Visiting the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)
I love sharing my favorite NYC moments and secrets with you! It’s my favorite place, and I love exploring more and more. Before we moved to the Northeast almost 4 years ago, we used to frequently visit NYC. So I thought I would add some occasional #TBT NYC moments from our travels over the years. Some of the future posts (from my past travels) you can expect include, New Year’s Eve in Times Square (yes, we were there for the ball drop!), and plenty of photos of NYC over the years as it’s changed.
Today’s #TBT post is about a visit to the top of Rockefeller Center. On a visit to NYC in June 2007 (June 18th to be exact) we made an impromptu decision to go to the Top of the Rock. We were wandering around the area one evening and we decided to purchase tickets to see the city from the sky. It was already dark out, and we knew that the skyline would be spectacular! Since this was 9 years ago some of the details in my mind are a bit foggy, but I do remember going up a really quick elevator and being excited to see the city. When we got to the top….WOW! It was spectacular!!
Even if you’re on a tight budget while in NYC, this is one of those things I would encourage you to splurge and spend your money to see this. It’s only $32 per adult to go to the main observatory. Actually in one of my previous posts about ( Guide to NYC – on a budget (Part 5): Best spots to splurge ) I mention that it’s worth the money to go to one of NYC’s observatories. The reason I specifically suggest the Top of the Rock is because you can see the iconic Empire State building in your photos. One of my other recommendations if doing this is that you go at dusk. This way you can see the city while it’s still light out, but as the sun goes down and the city lights up you get the best of both worlds, and amazing photos of both daylight and night. Unfortunately this tip about going at dusk didn’t occur to me 9 years ago 🙂 So all my photos are at night.
Here are some photos from our trip that day. You will notice the new Freedom Tower isn’t part of the skyline at this point.
*These photo’s were taken with a Canon Rebel.
Looking north, that big dark area is Central Park.
You can see some of the lights of Times Square below on the right.
As you can see, the photo we had taken of my husband and I is a bit blurry, but still a great memory!
I still have both the Empire State building and the new Freedom Tower on my bucket list! Have you ever been to the top of any of NYC’s iconic buildings? Let me know in the comments below!