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Published June 5th 2011
If you remember the episodes of Seinfeld where Jerry and George were attempting to sell a pilot to NBC, you may remember some interior shots of a lobby area and a producer's office. Or, if you watch the popular comedy 30 Rock, you may see scenes taking place in NBC Studio offices Now, you can see that lobby area and possibly some offices (the real ones, the ones on the TV shows may be a soundstage set) as well as other places in the NBC studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. All you have to do is take the NBC Studio Tour. This tour has been in operation since 1933. It is as popular today as it ever was, so you don't want to miss it. The tour is, of course, at the NBC Studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
How to get there; when to get there
If you're staying close to Rockefeller Plaza, take a leisurely stroll to the NBC Experience Store. That's where the tour begins. Just make sure you leave yourself enough time to arrive on time for your tour. If you want to take the subway (an adventure in itself), you can use any of these lines: Just look for the one closest to you, take note of the station that is nearest Rockefeller Plaza, (corner of 49th Street and 5th Avenue) and hop aboard. You can also take a taxi or bus, or drive if you'd like. Just keep in mind that parking is at a premium in Manhattan, and, of course, there's the infamous NYC traffic.
The tour departs every fifteen minutes between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM Monday-Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, tours depart every fifteen minutes between 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Sunday tour times are every fifteen minutes between 9:15 AM and 4:30 PM.
What to see and do
On your NBC Studios Tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, you'll see the NBC Sharp Globe Theater, Broadcast Operations, the Make-up Room, and get a peek backstage at some of the most well-known studios. For added fun, you'll get to produce your own news and weather program in the High Definition Mini-Control Studio. Kids should really enjoy this part.
What it costs
Admission is $20 for adults; $17 for children ages 6-12. Unfortunately, children under 6 years old are not permitted on the tour. Senior admission is $17; and there are different prices for group tours. Contact NBC online for group tour prices.