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An extensive guide to plan your visit to the Rockefeller Center in NYC

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What’s the best time to visit the Rockefeller Center

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Visiting the Rockefeller Center between late November and early January feels like stepping into a real-life movie set reminiscent of scenes from Home Alone 2 and Elf. The Christmas tree lights up the center, and the ice rink invites you to make your own fun memories, whether you’re a novice or a pro on the skates. But remember, it’s also the busiest time of the year!

Rockefeller Center isn’t just about the holiday cheer. It’s a bustling business hub that operates throughout the day. If you prefer a quieter experience, consider visiting during the low season from April to August.

Where is the Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas, between 48th and 51st Streets.

Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, United States | Find on Maps

How to reach the Rockefeller Center

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By car

The Rockefeller Center is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It is easily accessible by car and is close to prime attractions like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, and Times Square. If you’re driving from the John F. Kennedy International Airport, the drive will take you about 30 minutes.

Parking facilities: Parking is available at the Rockefeller Center Parking Garage with fees starting at $24 for 2 hours.

  • Timings: 24 hours
  • Location: 53 West 48th St. New York, NY 10020 | Find on Maps

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  • Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Rockefeller Center campus.
  • Restaurants: Various on-site restaurants and cafes are available if you get hungry.
  • Shopping: Shop from a range of new local brands as well as renowned global names when you visit the Rockefeller Center. 
  • Post office: The Rockefeller center even houses a post office if you ever need to send a postcard to a loved one! 
  • Entertainment: An ice skating rink, a pool room, an observation deck, and various other entertainment options await.
  • Gym: You’ll also find a fitness center and a luxury sports complex here.
  • Guided tours: You can avail guided tours if you’d like to learn more about the history and culture of the Center. 
  • Lockers: Day lockers are available free of charge at the Rink and are emptied every night.
  • First aid: The Rink is equipped with certified first aid professionals.
wheelchair-accessible
  • The whole complex is wheelchair-accessible and equipped with ramps for easier access.
  • The entrance to the 30 Rock building at the Rockefeller Center on 50th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues has power-assisted doors for easier access.
  • Top of the Rock and the Rockefeller Center guided tours are fully wheelchair-accessible.
  • Public restrooms at the Top of the Rock have wheelchair-accessible stalls.
  • Service dogs are welcome inside the Rockefeller complex.
Food and beverages are not permitted
  • Food and beverages are not permitted inside the Skate House or on The Rink.
  • The Rockefeller Center allows casual photography, but for professional photography, you must obtain approval from management and pay the required fee.
  • Potentially dangerous items such as knives, guns, and sharp objects are prohibited inside the center.
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Entrances

The Rockefeller Center is a large complex that spans the area between 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenue, so there are multiple entrances and access points depending on your specific destination within the complex.

  • 50th Street Entrance: This is the main entrance to the complex location on 50th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues which leads you to the 30 Rock building, ice skating rink, and the Christmas tree.
  • Top of the Rock Entrance: The entrance to the 30 Rock building is specifically marked for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.
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Times Square
  • Times Square - New York’s main shopping district is a must-visit, bustling 24 hours with lights, shows, and music. 
  • Museum of Modern Art - MoMA museum is known for its influential exhibitions and its collection of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture, design, sculpture, photography, film, and electronic media.
  • Central Park: The city’s largest green space is a great option to spend the day amidst nature and unwind in the fresh air.
  • Guggenheim Museum: Renowned for its iconic spiral design, the Guggenheim Museum houses a collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • Intrepid Museum: Housing legendary aircraft carriers, a space shuttle, and more, the Intrepid Museum showcases the history of sea, air, and space exploration.

What to see at the Rockefeller Center

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

When you reach the Top of the Rock, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond. Imagine gazing at iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. Don’t forget to snap a photo while sitting on the famous Beam!

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Known for its stunning Art Deco design, Radio City Music Hall has been a New York City landmark since 1932. It's home to the famous Radio City Rockettes and hosts a variety of events, including concerts, Broadway shows, and special performances throughout the year.

NBC Studios

NBC Studios

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite TV shows? Take a guided tour of NBC Studios right here at Rockefeller Center. You’ll get an exclusive peek into the production of shows like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and NBC Nightly News. It’s like being part of the action!

The Rink at the Rockefeller Center

The Rink at the Rockefeller Center

If you visit during the winter months, lace up your skates and hit the outdoor ice skating rink. Gliding beneath the iconic Christmas tree is a quintessential New York City moment. Whether you’re a seasoned skater or a first-timer, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Shops and restaurants

Shops and restaurants

Explore the variety of shops and boutiques at Rockefeller Center. From upscale retailers to cozy eateries, there’s something for every taste. Treat yourself to a little shopping or savor a delicious meal.

Art and architecture

Art and architecture

Take a moment to appreciate the Art Deco buildings and public art installations throughout Rockefeller Center. Look out for the iconic Prometheus statue, the Atlas statue, and the vibrant murals that adorn the walls of the Rockefeller Center Concourse. Each piece tells a story.

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

Events and festivities

Throughout the year, Rockefeller Center hosts special events and seasonal celebrations. One highlight is the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Join thousands of visitors during the holiday season as the tree sparkles with lights!

Visitor tips

  • Check out the stunning murals by renowned artist Jose Maria Sert in the lobby of Rockefeller Plaza. The center is home to a number of well-known works of art including murals inside the buildings and the famous bronze Atlas sculpture located across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • The Rockefeller Center buildings were designed by Raymond Hood and are a prime example of Art Deco architecture. Take some time to admire the architectural details of these historic buildings.
  • Children under the age of 6 years must be accompanied by an adult at the rink, and children under the age of 13 years must be supervised by an adult who is not skating.
  • You can ask for Penguin skate aids that are available at the Rink for a fee if you need an object to lean on to learn how to skate.
  • Explore all levels of the Top of the Rock, located on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of the 30 Rock building. Walking around the entire observation deck ensures you capture panoramic views of the entire city.

Frequently asked questions about visiting the Rockefeller Center

Why should I visit the Rockefeller Center?

The Rockefeller Center in New York City is a hub of vibrant activity and culture. Its buildings have a rich history and stunning Art Deco architecture. You can learn about the city's rich history and take in the city's skyline from the Top of the Rock, and enjoy world-class performances at Radio City Music Hall. With various shopping and dining options, Rockefeller Center truly captures the spirit of New York City.

Can I visit the Rockefeller Center for free?

Absolutely, you can explore the Rockefeller Center without any cost. It’s open for everyone to stroll around, check out the shops, enjoy food and drinks at the cafes and restaurants, and appreciate the historic artworks. But remember that some special attractions, like the Top of the Rock observation deck and the official guided tour, do have an admission fee. Have a great time exploring!

How do I book tickets to visit the Rockefeller Center?

You can book your Rockefeller Center Guided tour tickets here starting at $29.40.

Can I visit the Rockefeller Center in a group?

Yes, the Rockefeller Center is a great place to visit with friends as it offers a range of activities, including shopping, dining, ice skating, and more.

Can I visit the Rockefeller Center with kids?

Absolutely. The complex is great for a family outing and offers fun activities for the kids as well.

Is the Rockefeller Center wheelchair friendly?

Yes, the complex is wheelchair accessible, with ramps, elevators, accessible washrooms, and handrails across the venue for accessibility.

Can I buy food and drinks at the Rockefeller Center?

Yes, you can choose from Michelin-level fine dining restaurants to classic fast food joints and end the meal with a coffee or dessert.

How long does it take to visit the Rockefeller Center?

You can spend a few hours to an entire day exploring activities and exhibits at Rockefeller Center!

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