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How to Visit Rockefeller Center in New York City

Posted on | September 25, 2010 | Comments Off on How to Visit Rockefeller Center in New York City

One of New York’s most famous destinations is Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. There is a lot to see and do year round so visiting is well worth the trip. This article will help you discover all the great things to do when you get there so you can make the most of your visit. From skyscraper views to behind the scene tours to meeting celebrities, you won’t regret making “30 Rock” a stop on your next New York vacation.

Rockefeller Center is very easy to get to in the heart of Manhattan, between 48th and 50th Streets and Avenue of the Americas. It’s a big complex with several buildings covering a few blocks. Any taxi driver will know where to take you if you say “take me to Rockefeller Plaza”.

You can start your adventure by taking the NBC Studio Tour. The entrance for the tour is at 49th street between 5th and 6th Avenue. The NBC Universal store is here so you can purchase a few souvenirs. Tours depart every 30 minutes from the store Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and cost under per person and takes a little over an hour to complete. Fridays and Saturdays the tour departs every 15 minutes from 9:30am to 5:30 pm. Sundays also depart every 15 minutes, but the hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The tour takes you to the Sharp History Theatre which has a huge movie screen and tells you about the history of NBC. Depending on availability, you will then get to visit a few of the NBC studios where some of your favorite shows are filmed such as Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, Dateline NBC or the NBC Nightly News. A big plus is you never know which of your favorite TV personalities your tour may run into, so have that camera ready!

Now that you’ve completed the Studio Tour, head for the clouds and take a ride up to the Top of the Rock! The entrance is on 50th Street, one block over from the store The observation deck is 70 floors high and offers great views of Manhattan. You can also choose to have your picture taken at the top for a great memento. The Top of the Rock tours depart everyday from 8:00am to 11:00pm.

Next you can visit the world famous Radio City Music Hall. Besides all the great shows you could see there, you can take a backstage tour and even meet the Rockettes. The tours depart everyday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

If you are interested in the history of Rockefeller Center, you can take the Rockefeller Center Tour. You can choose to have a guided tour or a self guided tour with headsets narrating the way. You will learn about John Rockefeller and how the Center was planned and built. There are also over 100 pieces of artwork to view. This tour also departs from the store Monday to Saturday at 11:00am, 12:00 pm, 1:00pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Sunday tours are the same except the last tour departs at 4:00pm.

If you happen to visit in the winter, then you cant miss the famous Ice Skating Rink and Christmas Tree. This is without a doubt one of the most spectacular scenes in the city. Any family that visits here during the Christmas season will never forget it, guaranteed. the Ice Rink is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am to Midnight and Sunday’s 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Now that you have worked up quite an appetite, go into the Concourse where you will find a mall like atmosphere with lots of shops and restaurants to choose from. The Concourse is also how all the buildings in the Plaza connect without having to go outside, plus you can catch the subway to your next New York destination.

One more thing before you go, within a few blocks there are other very noteworthy things to see. The Museum of Modern Art, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store are all must see’ s on your Big Apple Adventure.