Rockefeller Center AttractionsOne of the largest private building projects began in the 1930s. Today it's home to over a hundred unique shops and restaurants, including 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which is also known as the Rock, Comcast Building and 30 Rock.
Top of the Rock30 Rockefeller Plaza has become one of the hottest tourist destinations in the city, offering unobstructed 360-degree city views of Central Park and Manhattan's Midtown and Downtown, from the 67th-70th floors, including the open-air roof deck, as part of the Top of the Rock attraction. That's 850 feet (260 meters) above the street level as you travel on an elevator with a glass roof and colourful exposition. Guests on a more flexible schedule are advised to go on the journey to the observation deck right before the sunset, because when the sun goes down, and the city lights up, and Manhattan unveils itself in a whole different way. Either way, the demand during the peak season is high, so it's recommended to book your tickets in advance. This includes guided tours and VIP passes. Note that the last ticket is sold at 11 pm and the last elevator goes up at 11:15 pm. In addition to the spectacular views, the Plaza experience also includes bright Breezeway rooms and Radiance Wall comprised of glass panels, blown glass, and fibre-optic lighting created by Swarovski, who also crafted Joie Chandelier found in the Grand Atrium Lobby. As far as art goes, then guests are also invited to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), displaying the contemporary history of painting, sculpture, and new media.
Rockefeller Center Channel GardensOn top of that, Rockefeller Center is also famous for its Channel Gardens, which blooms in uniquely themed plant installations that transform with the seasons, featuring anything from tulips to the weeping willow.
The RinkDuring the winter months, no Rockefeller Center experience is complete without visiting the famous Rink. There you're invited to put on skates and enjoy the moment on the ice rink right next to the famous Christmas tree and its mesmerising lights.
The Radio City Music HallRockefeller Center also offers backstage tours and performances at one of the largest theatres in the world – The Radio City Music Hall. This includes events like The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Radio City Stage Door Tour.
Farmers MarketDuring the summer, locals and tourists may also find the Farmers Market or Greenmarket. Fresh produce and gourmet goods like handcrafted potato vodka, eggs, flowers, baked goods, bread, vegetables, wine, cheese and more can be purchased from regional farms only Wednesday – Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm.
Rockefeller Center AppAll that is just the tip of the iceberg, as Rockefeller Center is surrounded by the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Midtown. For better orientation, download their free mobile app, available for both iOS and Android. It comes with a 360-degree viewfinder, which is especially handy when on Top of the Rock, to help you learn more about the city's architecture, historical and cultural landmarks, neighbourhoods, and more. The app also has a wayfinding feature, to locate the many shops, restaurants, restrooms, and even works of art throughout the centre.
Visiting Rockefeller Center
Location: Stretches from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue and from 48th Street to 51st Street, New York City, NY
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