If you mention Rockefeller Center to most people the first association is usually the world famous Christmas tree, but, did you know there is so much more beyond the tree at Rockfeller Center?
Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock is the observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center. Unlike the Empire State Building where you can literally stand hours waiting to get in, it’s easy at the Top of the Rock and the views (70 stories high) are just as good! You can pre-reserve your time and zip right up to the Top of the Rock. It’s a much better time value than it’s more famous counter-part (the Empire State Building).
Top of the Rock: http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/welcome/default.aspx
Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! Well, actually it’s the NBC studio tour…
Ok, getting tickets for Saturday Night Live are as tough as trying to get to meet Tina Fey in person, but, you can still take a tour of the NBC studios and see where all the magic happens! The NBC studio tours are located in Rockefeller Center and the 1.5 tour takes you behind the scenes and you’ll see props, cue cards and so much more including the Saturday Night Live set!
For tickets visit: http://www.nbcuniversalstore.com/index.php?v=nbc_tours_nbc-studio-tour
Getting hungry? Rockefeller Center is home to more than 40 places to eat!
While most of the places to eat in Rockefeller Center are fast food, there are some surprises among the restaurants including The Rock Center Cafe and The Sea Grill which both look out on the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink in Winter Months and the Courtyard all other months.
Speaking of the Ice Rink…
The Rockefeller Center ice rink opens in October, 2011 and will remain open until April, 2012. The ice rink is open to the general public and you can rent skates here as well. 2011-2012 pricing is not yet available, however, based upon 2010 pricing, skating sessions are 1.5 and require reservations Adults are $19 per person; Child are $12.50 per person and skate rentals are $9 per pair.
For more information visit: http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant.php?restaurants_id=74
Under Rockefeller Center is entire world all in it’s own. There are dozens of shops and places to eat on this concourse level. It’s also where you will find some very clean public restrooms which can be hard to locate in NYC.
For more information visit: http://www.rockefellercenter.com/index.php/section/2#/2/2/-1/16/
The Channel Gardens
While not huge, The Channel Gardens offer a lush refuge in the urban jungle of NYC. Whether you visit in Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter the gardens are beautifully done and are very photo worthy!
For more information visit: http://www.rockefellercenter.com/index.php/section/2#/2/2/-1/18/
The Christmas Tree
Well of course The Christmas Tree is going to be in this report! The lighting of the 2011 Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is November 30, 2011
For more information the 2011 Rockefeller Center tree visit: http://joltleft.com/destinations-in-salt-lake-city/2011-christmas-at-rockefeller-center-new-york-city
Non-stop air service is available from Salt Lake City to New York on Delta Airlines and Jet Blue. On average, you can expect a round-trip, coach airline ticket to run around $355 per person for direct service and $369 for non-stop service. For more information about planning your trip to NYC visit: http://www.nyctourist.com/vacationpackages.asp
Rockefeller Center is a must see stop for a variety of reasons when you visit New York. Whether you only spend a few moments or the entire day, you’ll be glad you visited this icon of New York City!
My family and I are heading back to NYC for Thanksgiving week for the second year in a row! Be sure to follow us on our journey!!