The Top of the Rock experience is easily one of the top attractions in New York City. Standing at the top of the Rockefeller Center, 69 floors up, and looking out over the picturesque city is an incredible thing to witness. If you have tickets to The Top of the Rock, or are considering going, here are some key things to know in order to make your experience the best!
1.) Plan in Advance
The sooner you know you’re going to do the Top of the Rock experience, the sooner you’ll want to reserve your ticket. Tickets are based on a timed entry and you’ll have a greater chance of getting the time you want if you book a couple days in advance. You can either buy online or at the box office on 50th. If you have purchased a New York Pass for your visit, you can put it to use here!
2.) Go Just Before Sunset
If you’re not sure what time to go, I highly recommend making your ticket time for about one hour before sunset. This way, you have ample time to take photos during the Golden Hour, as well as during and after the sunset.
3.) Dress Appropriately
The weather is a little different up on the 67th floor. Expect it to be a little cooler in the evenings and prepare for some wind. Some ladies up there were struggling with skirt issues when I visited. My suggestion? Long pants and a nice shirt will do just fine. Also make sure to wear comfortable shoes! You want to be up there as long as possible to make the most out of your experience. If you absolutely must wear heels, bring some flip flops or something in a bag. There are few places to sit and they fill up quickly towards sunset time.
4.) Bring Your Selfie Stick
If there’s ever a time for a selfie stick, the Top of the Rock is it. Unless you have extendo-arms, a selfie stick will help you get the most out of the incredible scenery around you. Just make sure to be aware of your surroundings!!
No selfie stick or extendo-arms 🙁
5.) Exercise Patience
Sunset is the most popular time to be at the Top of the Rock- for obvious reasons. This means that you and about 300 of your closest friends will be sharing the view at the same time. Exercise patience while at the top. You will get your turn.
6.) Eat & Hydrate Beforehand
There is no food or drink allowed at the Top of the Rock. If you’re going to be there for a good period of time (I was there two hours) you may want to consider drinking some water and having a delicious slice of NYC pizza before heading up.
7.) Charge Your Batteries
You’re going to take a lot of photos. A LOT. Of photos. Make sure your photo-taking devices are fully charged to capture as much of the scenery as possible.
8.) Use Your Manners
As I mentioned before, things can get pretty crowded up there. Everyone is here for more or less the same reason- to get great sunset shots over the city. BUT there’s a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it. Don’t push people out of your way. Don’t stand in one place for more than 5 minutes- let the people behind you get a chance to see. And for goodness sakes, don’t be that guy who sets up his mini tripod in the best vantage point and stays there for the. Entire. Time.
9.) Download the App
If you want to have a better grasp of what you’re looking at, the Top of the Rock app has a great feature which will label the noteworthy buildings for you! It’s also got an audio tour you can listen to to get more information.
10.) Take Your Time
The sun doesn’t set in a matter of minutes. Take your time and enjoy the views from all three floors and all different angles. Take photos at many different points throughout your time at the Top of the Rock. I got photos of the city in regular sunlight, as the sun was setting, and as it got dark and the city lights illuminated!
Have you visited the Top of the Rock? What did you think?
If you want more great views of New York City, try visiting the Statue of Liberty!