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The Best Ways to Spend a Day at Rockefeller Center

Midtown is packed with skyscrapers, restaurants, museums, and just about every other attraction that one could possibly think up, but nothing quite compares to Rockefeller Center. This enormous collection of buildings, concourses, and retail stores is one that can easily fill your day and nights with adventure. Rounded up below is our advice for what to check out next time you’re in the area. It’s easy to spend a day at Rockefeller Center…what’s difficult is only spending a day at Rockefeller. 

Best of Rockefeller Center: Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock is at the top of our list when it comes to Rockefeller Center activities. This beloved observation deck is one of the best New York City has to offer with both indoor and outdoor views of Manhattan. Visitors can explore the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors during their experience, enjoying the Breezeway, the Radiance Wall, the Sky Shuttle, the Theatre, and the Beam Walk along the way. 30 Rockefeller Ctr., 212-698-2000, topoftherocknyc.com

Best of Rockefeller Center: Nintendo NY

Anyone who has ever held a controller (and that’s everyone, isn’t it?) will find the 10,000 square feet of Nintendo NY impressive, to say the least. This enormous store is filled with games, accessories, apparel, and collectibles. You can even try your hand at interactive game demos within the store if you’re looking to have some fun and don’t mind the audience that’s bound to form. 10 Rockefeller Plz., 646-459-0800, nintendonyc.com

Best of Rockefeller Center: NBC Studio Tour

NBC Studios is home to some of the most iconic television shows to ever air, and you can now enjoy an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the famed studios on the NBC Studio Tour. Guests are guided through various studios, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-664-3700, rockefellecenter.com

Best of Rockefeller Center: The Concourse

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The Concourse at Rockefeller Center is a complete network of stores that are located underground, connecting every building in Rockefeller Center and extending to Seventh Ave. Blue Bottle Coffee, Jacques Torres, Tri Tip Grill, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop are some of the dining options located in the Concourse. Brookstone, Swarovski Crystals, and Ann Taylor make up a few of the retail stores. Underground Rockefeller Plaza, rockefellercenter.com

Best of Rockefeller Center: FDNY Fire Zone

The FDNY Fire Zone is one of New York City’s most interactive learning centers. This kid-friendly space turns fire-safety into a fun yet educational experience with hands-on exhibits, multimedia presentations, and a simulated fire scene. You can climb on a fire truck, try on bunker gear, and even meet a real firefighter during your visit — also making the FDNY Fire Zone a great spot to take kids. 34 W. 51st St., 212-698-4520, fdnysmart.org

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