The Top of the Rock Observation Deck provides 360 panoramic views of New York City. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck provides views from the 67th to the 70th floor and is located at the Rockefeller Center or Rockefeller Plaza. The observation deck is open from 8am till midnight daily and the last elevator goes up at 11pm.
Upon entering the Rockefeller Center you will have to make your way to the ticketing center which is located in the underground Concourse. Ticket prices vary depending on which package you choose but start at $25 and can be purchased online. I made use of the New York Day Pass. When purchasing you tickets you will be given a time when you can go up to the observation deck. This is to avoid waiting in a long line. After purchasing the tickets I made my way to the entrance. I was 20 minutes early along with a few other people. We were told, very rudely, by security at the entrance that we could not wait around the entrance and if we wanted to we could wait in the food court area. The only problem was that the food court was crowded with no place to sit, which meant we either had to walk around or sit on the floor. It would have been ideal for them to provided a waiting area if they did not want visitors to wait around the entrance.
When it was time to go up I made my way to the entrance, ironically, the security who were chasing people away had disappeared and I just walked into the main entrance where you along with your bags are scanned. Once entering the elevator a ride to the top takes you to the observation deck. The deck has 3 floors that provides some of the most stunning views I have ever seen of any city. There are both indoor and outdoor viewing decks which is perfect for cold nights when you want to warm up. The floors also provide a multimedia exhibition about the history of the center. The observation deck was first built in 1933 but had undergone a $75 million makeover which was completed in 2005.
I went up just before sunset and it was beautiful to see the sun setting and the lights of the building lighting up. The observation deck also provides free WiFi and there is also an app (Android and iPhone) you can download which makes use of augmented reality to identify the various buildings in Manhattan. Cameras are allowed but not tripods. There are also binoculars available for an extra cost.