Top Of The Rock Observation Deck

Top Of The Rock

That first day we didn’t have anything planned other than our Discovery Squad Tour around the American Museum Of Natural History. We had always planned to visit the Top Of The Rock Observation Deck during our stay as it was included in our CityPASS.


We came across the entrance as we were trying to hunt out the LEGO store and we decided it would be a fantastic way to end our first day in New York by taking in the view of the city it has to offer.


And my word! What a view it was! It gave us such a breathtaking display of Central Park which the kids thought was fantastic after having not long walked through it themselves.


We could have easily spent hours up there taking it all in and visually recording what was around us, the good news being that you can spend as long as you want up there without a time limit set. St Patrick’s Cathedral looked just as pretty from above as what it did back on the ground.


It turned into a game of spot the famous New York landmarks, and in the below photo we got to see the Statue Of Liberty which is just to the right of the One World Trade Center at the far end of the Manhattan island.


We used our New York CityPASS to visit the Top Of The Rock Observation Deck, children age 5 and under go free. Having this pass also allowed us to skip the ticket queue.

Be prepared for security searches similar to those in the airport once in the building, tell the children they were be going through exactly what they went through at the airport. By the time we returned to the airport on our way home, the kids could get their coats off, and bags open in record time.

Just like most places in NYC, it is entirely disabled friendly, and we had no problem pushing Dylan around in his stroller.

The main entrance to Top of the Rock is located on 50th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Look for the big red carpet marking the entrance on the south side of the street. A second entrance is located on the Concourse level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

It is open Sunday–Saturday, 8:00 am – Midnight with the last elevator going up at 11:15 pm.