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 in 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 8:45 pm
September 5th - December 31st: Last ticket sold at 8:15 pm
Special Dates:
July 4th: Last ticket sold at 5:15 pm
September 11th: Last ticket sold at 8:15 pm
December 24th: Last ticket sold at 7:15 pm
December 25th: Last ticket sold at 7:15 pm
December 31st: Last ticket sold at 7:15 pm
January 1, 2019: Last ticket sold at 7:15 pm

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Sheryl L
Lincolnton, North Carolina, United States
"View like no other"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
Our family of 6 purchased tickets online beforehand. Our wait in line for checking in was about 20 minutes. The elevator ride was incredibly smooth (I have motion sickness and was especially concerned about the elevator ride, but I had no problems!). The reveal once at the top was breathtaking. Enjoyed seeing the city just before sunset and watching the evening settle in and the lights illuminate in all the buildings.
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kellyedv
Frisco, Texas
"View from the top is amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
It is worth the extra fee to schedule your trip to the top rather than stand in line. On a clear day you have a 360 degree view of the city and surroundings. They have a reasonably priced cafe for lunch. Only problem is there are no seats, you have to stand at counters to eat your food.
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RobinsRatings
Atlanta, Ga
"Amazing View"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
It was clear as a bell the day my daughter and I visited the observatory. It was crowded but we had purchased our tickets in advance so there was only a few minute wait for the incredible elevator ride to the top, which by the way didn't even feel as if you were moving. As you rode up a video displayed on the wall panels showing the growth of NYC from forest to skyscrapers, very well done. Unfortunately you can't predict the weather, but we lucked out. They do offer the ability to come back another day if the weather isn't cooperating, so don't plan on attending on your last day in the city.
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Gregory F
"Wonderful Customer Service"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
I'd been to One World multiple times for both events and general travel and both times, I have had superior customer service. Ms. Shannon Jackson is a wonderful representation of the sales team and works to ensure that everyone is taken care of, no matter the capacity of the event. One World does a wonderful job of emerging the customer into a one of a kind experience.
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Global248266
"Lorie Cross of Cushing,Oklahoma"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
Was an amazing experience with a millionaire dollar view. Reasonably priced,both kids loved it.I being a photographer loved it,I have some great shots to put on canvas.
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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.