One of New York City’s legendary landmarks, Rockefeller Center is an iconic collection of skyscrapers covering three city blocks in Midtown. Here’s what to see, from its wintery activities to year-round attractions.
It’s most famous perhaps for its wintertime festivities. Nearly a million people a day stop by the massive Christmas tree, often spending the afternoon at one of the city’s most popular ice skating rink. At Radio City Music Hall, the Rockettes dance their amazing kick lines during the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
There are things to see and do at Rockefeller Center all year round. Visitors can tour Radio City Tours for a look inside this art deco masterpiece. At 30 Rockefeller Center, better known as “30 Rock,” take the elevator to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for sweeping views of the city from the 70 floors up. Less famous than the Empire State Building, it actually has better views, letting visitors see Central Park and the entire downtown skyline, including the beautiful Empire State Building. On your way down, stop off on the 65th floor to experience the glamorous Rainbow Room and its spinning dance floor. If you have time, you may want to book the decadent Sunday brunch.
On the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 51st Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a study in neo-gothic architecture. Several masses are held each day, and you may also take a self-guided tour available inside. The cathedral just completed a $177 million restoration, which repaired the massive stained glass windows and ornate marble exteriors. Continue south on Fifth past the magnificent Atlas statue and enter Rockefeller Center along the Channel Gardens. In the center concourse you will find Rockefeller Center’s iconic golden Prometheus statue. Take time to visit the Lego store and its life-size Lego Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well branches of luxury clothing brands. Afterwards, head to the lower concourse and discover the city underground. The lower level concourse connects every building in Rockefeller Center and is lined with restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores and pop-up exhibits all the way to Seventh Avenue. Each year, the concourse hosts one of the world’s biggest orchid shows, among other events year-round.