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A few weeks ago, we went to the Top of the Rock! My kids kept wondering what “the rock” was because their understanding of a rock is a rock…like from the ground. So, we tried our best to describe it as a really tall building! Brooke understood, Blake couldn’t care less and Eddie was desperately trying to escape any way he could figure out how. Sooo, that’s pretty much how our evening went.
Here are a few photos we snapped from the top! We were the only family with little little kids there, so we felt a little out of place, but we’re getting really good at standing out instead of blending in. And all the blue shirts we were wearing was a total coincidence. Ha!! Get more details and recommendations at the bottom of this post, as usual 🙂
We kept trying to point out different things that our kids would recognize like the World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge and the Empire State Building. Brooke was into it, but Blake kept saying things like “Look mom, a crane! ANOTHER CRANE OVER THERE TOO!” Glad to see things never change with this little son of mine.
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Even though its a hassle for me to take the subway alone with all three kids, it is so darn convenient with all 5 of us. And cheap!! I am the biggest subway convert everrrrr. Use the subway to get here! The stop brings you right here. Hardly any walking needed.
Be sure to stop at the Lego Store (and Bouchon Bakery…and the J.Crew) at Rockefeller Center too. I’m so excited to come back to skate here around Christmas!! Classic.
You have to purchase tickets to come to the Top of the Rock in advance. The first time I came was at 8am; the first available time to come. If you don’t like crowds, this is the best time to come. These tickets we got were for 7:15pm and it was busy. I tried to get some tickets closer to sunset, but they were sold out. Depending on what you want your photos to look like, you can definitely fit this into your schedule when you’re visiting NYC. ALSO! If you purchase tickets and its raining or the visibility is awful, they will reschedule you to come back another day for free 🙂
Like I mentioned before, my backpack has been a lifesaver. I always need two hands available and can’t manage a purse on my shoulder. This is the perfect size for everything I need to carry around: diapers, wipes, snacks, wallet, sanitizer galore, bandaids, etc. Typical mom stuff.
Oh, and Rockefeller Center is right beside Radio City Music Hall. The entrance for Top of the Rock is on the same shared side street as Radio City Music Hall…down the sidewalk from J.Crew on W 50th 😉