One World Observatory in New York, NY

One World Trade CenterNew York, NY 10007
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Overview

One World Observatory offers unparalleled views of New York City, along with interactive exhibits and experiences including the Global Welcome Center, Sky Pod Elevator, and See Forever Theater TM. Located at the top of One World Trade Center, this revolutionary attraction is bound to be the highlight of your New York City adventure. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to “See Forever!”

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Located at the top of One World Trade Center.
  • Parking is not available. Public transportation is highly recommended.
  • Three dining options are available on the 101st floor of the building.
  • An ideal attraction for guests of all ages.
  • Allow 45 minutes to 1-hour for your experience.

Description

from One World Observatory
THE WORLD SAW IT RISE.
THE WORLD SAW IT TAKE SHAPE.
WE NOW INVITE THE WORLD TO…
SEE FOREVER™.

THESE WORDS GO BEYOND THE VIEW.
THEY SPEAK TO THE PROMISE OF TODAY.
AND URGE US TO LOOK TOWARD THE HORIZON:
TO THE OPPORTUNITY, THE POSSIBILITY.

COME SEE THE EVER-CHANGING FACE OF A CITY,
A COUNTRY AND A WORLD.

COME START AT ONE,
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY™

START WITH AN EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the 1,776 foot tall One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory™ provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters.

GLOBAL WELCOME CENTER
Begin your journey at our ever-changing video wall, which welcomes you in ten languages and celebrates the homelands of our international visitors.

VOICES
Listen to the heartfelt true stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center in an inspiring walk-through video montage.

SKY POD ELEVATOR
As you ride to the top, watch over 500 years of New York City evolution in under 60 seconds. This breathtaking ascension uses floor-to-ceiling LED technology to surround you with an immersive virtual time-lapse unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

SEE FOREVER THEATER™
Clear your mind and connect with the rhythms of the city. At the end of this audio-visual experience, get your first glimpse of the spectacular skyline.

MAIN OBSERVATORY
On the 100th floor, take your time exploring expansive, panoramic views in every direction. Discover Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and the surrounding waters from an entirely new perspective.

FL. 100
OBSERVATORY: SKY PORTAL
Take a break from looking out, and look down. Stand over this clear, 14-foot glass disc and see what’s happening on the city streets 100 stories below.

You should allow approximately 45 minutes to 1-hour to complete your visit.

Your ticket is good for the time and date printed on the ticket. Just arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your entry time to avoid any delays; no need to wait on line for entry to the building. Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity – you may be required to wait until the first possible open time slot. Tickets are non-refundable.

Please Note:

May 1st - September 4th: Last Ticket Sold at 8:45PM
September 5th - December 31st: Last Ticket Sold at 8:15PM
Special Dates:
July 4th: Last Ticket Sold 5:15PM
September 11th: Last Ticket Sold 8:15PM
December 24th: Last Ticket Sold 6:15PM
December 25th: Last Ticket Sold 8:15PM
December 31st:Last Ticket Sold 6:15PM
January 1, 2019: Last Ticket Sold at 8:15PM

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retusafguy
Syosset, NY
"Great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
It costs a few bucks to get on the elevator, but it is certainly worth it. It's nice to see something beautiful rise out of that place and the building is testimony to the resilience of that city.
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Grigeli
Rafz, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
"Great view"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
It was really stunning standig in that high plattform in the clouds, from where you have a magnificent view over the whole city... a must!
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stuiepat
Cardiff
"What a building"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
Amazing building, engineering masterpiece, the lifts are incredible, you can feel the pressure as they ascended and descend, views are incredible, you can see over to New Jersey and Brooklyn, buy your tickets online before you go to skip the queue.
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Torkm68
Pitmedden, United Kingdom
"Stunning views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
Wow , the whole buildup with the gorgeous graphics in the elevator to the small video at the observation lounge and then the final stunning reveal is so well done but mere words cannot do justice to the views of NYC from the lounge , absolutely wonderful way to see the city from on high. We had prebooked a time so queues weren't a problem and it was very smooth from the security check through to the wait for the lifts. Once at the top you can stay as long as you want and we spent a leisurely hour circumnavigating the top checking out the views in all directions , shop was very good though we didn't try the café/restaurant
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Jo A
York, United Kingdom
"Amazing views from Downtown"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
Fantastic trip. We pre-booked and I'm glad we did. We were there for a few hours and once we were in there was no rushing us out at all and it was not full, and very relaxed. The views are magnificent, looking out over Brooklyn, New Jersey, as well as the Statue of Liberty and of course Manhattan.
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Frequently Asked Questions about One World Observatory

Is parking available?
No. Use of public transportation is highly recommended to access lower Manhattan given the minimal availability of on-street parking.

How do timed tickets work? What are timed tickets?
Your ticket is good for the time and date printed on the ticket. Just arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your entry time, no need to wait in line for entry to the building. You must have a ticket to visit the Observatory. We encourage you to purchase tickets online in advance.

What happens if I arrive later than my entry time?
Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity – you may be required to wait until the first possible open time slot. We strongly encourage you to arrive earlier than your scheduled time to avoid any delays.

Is One World Observatory appropriate for kids?
Yes. The attraction is great for kids and guests of all ages.

Is One World Observatory accessible?
Yes, One World Observatory – including its exhibits and amenities – are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Are strollers allowed?
Yes. However, to access the elevators and escalators, you will be asked to remove your child and fold up your strollers.

Are pets allowed?
No. Only service animals are allowed.

Can I take pictures?
Yes. Guests are encouraged to take pictures.

Can I bring my tripod or professional camera equipment?
DSLR cameras and flash pieces are permitted. However, any other professional photographic equipment, video cameras, recording devices, tripods, lights, and other such equipment are not permitted within the Observatory or West Plaza without prior written approval from One World Observatory management.

Can I bring food or drinks inside?
No. Outside food and beverages are prohibited.

What are the hours of operation for One World Observatory?
The attraction is open from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm seven (7) days a week. The last ticket is sold at the box office at 7:15 pm. Hours of operation are subject to change at the discretion of One World Observatory.

How long does it take to visit the Observatory?
It is recommended that guests allow approximately 45 minutes to an hour to experience One World Observatory.

Are public restrooms available?
Yes.

Can I rent an audio tour?
Yes, OWO offers One World Explorer, an enhanced audio/visual experience in place of a traditional audio tour. One World Explorer is a unique view-enhancing, iPad application offering virtual helicopter tours of New York’s most iconic sights. The spectacular view seen from the Observatory is brought up-close in an interactive, sight and sound experience where users simply scan the skyline and choose the sights they wish to explore. Please inquire about this once at the attraction.

Is there a security checkpoint?
Yes. All guests must submit to a security screening prior to entering One World Observatory.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes, on level 100.

Is smoking allowed?
No. Smoking is prohibited throughout the attraction.