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Top of the Rock Opening Times

If you want to visit the famous Top of the Rock but don't know its opening hours and want to know when it opens and how long the visit lasts, read on!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

5 min read

Top of the Rock Opening Times

Enjoying the view from the Top of The Rock | ©Teemu Paananen

To contemplate the New York skyline from the Top of the Rock from the very heart of Manhattan is a magical feeling.

Don't let vertigo stop you, make sure you know the opening hours of the observation deck to plan your visit and buy your tickets, it will be an unforgettable experience!

What are the opening hours of Top of the Rock?

Enjoying the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets
Enjoying the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets

The Top of the Rock is open from 10 AM to 10 PM, every day of the week and of the year. A very extensive schedule that offers you great flexibility and with which you can climb to the top of Rockefeller Center virtually any time of day to hallucinate as a child with the views of New York.

Practical tips for choosing the hours of your visit

  • Indicate date and time when booking in advance: it is necessary to select a date and time to visit the Top of the Rock at the time of booking your tickets. I recommend you to be punctual, as they do not guarantee access outside the time you have chosen.

  • Pay attention to the first and last visit: The first elevator goes up at 10 AM and the last one at 9:10 PM. Keep this in mind in case, before going up to the Top of the Rock, you want to see other tourist attractions in the area.

  • Holiday hours: The regular hours of the Top of the Rock may vary if there is a holiday or long weekend on the calendar. My advice is to do a quick Google search if your trip falls on a holiday to check for any changes that may occur on those dates.

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When does Top of the Rock close?

Views from the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets
Views from the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets

As I pointed out in the previous point, in normal weather conditions the Top of the Rock is open until 10 PM every day of the year, regardless of whether it is hot or cold.

In the event of extreme weather conditions (snow, hail, strong wind, etc.) parts of the observation deck may be closed to the public for safety reasons at the discretion of the attraction. However, visitors will be informed of weather conditions prior to entry.

In any case, the Top of The Rock has an observatory spread over three floors with the 67th floor almost completely closed, where you can take shelter. From its windows there are excellent views of the Big Apple skyline.

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How long does the Top of the Rock tour last? How long can I stay at the observation deck?

Inside the Top of the Rock| ©Pascale Amez
Inside the Top of the Rock| ©Pascale Amez

There is usually no time limit to stay inside the Top of the Rock observation deck and visits generally last between 45 and 60 minutes.

The Top of the Rock is perhaps the most famous skyscraper of all those in New York and the most recommended by travelers because it is the one with the best panoramic view of the city and the best views of Manhattan and Central Park.

They are so fascinating that you will find it hard to leave. Add to that the Mezzanine Exhibit, a visit to the Breezeway room with LED lights, the Radiance Wall and the gift store, and you're likely to be there for a long time. There's so much to see that you decide how long to be there.

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4. When to go to see the sunset at Top of the Rock?

Sunset from the Top of the Rock| ©Johnell Pannell
Sunset from the Top of the Rock| ©Johnell Pannell

The time at which sunset is not constant throughout the year but varies over time (for example in summer it can occur between 7 PM and 9:30 PM and in winter between 4 PM and 6:30 PM), so if you go to the Top of the Rock with the intention of witnessing it, I recommend that you first check on the Internet when the sun set occurs in the month you travel to New York.

Sunset is the favorite time of all tourists who visit the skyscrapers of the Big Apple, including the Top of the Rock. The views are dreamy at so many meters high, so it is the time with more influx of people.

But be careful because, unlike other skyscrapers in the city, tickets to the Top of the Rock have an additional cost of about 8 Euros per ticket just to go to watch the sunset.

So if you prefer to save that money and have a more intimate experience by going up to the observation deck without so many people around, my advice is to go early in the morning on a weekday, you'll have the Top of the Rock almost to yourself and that's wonderful! Anyway, if you are worried about your budget during your trip, use this guide on Top of the Rock ticket prices to organize your pocket before your trip and have some tips to save on your visit.

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What other places can I visit near the Top of the Rock? Schedules of nearby tourist attractions

Views of the surroundings of the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets
Views of the surroundings of the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets

Midtown Manhattan is full of attractions near the Top of the Rock that you can explore by taking a stroll around the area. Check out the schedules below for some of the most popular tourist attractions near the Top of the Rock.

  • Grand Central Terminal: Open from 5:15 AM to 2:00 AM, daily.

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral: Open from 6:30 AM to 8:45 PM, daily.

  • Chrysler Building: The lobby is open from 8 AM to 6 PM on weekdays. A good time to visit without tourists disturbing the workers is from 10:30 AM to 11 AM or from 2 to 4 PM.

  • New York Public Library: Open from 10 AM to 6 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 8 PM. Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM.

6. What are the opening hours of other skyscrapers in New York?

The Empire State Building as seen from the Top of the Rock| ©Marten Van Den Heuvel
The Empire State Building as seen from the Top of the Rock| ©Marten Van Den Heuvel

And if after climbing to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center you have been so captivated by the New York skyline that you would like to see it again from other points of the Big Apple, I leave you a short list with the schedules of the other iconic skyscrapers of the city.

There are some, like the Empire State Building, that have super extended opening hours (until 2 AM!) and allow you to enjoy the illuminated views of Manhattan well into the wee hours of the morning. An almost VIP experience since there are usually not many travelers at that time of day.

  • Empire State Building
  • Hours of operation
  • 8 AM to 2 AM
  • One World Observatory
  • Hours of operation
  • 9 AM to 9 PM
  • The Edge
  • Schedule
  • 10 AM to 10 PM