Attractions and Things to Do Near Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center Area hosts an extensive list of attractions and tours in the immediate area, many of which are very accessible. Additionally, shopping and great places to sit and people-watch make the area attractive for any visitor. Read below for our hand-picked accessible activities in the area!

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1) Rockefeller Plaza

Occupying the heart of the area, the Rockefeller Plaza flaunts an elegant layout and design with a gorgeous surrounding of well-designed skyscrapers, a beautiful fountain, notable sculptures, and an assortment of stores and restaurants.

Thirty shows of art, including Prometheus above the fountain in the sunken plaza and Atlas centered in front of the International Building, all add to the beauty of the area. The scattered artwork all focuses on the theme of ‘Man at the Crossroads Looks Uncertainly but Hopefully at the Future.’ The Channel Gardens, located in the entrance to the Plaza, also contributes a fresh natural beauty to the Plaza.

The Plaza is a gorgeous place to relax, eat food or pastries to-go, and people watch. The Plaza is also extremely accessible thanks to ramps, smooth and level surfaces, minimal crowds, and well-located elevators. 

Accessibility:

  • Barrier-Free Entry

  • Benches and Ares to Rest Throughout

  • Elevator Access to Areas Requiring Stairs

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance 

Website https://www.rockefellercenter.com/

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d105123-Reviews-Rockefeller_Center-New_York_City_New_York.html

2) The Concourse at Rockefeller Center

The Concourse at Rockefeller Center is a huge underground network of shops and restaurants. From quick bites to fine dining, and with stores ranging from Anthropologie to Jamba Juice, wandering the Concourse is an event unto itself.

It is also very accessible thanks to elevators, ramps, accessible restrooms, and tons of places to sit throughout. The stores and restaurants tend to be very accessible as well. The Concourse is accessible via elevators along both West 49th Street and West 50th Street, making it accessible by convenient drop-off areas immediately outside the elevators as well! 

Accessibility:

  • Barrier-Free Entry

  • Elevator Access

  • Tables and Seats Accommodate Wheelchair

  • Spacious Interior

  • Accessible Restrooms

Website: https://www.rockefellercenter.com/attractions/concourse/

Address: Rockefeller Plaza

 

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3) Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Ice Rink (Seasonal)

The famous Christmas tree and ice skating rink are enormous tourist attractions during the winter season. The ice skating rink is open from October through April, and the Christmas tree is typically on display from the very end of November until the first week of January. A winter in NYC is incomplete without sitting and watching as children and adults fall down endlessly on the ice rink.

The ice skating rink admission costs around $25 and skate rental costs $12. And of course, admiring the beautiful tree and the energy of people surrounding it is absolutely free! Elevators allows for easy access to the rink located in the sunken plaza. Both of these seasonal attractions add to the atmosphere of the area and are extremely worthwhile sights. 

Accessibility:

  • Barrier-Free Entry

  • Areas to Sit and Rest Throughout

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance

Website: https://therinkatrockcenter.com/

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d10020616-Reviews-Rockefeller_Center_Christmas_Tree-New_York_City_New_York.html

Ice Rink Info: https://therinkatrockcenter.com/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Rink_PreHoliday_Broch17_062617.pdf

Address: Rockefeller Plaza

 

4) Saks Fifth Avenue

This famous luxury department store is home to the highest fashion brands – Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, and Burberry just to name a few. Ten floors of shopping, accessed by vintage elevators, offer up the crème-de-la-crème of fashion brands.

Elevators and a very open layout, along with accessible restrooms, make Saks Fifth Ave an extremely accessible location, so anyone can come peruse and shop to their heart’s desire. It is worth noting the department store has a legendary sale each year during January.

Accessibility:

  • Barrier-Free Entry

  • Elevator Access Between Floors

  • Spacious Interior

  • Accessible Restrooms

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance

Website: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Entry.jsp

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d208852-Reviews-Saks_Fifth_Avenue-New_York_City_New_York.html

Address: 611 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Phone: (877) 551-7257

 

5) Radio City Music Hall

One of the highlights of the area, the legendary Radio City Music Hall is a necessary destination for any visitor. While the concert hall hosts big name performers, it equally notably offers tours that capture the rich history (dating back to 1932) and sheer opulence of the building. 

Tours last 75 minutes and cover nearly the entire building. Let your tour guide know if you prefer more accessible routes and they will use elevators rather than stairs, making the entire tour completely accessible. The behind the scenes tour does not move too fast and affords a variety of opportunities to sit down as well. Tours cost $27 for adults and $20 for seniors. Concerts are also accessible with designated accessible seats available for purchase.

Accessibility:

  • 75-minute Tour

  • All Parts of Tour Are Wheelchair Accessible

  • Tour Moves at Very Manageable Pace

  • Accessible Restroom

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance

Website: http://www.radiocity.com/

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d110164-Reviews-Radio_City_Music_Hall-New_York_City_New_York.html

Address: 1260 Sixth Avenue, Manhattan

Phone: (212) 247-4777

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6) Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Considered one of the best attractions in the big city, the Top of the Rock offers one of the best views of NYC from 70 floors above ground. With wide indoor and outdoor observation decks that afford stunning views of the concrete jungle, including a picturesque view of the Empire State Building. 

The Top of the Rock, built in 1933 and sitting atop the GE Building, is fully accessible (restrooms, space, elevators, etc.) on all 3 observation floors. Tickets cost $34 for adults and $32 for seniors, and visitors typically spend 30-40 minutes at the top (although you can stay as long as you please). Elevators leave every 5 minutes for the top, and the observation decks are predictably busiest at sunset.

Accessibility:

  • Barrier-Free Entry

  • Elevator Access Between Floors

  • Spacious Interior

  • Accessible Restrooms

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance

Website: https://www.topoftherocknyc.com/

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d587661-Reviews-Top_of_the_Rock_Observation_Deck-New_York_City_New_York.html

Address: 30 Rockefeller Center, Manhattan

Phone: (212) 698-2000

7) NBC Studios Tour

The NBC Studios Tour walks you through the iconic home to some of the most famous shows like Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Myers. The tour takes you behind the scenes to marvel at the fully restored Art Deco Rotunda, the NBC Production Gallery, at least 2 studios, the NBC Broadcast Operations Center, and the interactive Tour Studio where you get the opportunity to create your own show in a simulative experience. The tour also covers fun facts and insights into how the company produces and disseminates their shows. 

The tour is entirely accessible and moves at a manageable pace. The guided tour takes about an hour and ten minutes, and the guide usually stops for ten minutes to explain the given room and then continues onto the next location to stop and explain again.

The tour begins at The Shop at NBC Studios and costs $33 for adults and $28 for seniors. Tickets can be bought in advance online (link below). We highly recommend purchasing tickets as far in advance as possible, as the highly popular tour tends to sell out quickly!

Accessibility:

  • 70-minute Tour

  • All Parts of Tour Are Wheelchair Accessible

  • Elevator Access Between Floors

  • Spacious Interior

  • Accessible Restrooms

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance

Website: http://www.thetouratnbcstudios.com/

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d537608-Reviews-The_Tour_at_NBC_Studios-New_York_City_New_York.html

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan (The Shop at NBC Studios)

Phone: (212) 664-3700

8) Rockefeller Center Tour

Widely considered to be one of the best tours in NYC, the Rockefeller Center Tour is a highlight for anyone interested in history, art, culture, architecture, or simply curious about the area’s rich background. Led by an expert historian or accompanied by an available personal headset, you will see and learn about the area’s greatest spaces, gardens, sculptures, and buildings.

The guided tour is completely accessible, although you should be sure to inform your tour guide if you prefer to go at a slower pace. The tour stays within the Rockefeller Center area, but it does require navigating a reasonable distance in total, so be ready to find a place to kick your feet up afterwards! The tour leaves from 30 Rockefeller Plaza every 30 minutes every day of the week (except at 6:00 and 6:30pm), and tickets cost $25 (tickets may be purchased in person or online in advance).

Accessibility:

  • All Parts of Tour Are Wheelchair Accessible

  • Elevator Access Between Floors

  • Spacious Interior

  • Accessible Restrooms

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance

Website: https://www.rockefellercenter.com/attractions/rockefeller-center-tour/

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d538187-Reviews-Rockefeller_Center_Tour-New_York_City_New_York.html

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan

Phone: (212) 698-2000

9) St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The country’s largest Catholic cathedral is a beautiful architectural edifice on Fifth Ave. The historic building was constructed for $2 Million during the Civil War and flaunts an enormous elegant rose window (26 feet wide), a 7,000 pipe organ, and a gorgeous pair of 330 feet tall spires.

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The entire Cathedral is fully accessible thanks to a flat, level, and spacious layout along with a ramp entrance from the 51st Street side. Entry to the church is free, although a $5 donation is suggested. Guided tours for groups of 10-60 persons are available Monday-Friday between 9:00am and 11:00am and between 1:30pm and 4:00pm and must be scheduled in advance email (pjfitton@saintpatrickscathedral.org). Public tours begin at 10:00am on scheduled days (check link below for schedule), are free, and usually take an hour.

Accessibility:

  • 60-minute Tour

  • All Parts of Tour Are Wheelchair Accessible

  • Spacious Interior

  • Accessible Restrooms

  • Area to Drop Off Passengers Immediately Outside Entrance

Website: https://saintpatrickscathedral.org/

Tour Schedule: https://saintpatrickscathedral.org/schedule-of-tours

TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60763-d136053-Reviews-St_Patrick_s_Cathedral-New_York_City_New_York.html

Phone: (212) 753-2261

Address: 460 Madison Avenue, Manhattan