Rockefeller Center, New York City

4.5
Dive into New York City’s rich history with a tour of landmark Rockefeller Center. Sprawling over 9 hectares (22 acres) of midtown Manhattan, the 19-building complex is home to some of the city’s most important financial and commercial headquarters. Take a guided tour of the complex to learn about the Rockefeller family and the center's remarkable architecture, or get a behind-the-scenes look at NBC Studios, where the Today Show and other programs are filmed. Head 70 floors up to the Top of the Rock observation deck to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Make Rockefeller Center part of your personalized New York City itinerary using our New York City vacation builder tool .
Create an itinerary including Rockefeller Center
map
Rockefeller Center Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
20,382 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • We mainly went here to see the huge Christmas tree. Very beautiful. Rock Center Cafe - too expensive for what you get - size and quality. There is shopping there that many might enjoy. I wasn’t there ...  more »
  • I was impressed with the Organization and cleanliness of this tourist spot, the view from the Observatory is beautiful and all access is very organized.
    View original
  • wonderful skating rink, Gandhi, clean, neat, and it is recommended to go with the kids because there is a giant lego Shop 4 pianiiiii
    View original
Google
  • BETTER THAN EMPIRE! We went here yesterday and was a really great experience. In my opinion, as you can see I prefer this to empire. One of the main reasons is, because you can see the Empire! Not fair on the empire experience I know but is the most iconic part of the skyline. On Top Of The Rock you get 3 different viewing platforms. Recommend going to the top, it may be cold but well worth it!
  • Amazing! Beautiful piece of architecture and culture. Learning about the rich historical background is amazing and seeing what went into making this building is so well done. Top of the Rock is a MUST for anyone visiting. The view is truly a sight to behold. There are several levels and different views and angles you can take a picture from. It does get cold on top so bring a jacket in the summer and warm coat in the winter. The view is still spectacular in the winter too. It does cost money to get a ticket to go to the top, but it is well worth it. You will need to select a time slot to go up when you purchase your ticket and won't be let in unless it is your time. Attendants in the Rock are friendly and helpful. Super busy around the holiday season, especially with the tree at the Rock and the skating. Skating is expensive and unless you truly love skating or want to skate with tons of people I would recommend it. If you are going to the top of the rock I would recommend going right before sunset and then waiting till the sun has set so you see the view with the city lights.
  • Rockefeller Center is especially beautiful during the holidays. With its festive decorations, and its outdoor ice skating just off one of its entrances, surrounded by additional buildings, it stands out among the many historical buildings in Manhattan. The building also features an observatory deck that offers its unique view of Manhattan with the Empire State Building in its horizon, and a great view of Central Park as well. Also worth noting that The Rockefeller Center features a real tree used as their annual Christmas tree. As of my last visit, the tree was yet not decorated but Sat inside it's own scaffolding for the decorators. The tree itself is very tall and very large. Overall, The Rockefeller Center is worth a visit among the many sites of NYC.
  • Best tourist attraction! My wife and I recently did our first trip to NYC and we did many of the main tourist attractions that you see advertised all the time. Of all of the attractions and places to see, the Rockefeller Center was our favorite. We loved their outdoor area (we came in the Winter and it was all decorated). And then we really enjoyed Top of the Rock. Got absolutely breathtaking views of the city and the lines move way faster than any other attraction we went to. Definitely recommend this on your trip to NYC.
  • Beautiful space with surrounding sites such as restaurants, iconic ice skating rinks, and family friendly stores such as the American girl doll place, the LEGO store and many others. My friends and I came to see the tree lighting here and had a blast. It gets packed and cold So I would recommend bringing warm clothes. I have never been able to go ice skating here as there is always a long line and it is quite expensive but I’m sure it’s beautiful. This is definitely an attraction to see if you’re in New York.

Plan your trip to New York City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in New York City

The first step to finding accommodations in New York City is finding the right neighborhood. Manhattan, where most visitors end up, offers some of the most expensive rooms in the world, though there are lower-budget options, such as hostels with shared restrooms. Reduce your costs by basing yourself in one of the outer boroughs, but beware of low-end motels where you may end up sharing the premises with hourly customers. Alternatively, stay along the New Jersey shore, offering all the major chain hotels at considerably lower prices than their Manhattan equivalents.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in New York City by other users

4 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, outdoors, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in United States & Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM ITALY July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in New York City, San Francisco & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM ITALY July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in New York City BY A USER FROM HUNGARY February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans