Top of the Rock NYC: Day vs Night Views

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This week we’re checking out the views from Top of the Rock in New York City!

I’ve ventured to this open-air observation deck at Rockefeller Center on two separate occasions: my October 2016 Trip to NYC and my recent April Trip.

On my recent trip, I was able to see the views at night and it’s such a different experience…

Top of the Rock. Building View. Vivacious Views
Rockefeller Center ©VivaciousViews.com

Even the outside of Rockefeller Center is different from day-to-night…

Top of the Rock. Building Night View. Vivacious Views
Rockefeller Center Night View ©VivaciousViews.com

Top of the Rock Views

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Central Park Views

This was an autumn view of Central Park…

Top of the Rock. Central Park View. Vivacious Views
Top of the Rock Central Park View ©VivaciousViews.com

Stunning to see during the day…

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Top of the Rock Central Park ©VivaciousViews.com

Not such a great view of the park at night.

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Top of the Rock Central Park Night View ©VivaciousViews.com

This pic was taken last April(2018) and it’s amazing to see a new skyscraper go up in NYC!

If you’re heading to the Top of the Rock strictly to see views of the park I would recommend going during the day.



Times Square Views

The view of the Times Square New Years Eve ball is really cool to see from 70 stories!
Top of the Rock. Times Square View. Vivacious Views
Top of the Rock Times Square View ©VivaciousViews.com
Of course, Times Square shines bright at night…
Top of the Rock. Times Square View. Vivacious Views
Top of the Rock Times Square View ©VivaciousViews.com

 



Chrysler Building Views

The views of the Chrysler Building are a bit blocked by buildings…

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Top of the Rock Chrysler Building ©VivaciousViews.com

but you can still see the tip-top… 

How about these gorgeous panoramic night views of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and Times Square??

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Panoramic View of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and Times Square ©VivaciousViews.com



Empire State Building Views

Of course, I saved the best view for last!

Day or night it doesn’t matter…

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Top of the Rock Empire State Building ©VivaciousViews.com

the Empire State Building is beautiful to see.

Top of the Rock. Empire State Building Night View. Vivacious Views
Empire State Building Night View ©VivaciousViews.com

Although in my opinion…I do love NYC at night better.

To me it’s just more alive, more enegetic…maybe it’s all the flashing lights or something.


Extra Info for Top of the Rock:

Location:
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
Cost:
If you decide to pay upon arrival the cost is $39.20 per person. 
I was sponsored by Smart Destinations on my April trip and I highly recommend getting the NYC Explorer Pass.
For $89.00 per person, you can choose 3  from a list of 80+ attractions. They do offer upgrade options on the pass as well if you’re looking to take on more than 3 attractions during your visit. 
Hours of Operation:
Sunday–Saturday
8:00am – 12:30am
Last Elevator at 11:55pm
Here’s a little sneak peek of the elevator ride to the Top of the Rock:


Bonus: Rockefeller Center Ice Rink

Another must-see view while visiting Top of the Rock is the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center…

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center ©VivaciousViews.com

This pic was taken on my Christmas trip to NYC back in 2015.

During the summer this rink is covered and used for outdoor seating by the restaurant located here called The Sea Grill.

 

If you are headed to Top of the Rock on your next New York City visit I would suggest arriving an hour before sunset…

enjoy the day views and then watch the sun go down on the city and the buildings light up.

That way you get the best of both views!! 

The Empire State Building from Top of the Rock at night is definitely a must see!!

 

Have you been to the Top of the Rock??

Tell us about it in the Comments Below!!

Planning a trip to Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center and need a question answered??

Please feel free to ask!! 

Enjoy Your NYC Adventure!!

I had a view of Rockefeller Center from my Wellington Hotel Room!

Check out my Full Review Here!!



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4 Comments

  1. Chasa Fulkerson

    I am more of a country girl, but I do love visiting the city every now and then. My cousin LOVES New York and she tries to visit at least once a year.

    25 . Jul . 2018
    • Vivacious Views

      Awe you’ll have to send her to the NY section of the blog! Yea, I grew up in South Carolina so I know all about that country girl life. I actually prefer hopping place to place. I think I could honestly adapt anywhere and enjoy the surroundings. I just love traveling.

      25 . Jul . 2018
  2. Chasa Fulkerson

    I love the views from at night. I went to New York once, but it was when i was like 15 so I barely remember. I think we went up the Empire State building, but it was during the day. Also, I barely remember it.

    25 . Jul . 2018
    • Vivacious Views

      NYC at night is such a different experience. The city is so intoxicating and I have to say I’m addicted. I try to visit at least once a year to get my fix 😄

      25 . Jul . 2018

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