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One World Observatory

At an impressive height of 1776 feet – a tribute to the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed – One World Observatory is more than just an observation deck; it is a symbol of resilience and hope that fills the void left by Twin Towers

One World Observatory in a nutshell…

One World Observatory, located at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere - One World Trade Center, offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of New York City’s iconic skyline.

Location: Lower Manhattan at West and Vesey Streets corner.

Transportation: Visitors can reach there using public transportation like subway or bus from Midtown Manhattan or PATH train from Northern New Jersey. Parking for those driving is available at SP+ Parking nearby.

Tickets: Options start from $44 for adults with options including Standard General Admission Tickets, Combination Tickets and All-Inclusive Tickets. Book online to skip the lines . There are also full-day tour tickets  that include visits around Midtown, Financial District ending with a pre-reserved ticket to One World Observatory!

Opening Times: The observatory opens its doors every day from 09:00 until 21:00 with last admission one hour before closing time. For clear panoramic vistas of New York and beyond visit during daylight hours when the city’s landmarks stand out distinctly against a backdrop of blue skies!

Set your sights on an unforgettable experience as you explore One World Observatory, perched atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere - One World Trade Center. In less than a minute, ascend to dizzying heights and feast your eyes on a 360-degree panorama of New York City’s iconic skyline. From Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn Bridge, from Statue of Liberty to far beyond, witness it all from this spectacular vantage point.

At an impressive height of 1776 feet – a tribute to the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed – One World Observatory is more than just an observation deck; it is a symbol of resilience and hope that fills the void left by Twin Towers. Spread across three levels, covering over 125,000 square feet (100th-102nd floors), there is plenty for visitors to explore within this towering marvel.

View from One World Observatory
From the One World Observatory, the eye stretches across Manhattan, taking in a breathtaking aerial view of New York City’s dense, vibrant urban landscape, framed by the Hudson River and stretching to the far reaches of the boroughs.

The ride up alone is an adventure with Sky Pod Elevators transporting guests at speeds up to 23 mph. Once you reach your destination above sky-high traffic and bustling streets below, be ready for awe-inspiring views stretching up to 45 miles in every direction! The building’s modern design offers unobstructed views making it truly a skydeck where you are surrounded by nothing but azure firmament.

Practical Information

Before embarking on this exhilarating journey upwards, it’s important that we arm you with some practical information about visiting One World Observatory. Let us guide you through everything from its location down on earth right up until your ascension into cloud nine!

Location

Nestled in Lower Manhattan at West and Vesey Streets corner stands The One World Trade Center Building housing The One World Observatory.

Enter through its main entrance located on West Street.

How to get there

Navigating your way through the city that never sleeps can be a daunting task. But don’t worry! We have got you covered with comprehensive transportation details, whether you prefer the subway, bus or something else entirely.

For more information, you might want to check out our articles about New York City transportation or figuring out the best MetroCard for your needs.

Subway

The subway is a very comfortable way to reach the One World Observatory. From Midtown Manhattan reach One World Trade Center using following routes:

  • West Side (8th Ave./Columbus Circle/Port Authority Bus Terminal/Penn Station): A, C – Chambers St., E – World Trade Center
  • West Side (7th Ave./Times Square/Penn Station): 1 – WTC Cortlandt St., 2, 3 – Fulton St.
  • West Side (Times Square/Broadway/Herald Square): R, W – Cortlandt St.
  • East Side (Grand Central Station): 4, 5 – Fulton St.

Bus

Buses too are a convenient option from Midtown Manhattan:

  • West Side (7th Ave./Columbus Circle/Times Square/Penn Station): M20 (South Ferry) - Vesey St./north End Ave.
  • 5th Ave./ny Public Library/flatiron: M55 (South Ferry) - Broadway St./Cortlandt St.

PATH Train

For those coming from Northern New Jersey here are some route options with the PATH Train:

  • Hoboken Terminal: Connect from NJ Transit
  • Jersey City (Journal Square, Newport)
  • Newark (Newark Penn Station; Connect from NJ Transit)

Sightseeing Bus

If you’re looking for a more leisurely and scenic journey to the Observatory consider hop-on hop-off buses. They offer flexible schedules and stop at major attractions making it perfect for tourists who want an overview of the city while reaching their destination.

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Driving

Though driving in New York City can be challenging, there is a nearby parking lot at SP+ Parking in the adjacent Brookfield Place shopping center and office complex across West Street from One World Observatory.

Tickets

Embarking on this sky-high journey needs a ticket. Whether you are an early bird or prefer to keep things flexible, we have options that cater to your needs. Let’s explore what these tickets offer:

Standard General Admission Tickets:

Priced starting at $44 for an adult (plus taxes and processing fees), these tickets come with a timed entry which is specified while purchasing online.

Combination Tickets

Starting at $55 for adults (plus applicable fees), these tickets offer priority access to security checks and elevators along with a timed entry reducing your wait time.

All-Inclusive Tickets

These flexible tickets starting at $65 per adult (plus applicable charges) allow you to choose a 3-4 hour window for entry. They include priority access and $15 off on purchases from cafe, bar, restaurant or gift shop.

Day Tour with Visit to One World Observatory

To make the most of your day in NYC, consider taking up this full-day tour that includes visits around Midtown, the 9/11 Memorial & Financial District ending with a pre-reserved ticket to One World Observatory!

Explore Ground Zero and One World Observatory

While visiting the historic site, embark on a comprehensive tour of Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial. This guided journey allows you to explore the significant locations of the former World Trade Center in New York City, providing insights into the profound events of September 11, 2001.

The tour includes priority access to the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, where you can reflect on the narratives and artifacts that document this pivotal moment in history. Conclude your visit with an ascent to the One World Observatory, where breathtaking panoramic views of the city await.

Entrance with Tourist Passes

Enhance your New York City experience with tourist passes that grant entry to the One World Observatory and other major attractions.

These passes provide excellent value and flexibility, perfect for those looking to explore the city extensively.

With options for adjustable timing and bundled access to various sites, these passes are designed for travelers eager to discover more for less. Enjoy the freedom to visit multiple landmarks at a reduced rate, making every moment of your NYC adventure both economical and memorable.

New York Sightseeing Pass

The New York Sightseeing Day Pass offers an exceptional value for visitors looking to explore the city’s most beloved attractions. This discount pass allows you unlimited access to nearly all of New York’s top sites over a set number of days. Opting for the Sightseeing Day Pass not only costs less than purchasing individual tickets but also eliminates any additional expenses at the attractions.

New York City Explorer Pass

The Go New York Explorer Pass offers a flexible and cost-effective way to experience over 90 top attractions, tours, and activities in New York City. With this pass, you can select the number of sights you wish to visit, all bundled into one affordable price.

The New York Pass

Access over 100 attractions, including One World Observatory. It’s perfect for those who want to see as much as possible, offering up to 50% savings on entry fees.

Opening Times

One World Observatory opens its doors every day from 09:00 until 21:00 allowing visitors ample time to soak in stunning views of New York City’s skyline. Do remember that the last admission is one hour before closing time!

Best time to visit

For crystal clear panoramic vistas of New York and beyond visit during daylight hours when city's landmarks stand out distinctly against the backdrop of blue skies!

What to Expect at the One World Observatory

Upon entering the One World Observatory, you will embark on an immersive journey that showcases New York’s iconic skyline from an unrivaled vantage point. This unique experience offers far more than just spectacular views; it also provides a deeper understanding of New York City’s past, present and future through interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations.

From lightning-fast Sky Pods elevators to digital skyline guides, every aspect of your visit is designed to astound and inspire. Here’s a glimpse into what awaits you at this remarkable destination.

Sky Pods

These aren’t your ordinary lifts. The Sky Pods at One World Observatory are specially designed for rapid ascents, accommodating up to 15 people per ride. In just 47 seconds, they whizz you up all the way to the 102nd floor! As you zoom upwards, enjoy a captivating time-lapse video showing how New York’s skyline has evolved over centuries.

See Forever Theatre

Your journey continues in the See Forever Theatre where a two-minute video introduces you to the vibrant cityscape that is New York.

Once the screen lifts, prepare for a breathtaking sight: The vast expanse of New York City sprawls out before your eyes! Unlike other observatories like Empire State Building or Top of Rock which have outdoor decks, here you’ll stay cozy indoors while enjoying panoramic views.

One World Observation Deck

After soaking in cinematic views in See Forever Theatre, step onto the observation deck on level 100. As you descend two flights of stairs from level 102, prepare yourself for an awe-inspiring sight: A full-fledged view encompassing not only New York but also neighboring New Jersey!

On this deck is another marvel - The Sky Portal. Stand atop this glass circle and peer down below; there lies the city bustling with life – hundred stories beneath!

Visitors enjoying the view from One World Observatory
Visitors at the One World Observatory are captivated by the panoramic views, peering out over the vast cityscape of New York City, with the iconic bridges and rivers laid out beneath them.

Digital Skyline Guide

To enhance your viewing experience, One World Observatory offers a Digital Skyline Guide. This interactive iPad guide allows you to explore city landmarks in a unique way.

As you move from window to window, the view on the screen follows along. Tap on any label and virtually fly towards it while hearing fascinating stories about each site! This feature is also included in the Skip-the-Line Combination ticket which is perfect for those short on time but eager for a rich experience.

Tips to Visit the One World Observatory

  • The elevator ride up is an integral part of the fun at One World Observatory.
  • Since the observation deck is located in Lower Manhattan, views over the harbor, bridges and Statue of Liberty are better visible during daytime than at night.
  • The observatory being completely indoors makes it ideal for individuals with acrophobia (fear of heights).
  • It’s always wise to check weather forecasts beforehand to avoid cloudy or foggy days that might obstruct your view.
  • Dark clothes are recommended if you plan on getting photos against the glass as they help reduce glare.
  • Be prepared for airport-like security checks before entering.
  • Early morning or late evening visits can help bypass long queues. Meal times generally have lighter traffic too.
  • If you’re planning to stay longer, consider arriving late afternoon and staying into evening; this lets you enjoy both day and night views!
  • While they do offer professional photography services onsite, feel free to decline if not interested.
  • High-speed elevators might cause ear discomfort due to rapid change in altitude; chewing gum or sucking candies can help relieve this pressure.
  • Most visitors find carrying around optional iPads more cumbersome than helpful; consider skipping unless necessary for accessibility reasons.
  • Cameras are allowed within premises but recording devices or tripods aren’t permitted.
  • Outside food and beverages aren’t permitted within premises.
  • Strollers are permitted but need to be folded during elevator rides and while using escalators.

Accessibility

One World Observatory is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience for all its guests. All areas of the venue – including retail shop, restaurant, café, bathrooms – are designed to accommodate wheelchair users or those who require special services.

The observatory staff is always on hand to assist with access throughout the attraction but they’re not permitted to lift guests in and out of their mobility devices.

For any accommodations or queries related to accessibility, visit the Guest Services office before the security checkpoint upon arrival. Alternatively, you can reach out directly via contact details provided on the One World Observatory’s official website .

In line with One World Observatory’s ongoing commitment towards satisfying all aspects of guest experience, every exhibit and amenity within premises is made accessible for individuals with disabilities. For any assistance required - auxiliary aids or services - feel free to contact Guest Services in advance at (844) 696-1776.

Wheelchair users will find One World Observatory easily accessible. An accessible pick-up/drop-off point along West Street north of Vesey Street lets you proceed directly towards West Plaza Entrance. Another convenient option is accessing the observatory from inside the World Trade Center Oculus.

Frequently Asked Questions

One World Observatory is an observation deck located at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Covering over 125,000 square feet across three levels (100th-102nd floors), it offers breathtaking 360-degree views of New York City’s skyline and beyond.

The Observatory is located in Lower Manhattan at West and Vesey Streets corner.

You can reach there using public transportation - subway, bus or PATH train from Northern New Jersey.

If you prefer driving, parking is available at SP+ Parking nearby. However, given minimal availability of on-street parking, use of public transport is highly recommended.

Yes! The observatory provides a family-friendly experience suitable for all ages with its captivating views and interactive exhibits.

Yes! Strollers are permitted but must be folded up during elevator rides and while using escalators within the premises.

Guests of all ages are welcome at One World Observatory; its attractions cater to a wide age group making it ideal for families or individuals alike.

Pets aren’t permitted within premises except service animals/service animals in training or police/certified assistance animals accompanied by a qualified handler on official business.

Yes! Visitors can choose from casual café fare to fine-dining experiences at ONE Dine accessible only to ticketed guests.

Outside food or beverages aren’t permitted within premises.

One World Observatory accepts Credit Card (AMEX, Visa, Master Card, Discover), and contactless payments. It operates as a cashless entity but provides onsite reverse ATMs for cash conversions.

Tickets are non-refundable. They must be used on the date/time listed.

However, the See Forever Commitment allows you to return on a good day in case of poor visibility.

Yes. Restrooms are located throughout One World Observatory - on all three levels as well as in the exit lobby.

Current ticket packages including: Standard, Combination All-Inclusive and Mastercard VIP Tour tickets are only valid for one-time admission. Re-entry isn’t permitted.

Yes. The ‘Gallery’ on level 100 offers premium gift items designed exclusively by and for One World Observatory.

No, smoking isn’t permitted anywhere within the observatory including West Plaza.

No, it’s not affiliated with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum although both sites are located close by in Lower Manhattan.

Where to Stay Near One World Trade Center

Staying near One World Trade Center while visiting New York City has its own set of advantages. The most obvious one being proximity to other major attractions like Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Wall Street among others; all conveniently accessible through excellent subway connections.

Being at the city’s financial heart means easy availability of services - from food outlets serving delectable cuisines around the clock to numerous shopping options including luxury brands' outlets.

Given lower Manhattan’s historic significance along with modern amenities provided by its revitalization post-9/11 makes it an attractive choice for stay. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie or shopaholic, Downtown Manhattan caters to all!

Food and Drinks at the One World Observatory

Indulge your taste buds at ONE Dine, offering an unforgettable dining experience atop One World Trade Center. With its New York themed menu, whether it’s a cocktail, bar snack or gourmet meal you seek - there’s something for everyone! Do remember that access to the restaurant requires an Observatory ticket along with dinner reservation.

For lighter snacks or beverages head over to One Mix cocktail bar or One Café serving coffee and tea along with small bites.

More Observation Decks in New York City

New York City’s skyline is best experienced from its various observation decks each offering unique vistas:

  • Summit One Vanderbilt: features glass-floor ledges and immersive installations presenting dramatic views of cityscape
  • Empire State Building: provides classic views of NYC along with rich historical context
  • Top of the Rock: allows breathtaking sight of Central Park framed by towering skyscrapers on either side
  • Edge: boasts Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor sky deck adding adrenaline rush to the sightseeing endeavor

Visiting these observation decks gives not just stunning views but also a panoramic experience of NYC’s landscape. Book tickets with us for exclusive deals ensuring an unbeatable experience at the city’s top viewing points!

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Other Nearby Attractions

Located in prime location downtown, One World Observatory is surrounded by numerous other attractions making it perfect base for exploring New York City. Some notable ones include:

One World Trade Center

Standing tall as Western Hemisphere’s tallest building at 1776 feet (symbolizing the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed), this architectural marvel fills the void left by Twin Towers post 9/11 attacks.

National 9/11 Memorial and Museum

This poignant tribute commemorates nearly 3000 people killed in terror attacks on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.

The Memorial consists of two reflecting pools marking the footprint of Twin Towers while the Museum displays artifacts associated with events of 9/11.

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St. Paul’s Chapel

This oldest surviving church building in Manhattan served as a relief center post-9/11 attacks providing meals, counseling and prayer services for recovery workers at Ground Zero.

The Oculus

This transportation hub-cum-shopping center is known for its distinctive architecture resembling a dove in flight designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.

Battery Park

Nestled at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, this 25-acre green space offers stunning views over Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along with several memorials, gardens and playgrounds within its premises.

Statue of Liberty

A symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States by France in 1886. Standing at Liberty Island, it represents universal liberty and is accessible by ferry. The statue also features a museum which provides insight into its history and significance.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Practical Information
  3. What to Expect at the One World Observatory
  4. Tips to Visit the One World Observatory
  5. Accessibility
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Where to Stay Near One World Trade Center
  8. Food and Drinks at the One World Observatory
  9. More Observation Decks in New York City
  10. Other Nearby Attractions