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Rockefeller Center

Updated by Pat Dorri on March 7 2024

Iconic New York Landmark and Hub of Culture, Shopping, and Entertainment.

Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, United States

Christmas decorations at Rockefeller Center, New York, with Radio City Music Hall in the background
Head to Rockefeller Center during the holidays and you can expect some extra special displays.
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💲 Free public access

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options throughout the center

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Rockefeller Center?

Rockefeller Center is situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, and includes 19 commercial buildings, covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Why should I visit Rockefeller Center?

Visiting Rockefeller Center gives you a taste of New York City's dynamic energy, with its Art Deco architecture, stunning views from Top of the Rock, seasonal ice skating rink, and a wide range of shopping and dining options.

It's famous for its annual Christmas tree lighting, Top of the Rock observation deck, and NBC Studios.

What are the opening hours at Rockefeller Center?

General opening hours

Monday - 24 hours a day

Tuesday - 24 hours a day

Wednesday - 24 hours a day

Thursday - 24 hours a day

Friday - 24 hours a day

Saturday - 24 hours a day

Sunday - 24 hours a day

Individual attractions and stores have varied hours

Closures and holidays

Rockefeller Center is open year-round, however be sure to check for latest timings and guidance on the official website.

Bright yellow and orange flowers at Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center
Take a wander around the Channel Gardens in the vast grounds of Rockefeller Center

Where should I park when visiting Rockefeller Center?

Parking is available in the Rockefeller Center garage, among other nearby garages. However, with its central location it is suggested to use public transportation.

Is Rockefeller Center accessible by public transportation?

Rockefeller Center is easily accessible by the B, D, F, M subway lines to 47-50th Streets - Rockefeller Center station, and several bus routes.

When is the best time to visit Rockefeller Center?

Any time of year offers unique attractions, from the Christmas tree and ice skating in winter to outdoor dining and tours in the warmer months.

Early morning or late evening visits can avoid the largest crowds.

What are the best things to see near Rockefeller Center?

There are plenty of great places close to Rockefeller Center to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral - A Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral directly across from Rockefeller Center.
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - Just a few blocks away, featuring an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • Times Square - A short walk away, known for its neon lights, Broadway theaters, and bustling atmosphere.
Times Square, New York at dusk
The bright lights of Times Square is just a short walk away from Rockefeller Center.
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Common questions about Rockefeller Center

A visit to Rockefeller Center offers an iconic New York City experience, with its famous observation deck, seasonal activities, and plenty of shops and dining options. Here is what else you can expect.

Is Rockefeller Center accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, Rockefeller Center is accessible to guests with disabilities, including wheelchair rentals and accessible entrances.

Is Rockefeller Center free to enter?

✔️ Yes, public access to Rockefeller Center is free, but ticketed attractions like Top of the Rock have admission fees.

Is Rockefeller Center pet-friendly?

❌ Pets are generally not allowed in buildings at Rockefeller Center, except for service animals.

Is Rockefeller Center child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Rockefeller Center offers attractions and activities for families and children of all ages.

Is Rockefeller Center a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Rockefeller Center hosts a variety of events and attractions throughout the year.

❗ The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting is a popular event; arriving early is advised for the best views.

Are refreshments available at Rockefeller Center?

✔️ Yes, there are numerous dining options at Rockefeller Center, from casual cafes to fine dining.

Are there restrooms at Rockefeller Center?

✔️ Yes, public restrooms are available for visitors at Rockefeller Center.

What else is useful to know before I visit Rockefeller Center

Advance tickets for Top of the Rock and tour reservations are recommended, especially during peak times.
 View of Manhattan and Central Park on a sunny day from the Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center
Book a ticket to visit one of the best observation decks in the city, Top of the Rock.
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Where to stay near Rockefeller Center

There are plenty of great hotel options in Midtown Manhattan, just a short distance from the exciting sites of Rockefeller Center.