Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York
600 5th Ave, New York City, New York 10111| Map |
Rockefeller Center or Rockefeller Plaza is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
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The viewing platform from the top of 30 Rockefellar Plaza is now known as the "Top of the Rock". Though not as high, its a much better viewing experience than the top of the Empire State Building because you can SEE the Empire State Bldg. Also affords better, closer views of Central Park. Best of all, you can see the Statue of Liberty, so if you do 30 Rock first, you can show the kids where you are going next!
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Reserve your time in advance at www.topoftherocknyc.com and skip right to the front of the line!
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On my one and only trip to NYC, this was my request. I just had to stop here and stare in the middle of February with the temperature hovering at about 4 degrees. I can't ice skate but it was fun watching everyone else. There is something so iconic about this landmark in New York. Let's be honest, almost everything New York could be considered a la...
We did everything here this past weekend. The skating was wonderful with only a short wait. Very well organized and we got to see the tree being setup by the crews. Now I know why people come here, it is massive. We hit many of the stores and shops nearby and found all of the staff to be extraordinarily helpful. So helpful in fact...
If you are going to New York in the winter, this is an obvious must see. It is ALWAYS packed. No matter what. I went on a day during a huge snow storm and you could barely walk outside, and it was still crazy. The Christmas tree is beautiful to see lit up, and the ice skaters are fun to watch. I decided not to go ice skating since it costs around $30 for like half an hour, and the rink is smaller then my local one which you can get in for under ten dollars including skate rentals. And there are kids flying everywhere, people falling, accidents happening, so I prefer to just watch. If you've never been to the city or haven't seen the Times Square/surrounding areas, this is a must see. There are lots of fun sh...
Is it a tourist trap? Most definitely. But being a tourist and a big 30 Rock fan - I just simply had to go (I say again, but going as a kid doesn't really count). There's a lot of things going on in and around Rockefeller. I think the most conjured up thought would be the ice skating rink and big christmas tree (winter months only, duh). The main draw is probably all the shops (the Lego one is awesome since they have a replica Rockefeller Center and various other Lego statues inside) and "Top of the Rock" where you can go to top of the building to get a great view of NYC. While not as, historically speaking, grand as the Empire State building the line is MUCH shorter. You can purchase tickets online or on th...