Rockefeller Center is a miniature city located in the heart of Manhattan, New York City. It offers more than 40 places to eat, numerous shops and priceless art. The Center houses NBC, Radio City Music Hall and Christie's Auction House. Rockefeller Center stretches from 5th to 7th Avenue, and from 47th to 51 streets.
Rockefeller Plaza features the famous skating rink where visitors of all ages skate accompanied by music. This is definitely an experience not to be missed if you are planning a winter honeymoon to New York City. The skating rink is converted into outdoor dining space during the warmer months. The area hosts art exhibits and other events throughout the year, including the legendary Christmas Tree.
Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and on Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Tours depart every 60 minutes from the NBC Experience store, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The tour takes visitors to the TODAY Show Studio, Prometheus and Atlas statues and Channel Gardens. On weekends, the tour may include a visit to the Rainbow Room which features spectacular views.
The tour costs $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to 16. For reservations, call 212-664-7174.
The Ice Rink
Skating at Rockefeller Center is a holiday season classic. Located between 49th and 50th streets, and 5th Avenue, the ice rink is open throughout the winter season. Daily schedules vary, but generally the rink is open for daytime and nighttime skating. To obtain the current schedule, call 212-332-7654.
Adult admission is $8.50 on weekdays, and $11 on Sundays and holidays. Child and senior admission costs $7 on weekdays, and $7.50 on Sundays and holidays. Skate rental is $6 per session. If you live in New York City and often return to skate at Rockefeller Center, you can purchase 10 tickets at once for $75 for adults and $60 for kids and seniors.
Private ice skating lessons are available at $30 for 30 minutes. Call 212-332-7655 to make an appointment for a skating lesson at Rockefeller Center.
Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center
The lighting of the tree at the Rockefeller Center in the first days of December marks the beginning of the Christmas season in New York City. Thousands of people flock to the Rockefeller Center for a glimpse of the tree lighting ceremony, but unless you arrive very early you will not be able to get near the tree. For this year's tree lighting ceremony schedule, visit www.rockefellercenter.com.
The tree is illuminated daily from 5:30am to 11:30pm, all day on Christmas, and from 5:30am to 9pm on New Year's Eve.
The NBC Studio Tour
NBC, located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 49th street between 5th and 6th Avenues, offers visitors tours of its studios. Tours include a historical presentation of NBC's transition from radio to television, as well as a visit to a working TV studio.
Depending on availability at the time of the tour, visitors may see Studio 3A (The John Walsh Show), Studio 3B (Dateline), Studio 3C (NBC Nightly News), Studio 6A (Late Night with Conan O'Brien), Studio 3K (NBC Sports), or Studio 8H (Saturday Night Live).
NBC Studio Tours run every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the season. Since tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, reservations are recommended (call 212-664-7174). Admission is $17.75 for adults, $15.25 for children ages 6 to 16, $15.25 for seniors, and $15.25 for groups of four or more.
The Radio City Stage Door Tour
Radio City Stage Door Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
Radio City Music Hall is located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue and 50th Street). The tours depart from the Music Hall lobby. Radio City Stage Door Tour tickets cost $17 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and $14 for seniors. For reservations, call 212-307-7171.
The Historic Rockefeller Center Observation Deck
The Rockefeller Center Observation Deck ooffers some of the best views of New York City. It originally opened to the public in 1933. You can visit during the day or in the evening for night views of the city, since the deck is open daily from 8:30am to midnight. The latest time you can board the sky shuttle is at 11:30pm. The observatory is situated 850 feet (259.8 meters) above the ground on 67th –70th floors of the Rockefeller Center.
Fun begins when you board the shuttle with a transparent glass ceiling that lets you watch the ascent to the top. Transparent safety glass panels surround the indoor viewing area on the 67th –70th floors so that visitors can enjoy awesome views of Central Park, the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as famous New York City landmarks.
Tickets can be booked through www.topoftherocknyc.com, or by calling 877-692-7625. There are several terminals on-site as well, but it's a good idea to book before you go to avoid the wait. The entrance leading to the Rockefeller Center sky shuttle is located on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Arrive early and view the multimedia exhibition of the history of Rockefeller Center in the atrium.