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Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck free

30 Rockefeller Plaza | New York City, NY 10020 | Official website
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  • Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 5.0 (4.9)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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This iconic plaza has it all — beautiful sculptures, an enormous skating rink, a fishbowl view of NBC Studios, plus hordes of stores and restaurants. Though undoubtedly there will be intense crowds, this is a big-city experience that's worth having at least once. During the wintertime holidays, the plaza sparkles with an illuminated Christmas tree and frolicking skaters gliding across the ice rink. But don't fret if your New York adventure doesn't take place during the cold months. There's plenty to do year-round. If you plan ahead, you can spend a morning watching a taping of the "Today" show, an afternoon observing the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and an evening catching a performance at Radio City Music Hall.

Rockefeller Center is located in Midtown Manhattan between Fifth and Sixth avenues. To get to Rockefeller Center, take the B, D, F or M train. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open from 8 a.m. to midnight each day (the last elevator is at 11 p.m.). While there you can participate in the deck's Art and Observation Tour, but note there's a $27 fee. There are also free tours of the Rockefeller Center and NBC Studios. Tickets to Radio City Music Hall performances vary by show — visit U.S. News' page for more details. Rockefeller Center's website provides further details on all the attractions around the plaza.

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