There’s plenty of things to do and see when you take a bus to New York City, but there’s something truly unique about Rockefeller Center. Designed to be a “city within a city,” the historic landmark has been serving New York natives and visitors alike since the 1930s. And, though it’s an iconic stop during the holiday season, the Rockefeller Center is an excellent year-round destination. From arts and culture to shopping and recreation, it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring this 22-acre hot spot in the center of Midtown Manhattan.
NBC Studios Tour
NBC Studios is home to some of the most popular shows on TV, like Saturday Night Live, NBC Nightly News, America’s Got Talent, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallen. And, if you’d love to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how your favorite shows are made, the NBC Studio Tour is a must. While on the sixty-five-minute tour, you can about the television process, check out the NBC broadcast control room and different studios, and get the chance to produce your own show with fellow guests.
Shopping at the Rockefeller Center
Let’s face it, you can get your shopping fix almost anywhere in NYC, but Rockefeller center boast over 100 unique stores, many of which are destinations in and of themselves. Kids and kids at heart will love wandering around the new FAQ Schwarz location or Lego, American Girl, and Nintendo NY stores. Looking for something a bit more “grown up”? Rockefeller Center is home to several other popular stores, including Anthropologie, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co. Kate Spade New York
Radio City Music Hall
Nicknamed the “showplace of the nation,” Radio City Music Hall is one of the top venues in New York City and hosts musicians, comedians, and many other performance artists and groups (check out the events calendar here). It’s also home to the world-renowned Radio City Rockettes and their consistently popular Christmas Spectacular. Not in the mood for a show? Hop on one of the Radio City Hall guided tours and learn all about the history of this fabled music hall and New York landmark.
The Rink at Rockefeller
If you’re in New York City during the colder months, then you’ll definitely want to check out The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Open to the public, the rink serves as a great destination for young and old, whether you want to rent a pair of skates and hit the ice or simply watch as others skate by. Though the rink is typically open from October to April, things really get exciting the week after Thanksgiving and the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
New York is home to stunning skylines and picturesque views, and the view from atop the Rock Observation Deck is no exception. While there, you can take advantage of breathtaking and unobscured views of both Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. Though the observation deck is open to the public daily from 8 am to midnight, it’s a popular spot and you may want to consider making a reservation in advance. Not sure when you want to go? No problem. You can take an unscheduled tour. Immediate entry is not always available, but with so many things to do in Rockefeller Center, you’ll have no problem occupying your time while you wait.
New York Attractions Near Rockefeller Center
You can easily spend the day taking in all Rockefeller Center has to offer, but there’s also a lot of great attractions within walking distance. That makes it the perfect central meeting spot, particularly if you’re visiting with a group or charting a bus to New York City.
While visiting Rockefeller Center, you’ll be also be close to these popular destinations:
- The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Broadway Theater District
- New York Times Square.
Taking a bus to Rockefeller Center
There are lots of ways to get to New York City, but if you take a bus to Rockefeller Center you get to skip all the things you don’t want to do –worry about traffic, pay for parking, coordinate travel plans, etc. A Martz bus trip makes getting there easy. With routes to and from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York State, you can skip the hassle and go straight to the city. It’s the affordable, eco-friendly, and stress-free way to travel.
Getting from Port Authority to Rockefeller Center
Many New York City bus trips take passengers directly to the Port Authority, which is conveniently located on 8th Ave and West 42nd Street — a few quick blocks many New York favorites, including Rockefeller Center.
Quick Transportation Options to Rockefeller Center from Port Authority
- Subway: You can catch the subway from the Port Authority, making it an easy travel option. Just take the E Line to 5th Ave/53 Street. Once you exit the subway system, head northeast on E 53rd Street towards 5th Ave. Take a left on 5th Ave and then a right onto Rockefeller Plaza.
- Driving: Using the car service of your choice — Taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc. — you can get to the Rockefeller Center in about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Simply request to be dropped off at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY.
- Walking: If you prefer to take a stroll through the city, Rockefeller Center is a 22-minute walk from the Port Authority. Upon exiting the terminal, head southeast on West 40th Street, towards 8th Ave. Turn left onto 8th Ave, walk approximately .5 miles and turn right on W 49th Street. You’re almost there – just walk another .5 miles and turn left onto Rockefeller Plaza.
Chartering a Bus to Rockefeller Center
Thinking of visiting with a group of people? A charter bus is the way to go. You pick the pick-up and drop off location, and our drivers will do the rest. Chartering a bus to Rockefeller Center also allows you to enjoy the company of friends and family, both to and from your destination. And, since you can split costs with your traveling companions, its also an affordable way to check out all the city has to offer.