top of the Rock’ but gaining access to the lower Plaza and navigating around underground can be more challenging.

One of the best times to visit the Rockefeller Center is winter with its large Christmas Tree and 20,000 lights and the lower Plaza is turned into an ice rink. Here you’ll find city visitors and locals swirling and twirling, with the bustling crowds and sparkling lights as a unique urban backdrop, a truly magical experience.

Tip. If you have limited time the views from the ‘Top of the Rock’ are fantastic and as tickets give you timed entrance there is not the queues which you may experience at the Empire State Building

Night-time view of the Rockefeller Center taken on a city break to New York

Rockefeller Center at night

Information

  • West 48th to West 51st Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
  • Free walking-tour brochure from the main information desk
  • Tickets to the ‘Top of the Rock’ from booths around the Plaza
  • Open daily 8:00am – Midnight
  • Adults $27
  • Seniors (over 62) $25
  • Children (6 – 12) $17
  • Top Restaurants including Pulse Restaurant & Bar, The Sea Grill, Rock Center Cafe and many more

Good Disabled Access