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Things to Do at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is one of the most historic 22 acres of prime Manhattan real estate to ever exist. Tourists come from all over the world to admire the original Art Deco structures and shops surrounding Rockefeller Plaza. Here is everything you need to know about your visit to the timeless plaza and how to achieve the full experience of Rockefeller Center.

30 Rockefeller Plaza is by far the most famous of the buildings – and that’s by design. It is the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center. Head to the observatory deck to take in 360-degree views of New York City. At the pinnacle of 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s 70 floors, a trip to Top of the Rock is one of the top things to do in the city.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center transformed into a roller skating experience by Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace through October 2023. Roller skate at one of the most iconic New York landmarks with music that will want to make you groove and move. This roller-skating rink is for all ages and family-friendly!

Featuring the world-famous Rockettes, and a holiday tradition for families everywhere visit the grandeur of the newly restored Radio City Music Hall, with its Art Deco interiors, creates an atmosphere that is as festive as it is breathtaking. Famous for its history, its architecture, its entertainment – no trip to Rockefeller Center is complete without visiting Radio City Music Hall.

Some of the best places to shop in Manhattan are the Shops at Rockefeller Center. It is your one-stop shop for designer names, women’s and men’s fashion, toys for children, jewelry, homewares and more. Take a stroll along and shop at stores like Tiffany & Co., The Shop at NBC Studios, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Saks, and so much more! Visiting with kids? Don’t forget to stop by and play video games at the Nintendo Store, build your own custom character at The Lego Store, pick up the latest doll accessory at The American Girl store or experience the iconic FAO Schwarz.

The Rainbow Room is the original home of New York glamour and entertainment. A place where the food, the service, and the skyline all come together to create incomparable, unforgettable experiences. Rainbow Room is known for legendary occasions. Graced by presidents, dignitaries, and the brightest starts in entertainment, events held here have defined what it means to celebrate in NYC.

If you are an art buff, then Rock Center is a great place to observe art and artists alike that is ongoing and continuously changing! John D. Rockefeller Jr’s vision for Rockefeller Center was to be a place that New Yorkers could surround themselves with art and motifs that celebrated the best of human spirit. This is still true today and tourists and New Yorkers come and visit the outdoor installations art and historic public art. Check out the famous Paul Manship’s “Prometheus” gold statue. Dean Cornwells mural depicting the ever-evolving and advancing forms of transportation located in the main lobby of 10 Rockefeller Plaza. An Art Deco architectural embellishment called the “Winged Mercury” fly’s over the entrance of the Channel Gardens.

From the Art Deco Rotunda to the NBC Production Gallery, go behind-the-scenes at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and take a tour of the historic NBC Studios!

Enjoy all the art, history, landmarks, and more in one place with the Rockefeller Center Guided Tour which you can book through our Rockefeller Center Experience package! Enjoy a stay at one of our hotels and tickets for two to this historian-guided Rockefeller Center Tour. The tour takes you from past to present, from John D. Rockefeller Jr’.s initial vision to its realization in the cultural center and National Historic Landmark of today. You will get an insider’s view of the incredible architecture, art, iconic buildings, outdoor gardens, and spaces found throughout Rockefeller Center.

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