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Visitors enjoying the view from Summit One

Summit One Vanderbilt

Summit One Vanderbilt is your gateway to an unparalleled view of Manhattan from one of its most impressive skyscrapers. With three levels dedicated solely for breathtaking vistas, this observation deck isn't just about seeing but experiencing New York in all its glory.

Summit One Vanderbilt in a nutshell…

Summit One Vanderbilt Observation Deck offers visitors an immersive multi-sensory experience high above the New York City skyline within one of the tallest skyscrapers.

Location: Summit One is within the One Vanderbilt skyscraper right next Grand Central Terminal.

Transportation: Easily accessible by subway, buses or even Metro-North trains arriving directly to Grand Central Terminal.

Tickets: Tickets start at $42 adults $33 youth with additional options available. It’s advisable to book online  to secure a spot and avoid the lines.

Opening Hours: Open from 09:00 AM until midnight except Tuesdays with last entry accepted 90 minutes prior closing

Get ready to be thrilled as you soar above the city that never sleeps. Step into the glass elevator of Summit One Vanderbilt Observation Deck and let your heart race as it whisks you a whopping 1,000 feet high. With mesmerizing views of iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, prepare for an unforgettable experience filled with awe-inspiring sights and interactive art installations.

View from Summit One
View from the Summit One Vanderbilt with the Empire State Building taking center stage and One World Observatory visible in the distant skyline.

As the newest addition to Manhattan’s observation decks, Summit One Vanderbilt takes sightseeing up several notches higher—literally and figuratively. Housed within three topmost floors of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Manhattan (and among the top 30 worldwide), it offers a multi-sensory adventure highlighted by stunning art installations, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and undoubtedly massive city views.

While other observation decks like One World Observatory or Top Of The Rock may offer similar panoramas, none can match the immersive experience at Summit One Vanderbilt which debuted last October 21st, 2021.

Practical Information

To make your visit seamless and enjoyable here are some practical details about visiting this sky-high spectacle. From how to get there via various modes of transportation to ticket options suitable for every type of traveler’s preference and budget.

Location

Summit One Vanderbilt is nestled within Midtown Manhattan at the One Vanderbilt skyscraper, right next to the Grand Central Terminal. There are three access points for convenience:

  1. The Transit Hall entrance at One Vanderbilt located at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd St.
  2. A street-level entrance at 45 East 42nd Street.
  3. Through the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal.

How to Get There

Given its strategic location near Grand Central Terminal, reaching Summit One Vanderbilt is a breeze from virtually any part of New York City using public transportation like subways and buses.

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 closest subway lines include the 4,5,6,7 and Shuttle operating from Grand Central - 42nd Street Station.

Bus

If you prefer commuting via bus service around NYC, you can take M101, M102, M103, M1,M2,M3,M4,Q32 or even M42.

Metro-North

Travelers coming from nearby suburbs can conveniently reach Summit One with Metro-North taking the Hudson, Harlem or New Haven lines that arrive directly at Grand Central Terminal.

Sightseeing Bus

For those looking to explore more of NYC’s landmarks on their way to Summit One Vanderbilt observation deck without any hassle may find hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses very convenient as they stop at major tourist attractions including this one.

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Driving

Although driving in Manhattan can be a challenge due to heavy traffic and pricey parking fees we recommend public transportation instead.

If you must drive however there are paid parking garages available in the area with varying rates and space availability depending on time and day

Tickets

The starting ticket price for general admission is $46, with a reduced rate of $40 for children. Additionally, visitors have the option to enhance their experience by adding extras such as a signature cocktail or the Ascent experience, which features a ride in a glass elevator.

We advise purchasing tickets online in advance especially during peak seasons, weekends or holidays as they tend to sell out quickly particularly sunset tickets and Summit Ascent experiences.

Manhattan Walking Tour with Visit to Summit One

Discover Midtown Manhattan on a guided walking tour that culminates with a visit to Summit One Vanderbilt for panoramic views of the city’s iconic skyline. Highlights include Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios, 5th Avenue, and Grand Central Terminal, before experiencing breathtaking views from 1,200 feet above the city.

Grand Central Private Tour with Visit to Summit One

Experience a private tour of Grand Central Terminal, exploring its stunning architecture, vibrant food scene, and secret spots. Highlights include the famous four-faced clock and opulent decor. The tour concludes with entry to Summit One Vanderbilt, where you’ll enjoy a multi-sensory museum experience and spectacular views of the New York skyline.

Opening Times

Summit One Vanderbilt is open from 09:00 AM until midnight except on Tuesdays with last entry being accepted 90 minutes prior to closing time. These operational hours may vary depending on season and day of the week so it’s best to check ahead before planning your visit.

Best Time To Visit

Daytime visits are ideal for taking Instagram-worthy pictures thanks to perfect lighting conditions and an excellent view over Central Park but remember your sunglasses due to the bright sunlight reflecting off the mirrors.

If you prefer a more intense ‘Air’ art experience, evening visits are recommended when different colors come alive accompanied by soothing sounds making an already impressive cityscape even more magical. The best time however would be approximately an hour before sunset giving you a chance to witness how this attraction transforms from day into night each offering distinct views and experiences.

What to Expect at Summit One Vanderbilt

This is no ordinary observation deck, but rather an immersive experience that combines stunning views with extraordinary art installations by renowned artist Kenzo Digital. Get ready to be enthralled by the panoramic vistas of New York City and engage with interactive exhibits that will leave you spellbound.

As you explore, you’ll find yourself in four uniquely designed spaces, each providing a different perspective on the city below. From mirror-filled rooms that multiply your view, to sky boxes projecting over Madison Avenue and floating silver balloons enhancing your selfies - every corner of Summit One Vanderbilt offers something special. Whether it’s your first time in New York or if you’re a seasoned local, this is one attraction that promises to show you the city from an entirely new angle.

1. Transcendence 1

Your adventure begins with stepping into ‘Transcendence 1’, where mirrors cover the floors and ceilings creating an infinity effect for some incredible photo opportunities. The room features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Queens, Brooklyn, the Empire State Building, Lower Manhattan and Hudson Yards adding depth to your viewing experience.

Visitors enjoying Transcendence at Summit One
In the ‘Transcendence 1’ installation at Summit One Vanderbilt you can enjoy a mesmerizing array of mirrors that creates infinite reflections, that enhance the sense of space and offer a unique perspective of the city skyline.

Reflect

If you feel overwhelmed by all there is to see and do here in this mirrored wonderland then take a breather in ‘Reflect’. This quieter space gives guests a chance to absorb their surroundings without any distractions.

Affinity

Continuing along the path takes visitors into ‘Affinity’, another mirrored room filled with hundreds of floating silver balloons which makes for unique selfie backgrounds! As well as offering views across Central Park and Uptown Manhattan through its glass walls.

2.Transcendence 2

The second level brings visitors above Transcendence 1 allowing them to look down onto their previous location through circular portals created in its floor.

Transcendence 2 at Summit One
From ‘Transcendence 2’ you can gaze down through to the areas you have explored before.

Levitation

For those who don’t suffer from vertigo, ‘Levitation’ is a must-visit. These two glass-floored overhangs offer astonishing views of Madison Avenue and the city streets below, adding an extra thrill to your Summit One Vanderbilt experience.

Unity

Before moving on, take a moment to scan your wristband and see your face projected into the clouds in ‘Unity’, another unique installation within this observation deck.

3. Aprés

The third level, known as ‘Aprés’, serves as an indoor lounge complete with an outdoor terrace and bar. Here visitors can relax while savoring snacks or drinks available for purchase whilst admiring the magnificent view of Manhattan behind a glass-paneled wall.

4. Ascent

Finally, if you’ve purchased additional tickets for ‘Ascent’, prepare to be whisked away in two external glass elevators up to the highest point of One Vanderbilt building. This short but exhilarating ride offers even more sweeping views across New York City.

Tips To Visit The Summit One Vanderbilt

Before embarking on your journey through Summit One Vanderbilt, here are some insider tips that will enhance your visit:

  • Take it slow and spend at least an hour and a half exploring all that Summit One has to offer.
  • Daytime visits provide excellent views of Central Park.
  • Sunglasses are recommended due to the bright environment created by reflective surfaces.
  • Dress appropriately! Due to mirrored floors throughout Summit, pants or shorts are advised instead of dresses or skirts.
  • Make use of restrooms located on each floor - they boast arguably the best views in town!
  • Remember not to rush through each level as once you move higher you won’t be permitted back down.
  • Wear comfortable shoes: Stilettos and other footwear which may damage flooring aren’t allowed.

Accessibility

Summit One Vanderbilt ensures accessibility for all its guests:

Wheelchairs

The entire venue is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Strollers

Foldable strollers and carriages can be brought into Summit One Vanderbilt but must be collapsed for entry into elevators.

Sight And Sound

Guests who may find the audiovisual components overstimulating can request ear plugs or sunglasses.

Guided Assistance

Visually impaired guests or those with hearing impairments can request sighted guides or American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters by contacting the venue three weeks before their visit.

Service Animals

While pets and emotional support animals aren’t permitted, service animals and service animals-in-training are welcome. However, caution is advised when walking these animals on mirrored or glass floors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. The mirrored rooms of Transcendence 1 and 2 are a very unique experience. There is really nothing else like it in Manhattan.

And with three different levels and multiple rooms with different experiences, there is a lot to do here.

Allow 2 to 3 hours for the entire experience. Depending on crowd levels, it could take 30 minutes or longer just to get through security and ride the elevator to the SUMMIT.

If you plan your visit for sunset, budget more time, so that you have enough time to take in the view in both daylight and once the lights illuminate NYC.

There are no lockers or luggage storage for the SUMMIT. Large bags, backpacks, and luggage are not permitted, so you will need to store these elsewhere before your visit.

Selfie sticks, tripods or monopods longer than 12 inches fully extended, and commercial photo equipment are not permitted.

Summit One Vanderbilt is located in Midtown Manhattan at the One Vanderbilt skyscraper, right next to the Grand Central Terminal.

You can reach Summit One Vanderbilt easily through various public transportation options like subways (4,5,6,7 and Shuttle from Grand Central - 42nd Street Station), buses (M101, M102, M103,M1,M2,M3,M4,Q32 or M42), Metro-North (Hudson, Harlem or New Haven lines that arrive directly at Grand Central Terminal) or sightseeing buses.

If you’re driving, there are paid parking garages available in the area.

Summit One Vanderbilt is open from 09:00 AM until midnight except on Tuesdays with last entry being accepted 90 minutes prior to closing time.

These operational hours may vary depending on season and day of the week so it’s best to check ahead before planning your visit.

Daytime visits provide excellent views over Central Park while evening visits offer an intense ‘Air’ art experience with different colors coming alive accompanied by soothing sounds making an already impressive cityscape even more magical.

The ideal time would be approximately an hour before sunset giving you a chance to witness how this attraction transforms from day into night each offering distinct views and experiences.

You can expect an immersive multi-sensory experience with stunning views of New York City and interactive art installations by renowned artist Kenzo Digital spread across four uniquely designed spaces.

Due to mirrored floors throughout Summit, pants or shorts are advised instead of dresses or skirts. Also, stilettos and other footwear which may damage the flooring aren’t allowed.

Yes, the entire venue is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Foldable strollers and carriages can be brought into Summit One Vanderbilt but must be collapsed for entry into elevators.

While pets and emotional support animals aren’t permitted, service animals and service-animals-in-training are welcome. However, caution is advised when walking these animals on mirrored or glass floors.

Visually impaired guests or those with hearing impairments can request sighted guides or American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters by contacting the venue three weeks before their visit.

Where To Stay Near Summit One Vanderbilt

Staying near Summit One Vanderbilt comes with several benefits that can greatly enhance your New York City experience. First off, its central location puts you right at the heart of Manhattan’s bustling Midtown district which is renowned for its vast array of dining options from high-end restaurants serving international cuisine to local eateries offering classic New York street food.

In addition to having immediate access to this spectacular observation deck itself where you can enjoy breathtaking city views any time of day especially during sunrise or sunset when they’re most dramatic staying close by also means being within walking distance from some of NYC’s top attractions such as Times Square, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, the Museum Of Modern Art, and more.

More Observation Decks in New York City

New York City’s skyline is best experienced from its various observation decks. Each offers unique vistas and experiences.

Visiting these decks provides not just breathtaking views but also a panoramic experience of New York City’s vast landscape. Be sure to book your tickets online for exclusive deals and an unbeatable experience at New York City's top observation points.

One World Observatory

Housed atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, this observatory provides 360-degree views of the city and beyond. Its ‘Sky Portal’ feature gives a real-time view of streets below through a circular disc on the floor.

Empire State Building

Offers classic New York City views and a rich history. The open-air observatories on 86th and 102nd floors provide uninterrupted panoramas of Manhattan’s iconic landscape.

Top of The Rock

Located at Rockefeller Center, this multi-level observation deck presents sweeping views towards Uptown with Central Park as focal point or Downtown showcasing the Empire State Building along with other skyscrapers.

Edge

The highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere for those looking to add an adrenaline rush to their sightseeing. Its glass floor extends outwards providing thrilling perspectives over Hudson Yards neighborhood below.

Other Nearby Attractions

Summit One Vanderbilt is in a prime location and close to many other attractions. Situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, it’s surrounded by iconic landmarks and cultural institutions that are must-visits for any New York City traveler. Here’s a chance to continue exploring the vibrant city after your visit to Summit.

Grand Central Terminal

Just steps away from Summit One Vanderbilt, Grand Central Terminal is not just a transportation hub but an architectural masterpiece.

With its stunning Beaux-Arts facade, celestial ceiling mural, and bustling marketplaces offering everything from gourmet food to unique souvenirs - this iconic site is worth exploring.

Bryant Park

A peaceful oasis amid NYC’s skyscrapers, Bryant Park offers year-round activities from outdoor movie screenings during summer months to ice-skating in winter.

The park also boasts beautiful gardens, chess tables, reading rooms and eateries making it a perfect spot for relaxation or people-watching.

New York Public Library

Home to nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world.

Its flagship branch on Fifth Avenue features stunning architecture inside out with its iconic lions guarding entrance while housing vast collections of books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, prints, and rare items.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This towering neo-Gothic cathedral stands out amidst modern buildings along Fifth Avenue as a testament of historical religious significance featuring intricate stained glass windows, marble altars and bronze doors, providing spiritual solace to residents and tourists alike.

Rockefeller Center

Known for its giant Christmas tree and ice skating rink during winter season, the Rockefeller Center actually comprises 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th Street 51st Street Manhattan.

It’s also home to NBC Studios, the Radio City Music Hall, and numerous shops and restaurants.

Top of the Rock

Offering stunning 360-degree views of New York City, Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is another must-visit observation deck.

With three levels indoors outdoors it provides unobstructed vistas of Central Park, the Empire State Building, and beyond, making it a worthwhile addition to your itinerary.

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Museum of Modern Art

As one of the most influential modern art museums in the world, the Museum Modern Art or MoMA houses an extensive collection that includes works by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, among others.

In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also hosts traveling exhibits, lectures, and film screenings.

Times Square

Known as ‘The Crossroads of the World’ Times Square is one of NYC’s most famous landmarks teeming with bright neon billboards, Broadway theaters, mega stores and live entertainment street performances.

Experience energy vibrancy this bustling square day night for unforgettable memories.

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Empire State Building

This world-famous skyscraper offers two observation decks on 86th 102nd floors providing panoramic views of the entire city and beyond.

The visit to the Empire State Building also allows you to visit exhibits detailing its construction history making it an educational experience too.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Practical Information
  3. What to Expect at Summit One Vanderbilt
  4. Tips To Visit The Summit One Vanderbilt
  5. Accessibility
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Where To Stay Near Summit One Vanderbilt
  8. More Observation Decks in New York City
  9. Other Nearby Attractions