The Beam at the Top of the Rock

The Beam at the Top of the Rock 

Recreate history 70 stories up at the Beam Experience at the Top of the Rock in New York City.  

The premier observation deck in New York City has launched an experience to relive the iconic photo “Lunch atop a Skyscraper,” of 11 iron workers eating their lunch precariously balanced atop a steel beam, 69 stories high. It is said the photo was taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Strap into the Beam and look out at the views as they might have seen them.  

For FAQs about the Beam Experience, click here. 

The Top of the Rock  

The Top of the Rock stands on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and features three levels of indoor and outdoor observation decks. Stroll throughout and experience incredible views of the city like you’ve never seen them before. Terraces face east, west, north, and south, giving visitors an unobstructed 360-degree view of New York City.  

The Top of the Rock is currently under renovation in order to bring exciting new additions to the observation decks, however, many areas are still open.  


9:00 am – 11: pm daily  

The last entry is at 10:10 pm  


Ticket prices for General Admission to the Top of the Rock are as follows:  

Adults (ages 13+): $40.00 – $55.00 

Child (ages 6-12): $34.00 – $49.00 

Senior (ages 62+): $38.00 – $53.00 

Children under 5 years old are free. 

The Beam Experience is an additional $25.00 

Prices vary depending on the time of day, with morning and afternoon reservations being the more inexpensive option and evening reservations more costly.   

top of the rock now and then

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Take Amtrak to the Beam at the Top of the Rock

Experience this piece of history via Amtrak to Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in New York City—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!