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Rockefeller Center: A City within the City

Rockefeller Center is a worldwide icon, built nearly a century ago by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. as a “city within the city.” Today, its collection of art deco buildings surrounding the world-renowned plaza and Rink together comprise the city’s most dynamic destination to work and play.

Rockefeller Center is a prominent and iconic commercial complex located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, USA. It is known for its rich history, stunning Art Deco architecture, and multifaceted offerings. Rockefeller Center is situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and covers approximately 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets, and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It is easily accessible and well-connected to various parts of the city. Here is your guide for your visit to the iconic landmark.

Starting with 30 Rockefeller Plaza, often referred to as the “30 Rock” which houses the renowned observation deck, Top of the Rock. Perched 70 stories above Rockefeller Center, take in a 360-degree panorama from 850 feet (260 m) in the air at the Top of the Rock. Explore 9,500 square feet of unobstructed outdoor viewing space, the most of any New York observatory. Explore the architecture and landmarks by day, see the sunset, or admire the city sparkle by night. Explore 2 floors with expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas. Then top off your visit with breathtaking views from the completely open-air deck on the 70th-floor. Feel like you are floating above Central Park as well as iconic landmarks including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.

Rockefeller Center is home to Radio City Music Hall, where the Radio City Rockettes perform their iconic shows, as well as NBC Studios, where popular television programs like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show” are filmed. Go behind-the-scenes at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and take a tour of the historic NBC Studios!

Shop till you drop at The Shops at Rockefeller Center with their one-stop shop for beloved brands such as Tiffany & Co., Anthropologie and Hill House Home. Visiting with the kids? Then don’t forget to stop into the Lego Store, FAO Schwartz, McNally Jackson, along with the Nintendo Store to see the grand shops and all they have to offer. This retail complex features a range of boutiques, flagship stores, and specialty shops. Visitors can explore high-end fashion, jewelry, art, and unique gifts. The Shops at Rockefeller Center provide a blend of luxury and culture in one of New York City’s most iconic destinations.

From permanent works of art to significant architecture to exciting up and coming art galleries and public art displays, Rockefeller Center brings art to everyone with installations throughout the center.
Take a spin on The Rink at Rockefeller Center during the winter months. The Rink is one of the most popular additions to Rockefeller Center, with the Prometheus Statue and the Christmas Tree providing one of the most familiar backdrops in the world. With over 85 years of rink history, you’re sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Take an extraordinary look into the rich history and breathtaking artistry of New York’s most famous landmark with the Rockefeller Center Guided Tour which you can book through our Rockefeller Center Tour package. Your journey begins over 80 years ago with John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s unwavering vision for a cultural center and touches upon all the great works of art and architecture that comprise it today. An expert historian guides you through the Center’s most significant buildings, gardens and spaces. Follow your live guide with your own personal headset and enjoy this uninterrupted tour through a closed-circuit connection.