Let me tell you about one of New York City’s worst-kept secrets–Top of the Rock. I’d seen a bunch of instagram posts dedicated to this bird’s eye view of the city, and so when boyfriend and I were visiting for the weekend I knew that we had to go see it for ourselves.
We went on Sunday afternoon right before we left for Grand Central Station so there wasn’t a huge wait or anything, although we did almost accidentally join a tour group until we realized that we were in the wrong line! Located right on top of 30 Rock, it’s centrally located and pretty hard to miss because there’s always a swarm of tourists and locals alike in the area. After we bought our tickets, we went up this crazy elevator (which totally reminded me of the Twilight Zone or Tower of Terror) all the way up a crazy number of floors to the first look-out point. We were the first to rush out of the elevator in the hopes of beating the crowds and get the best spots to view the city.
From one side, you have an absolutely gorgeous view of Central Park and all of the museums and high-rises that surround it. And on the other, you find yourself basically face-to-face with some of the more iconic buildings in the city–the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and, if you really squint, the Statue of Liberty!
Of course we stopped to take pictures of ourselves too because we all know the saying, “Pics or it didn’t happen!”
We made our way up then up to the highest point of the Top of the Rock. And honestly, as much as I loved this whole experience, looking down did make me a bit nervous. I think I totally forgot how high up I was until I was looking through my camera and got a little dizzy!
We were really lucky with the beautiful weather all weekend but I was especially thankful for the sunshine and clear days when we were up so high in the clouds. I can’t even imagine doing that if it had been misting or even raining.
It was all smiles that afternoon!
We walked around the look-out for as long as we could, trying to enjoy our weekend together to the fullest before we had to board our train back to Connecticut.
We made our way back down in the elevators and then walked, hand-in-hand, around Rockefeller Square for a little bit. My boyfriend had never seen the square without the ice skating rink which I thought was pretty funny considering that it’s the exact opposite of my experience. I’d love to see the lighting of the tree someday!
So if you’re in Manhattan and have a few hours to kill, I’d 100% recommend making your way up to the Top of the Rock to get the most gorgeous views of the city.
30 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10112